Paragon National Bank recently completed its annual campaign for the United Way of the Mid-South, noting a significant increase in both employee participation and contributions for the year. Compared to its 2011 campaign, the bank experienced a 70% increase in employee participation and a 147% increase in the total amount raised in 2012. The 2012 campaign total includes a match from an anonymous donor.
“Our employees’ participation during the bank’s United Way campaign is an extension of their commitment to service,” said Robert Shaw, CEO of Paragon. “We remain focused on supporting the community through our efforts both inside and outside of Paragon and I’m extremely proud of our team for consistently challenging themselves to do more.”
Paragon hosted an official kick-off breakfast to announce the 2012 United Way campaign to employees. The event featured Shelby County Commissioner Chris Thomas, who discussed Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Memphis, the impact it had on his life and how important the United Way is for nonprofit and community organizations. Thomas’ Big Brother was Mike Edwards, Paragon’s President and COO, and the two have continued their relationship for the last 35 years.
Following the kick-off event, employees were offered incentives to participate during the two-week campaign through company drawings and giveaways, which helped the bank set a record involvement rate and exceed the campaign fundraising goals for the year.
“It was inspiring to see our employees work together during my first United Way campaign with Paragon,” said Edwards. “I have witnessed the impact that community organizations, like Big Brothers Big Sisters, have on young people and I’m proud to be a part of a team that’s actively working to make a difference in Memphis.”
About United Way of the Mid-South
As a member of United Way Worldwide, United Way of the Mid-South has served the people of the community since 1923 through impacting people's lives by mobilizing community resources to address critical health and human service needs. For more information, please visit uwmidsouth.org.