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Paragon Bank made its final visit of the school year to Ms. Kimberly Martin’s first grade classroom at Hawkins Mill Elementary School on May 21. The visit marked the conclusion of the eighth straight year that Paragon has sponsored Martin’s classroom.
“Our team enjoys the annual visits to Ms. Martin’s classroom, and we had a great time with her first graders this year,” said Robert Shaw, Chief Executive Officer at Paragon Bank. “Paragon prides itself on bettering the community through service in and outside of the office, and our team is already looking forward to working with Ms. Martin’s students next year.”
Paragon employees Penny Hill, Anita Meyers, Wes Minton, Haley Overcast and Tracey Thesmar celebrated the students’ last day of school by reading the story The Very Lonely Firefly, creating a firefly craft and handing out snacks. Additionally, Paragon left the students with goody bags and provided Martin with school supplies for the upcoming school year.
Paragon National Bank recently partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Midsouth for the seventh time to grant the wish of a child in Memphis. At least 38 Paragon employees volunteered their time and resources to make the bank’s Fountain Place location fit for a princess in honor of nine-year old Sheyla, whose wish was to have a complete room makeover.
“It’s enormously rewarding for our employees to play a part in such a special day for Sheyla and her family,” said Robert Shaw, Chief Executive Officer of Paragon National Bank. “Make-A-Wish is a tremendous organization and we look forward to granting many more wishes in the years to come.”
Sheyla arrived at the bank with her family for what she believed was a karaoke contest, only to realize that the event was for her. After competing against three other contestants in Paragon Pop Idol, Sheyla was declared the winner and escorted to a room for a special princess costume change. After donning her pink princess gown and tiara, Sheyla was greeted by a prince and taken on a horse-drawn carriage ride with her family and friends outside the bank. Following the carriage ride, Sheyla played a life-size version of the Pretty Princess game and won many special prizes including a princess dress, tiara and crown, pillows for her new room, nail polish, bath bubbles and other spa items, as well as a spa day for Sheyla and her mother.
After the Pretty Princess game, it was revealed that Sheyla’s wish would be granted and she would receive a newly designed bedroom featuring a special Disney World princess canopy bed, a princess chandelier, a beaded curtain over her closet door and life-size princess stickers for her walls.
“This event was such a success and truly perfect for Sheyla,” said Ashley Clark, Development Coordinator for Make-A-Wish. “You could tell she really felt like a princess and was very deserving of all the special attention that Paragon employees gave her. We’re very grateful for Paragon’s continued support of Make-A-Wish.”
Paragon was able to grant Sheyla’s wish with additional support from several area organizations that include Carriage Tours of Memphis, Eden Spas, Malco Theatres, Inc., Monograms by Cie, Miss Collierville and Miss Teen Collierville.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Founded in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, with 64 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and nearly 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 40 minutes and has granted more than 200,000 wishes in the United States since its inception. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit wish.org and discover how you canshare the power of a wish®.
Members of Team Paragon with Sheyla and her family
Paragon National Bank recently partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Midsouth for the sixth time to grant the wish of a child. More than 25 Paragon employees volunteered their time and resources to transform the bank’s Fountain Place location into Paragon’s Sport Plex for eight-year old Lazarus Allen, whose wish was to go on a Disney Cruise.
“The excitement and joy that we experience each time we’re able to play a part in making a child’s dream come true is priceless,” said Robert Shaw, President of Paragon National Bank. “Our employees truly enjoy partnering with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and we look forward to granting many more wishes in the coming years.”
Upon arriving at the bank, Lazarus and his family were greeted by referee Andy Taylor, Paragon’s Executive VP and Senior Special Assets Officer, and Kim Hall, Paragon’s Senior VP of Treasury Management and an Ambassador of Make-A-Wish. The special guest was led through Paragon’s Sport Plex, where he enjoyed putt-putt golf, football, a Michael Jackson dance-off and a game of laser tag with Paragon’s Rescue Squad. At the end of the evening, it was revealed that Lazarus’ wish would be granted and he and his family would enjoy a Disney cruise.
With the help of Costco, Shirt Bistro, Edwin Watts, Nick Wright, Garibaldi’s Pizza, The Grizz Girls, Ridgeway High School Cheerleaders and Pure Laser Tag, Paragon was able to provide an amazing and unforgettable evening filled with fun games for Lazarus and his family.
For more information about this wish, visit Make-A-Wish.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Founded in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, with 64 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and nearly 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 40 minutes and has granted more than 200,000 wishes in the United States since its inception. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit wish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.
Paragon National Bank is the Memphis region’s most service-oriented and locally focused bank. Paragon provides individuals and small to mid-sized businesses and their owners with a comprehensive package of both business and personal banking solutions delivered online and in person. Paragon stands out in the crowd of Memphis banks with its local ownership and focus, cutting edge technology and convenience, and the experienced Paragon team.
For more information about Paragon National Bank, please call (901) 273-2900 or visit us online at www.bankparagon.com.
Fourteen-year-old Denarius Price’s wish was to go on a shopping spree–and that wish has come true thanks to Make-a-Wish Foundation and the dedicated team here at Paragon National Bank.
One of Team Paragon’s most beloved traditions is the granting of a wish for a Make-a-Wish kid. Each year seems to top the year before, and this year was no exception. Team members set up various areas of Paragon’s Fountain Place location with a Wii Tournament. The private banking floor hosted a Wii baseball game, the operations floor hosted a Wii Guitar Hero game, and the consumer banking center hosted a Wii racing game. The grand finale event was a Wii boxing match, hosted in the bank’s conference suite, with very special guest Shawn Porter, a professional boxer and 2008 Olympian. Shawn was defeated by Denarius in the final round, clinching Denarius his prize: his shopping spree wish!
After the Wii tournament’s grand boxing finale, Wish Kid Denarius Price got a few tips from 2008 Olympic boxer Shawn Porter. Also pictured is Shawn’s father, Ken Porter, Paragon wish announcer and personal banker Dave Biter, and Shawn’s promoter Brian Young.
Paragon employees granted a wish to Gabby Rutledge – made possible by our customers who have opened new accounts at Paragon.
During the February 2005, grand opening celebration, we announced that $10 would be given to Make-A-Wish of the Mid-South for every new account until Paragon could grant a wish to a child with a life-threatening illness.
When our goal was reached, employees at Paragon divided into five groups to prepare separate areas of the Fountain Place offices for granting the wish. Kim Hall, who played Dora the Explorer, and Tracey Wilson, who played the tour guide, greeted Gabby and her family at the entrance of Fountain Place. Gabby followed clues from one area of the bank to another playing games and solving puzzles. Areas decorated and visited by Gabby and her family included Lollipop Forest, Lily Pad Lake, Treasure Island, Care-A-Lot, and finally Cinderella’s Ball. At each stop employees were dressed in costumes that fit the theme of the area.
At the last stop, Gabby was surprised by an invitation to Cinderella’s Ball. She was given a ball gown, “glass” slippers, and a crown to wear. Her fairy godmother, played by Dorothy Cleaves, escorted Gabby to the Chevron Suite, where she was greeted by Prince Charming (Cary Allen). Prince Charming presented her with flowers and a large box. Minnie Mouse (Janie Day) popped out of the box, and Gabby was informed that her wish to go to Disney World had been granted.
Gabby and her family enjoyed the wish granting – Paragon employees were genuinely gratified by the experience. They look forward to the next wish. As announced at the Fountain Place grand opening, $10 will again be given to Make-A-Wish for each new account opened until another wish can be granted.