Paragon Grants Ninth Wish for Make-A-Wish Child in Memphis

Paragon Bank worked with Make-A-Wish Mid-South to grant 14-year-old Carrie-Lynn’s wish of meeting World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) professional wrestler John Cena. This is the ninth consecutive year that Paragon has worked with Make-A-Wish Mid-South to grant the wish of a child being treated in Memphis.

“We are honored to work with such an incredible organization like Make-A-Wish Mid-South,” said Robert Shaw, Chief Executive Officer at Paragon Bank. “Our employees worked hard to organize Carrie-Lynn’s big day, and what a special moment it was for us to see the look on her face when her wish was granted. This is an annual tradition that Paragon looks forward to continuing long into the future.”

Paragon staff donated more than 150 hours of their time to prepare for this year’s Make-A-Wish event. In addition to spending time outside office hours to set up for the event, employees had the opportunity to volunteer during the workday through the bank’s Assisting the Community Through Service (ACTS) program. ACTS grants Paragon employees one week of paid time to support a nonprofit organization of their choosing.

On August 25, Carrie-Lynn was picked up by a limousine, which took her to Paragon’s Fountain Place banking center. Once inside the bank, Paragon employees played several rounds of Let’s Make a Deal with Carrie-Lynn. After winning the game, Carrie-Lynn learned from Make-A-Wish Development Coordinator Rebekah Sudduth that the bank was granting her wish to meet WWE professional wrestler John Cena.

“Each year, I am honored to see the dedication and compassion demonstrated by the employees of Paragon Bank,” said Rebekah Sudduth, Make-A-Wish Mid-South Development Coordinator. “Their willingness to fund and give the time to help reveal a wish to the child is just incredible. We are so fortunate to have companies like Paragon in our community and involved with our organization.”

Paragon was able to grant Carrie-Lynn’s wish with additional support from local organizations including Larry’s Pizza and Coletta’s Restaurant, who donated food, and Farris Bobango Attorneys at Law, who donated suite tickets for a WWE event.

About Make-A-Wish® Mid-South

Make-A-Wish® Mid-South was founded in 1986, by a local businessman who recognized the need for an organization to help sick children in the Mid-South. More than 4,600 wishes have been granted to critically ill children in the Mid-South. To give your time, treasures or talents, please visit www.midsouth.wish.org or call (901) 680-WISH (9474).

Paragon Grants Eighth Wish for Make-A-Wish Child

Paragon National Bank recently worked with Make-A-Wish® Mid-South
to grant the wish of four-year-old Connor. Around 50 Paragon employees devoted
their time to transform the bank’s Fountain Place lobby into the Pizza Planet
Arcade from the Disney movie, “Toy Story.” Employees also constructed a
racetrack featuring a theme from Disney’s “Cars.” This is the eighth year in a
row that Paragon has worked with Make-A-Wish Mid-South to grant the wish of a
Memphis child.

“Our employees worked really hard
to prepare for Connor’s arrival and it was extremely rewarding for them to be a
part of his special day,” said Robert Shaw, Chief Executive Officer at Paragon
National Bank. “We are grateful to work with such a wonderful organization like
Make-A-Wish Mid-South and look forward to granting many more wishes in the
years to come.”

Paragon employees dedicated nearly
150 hours of their time to prepare for this year’s Make-A-Wish event. In
addition to spending evenings and weekends working on event projects, some
staff members took time during the day to volunteer through the bank’s
Assisting the Community Through Service (ACTS) program. ACTS grants Paragon
employees one week of paid time to support the nonprofit organization of their
choosing.

On June 25, Connor arrived at
Paragon under the impression that he would receive a special tour of the bank.
After meeting Paragon employees Hank Word and Andy Taylor, who were dressed up
as Buzz Lightyear and Sherriff Woody respectively, Connor realized his visit
was more than a tour. Connor and his sister, Caroline, were escorted around the
Pizza Planet Arcade to meet more Toy Story characters and play several games
created by the Paragon team. After winning each game, both children received
special gifts from Paragon.

At the final stop in the Arcade,
Connor and Caroline played the Space Crane game, which was shaped like the
rocket ship included in the movie. After winning several prizes from The Claw,
a well-known reference from “Toy Story,” Connor won a racecar uniform that he
changed into for the next phase of the event.

Once changed into his new outfit,
Connor and his family headed to the bank’s parking lot, where they sat inside
two real racecars, a tow truck and a police car. After sounding the police car
siren, Connor and his family went back inside the bank. Next, Connor raced
against others in cardboard cars, which bank employees created to resemble
characters from the animated film, “Cars.”

After crossing the finish line
first in the bank’s boardroom, Connor received a large trophy for winning the
race. As everyone gathered in the room, Connor learned from Paragon employee
Ashley Cullum that the bank was also granting his wish to go to Disney World.
After opening more gifts for his trip, Conner his family enjoyed pizza and
refreshments.

“Seeing Connor’s face as his wish
came true, surrounded by the generous employees of Paragon, made us all believe
in the hope, strength and joy a wish can bring to a sick child and his family,”
said Rebekah Sudduth, Development Coordinator for Make-A-Wish Mid-South. “We
are so thankful for amazing partners like Paragon. They have sponsored many
wishes throughout the years and each one is a unique, specially thought out
experience for the wish child.”

Paragon was able to grant Connor’s
wish with additional support from several organizations including Chick-fil-A,
Garibaldi’s Pizza, Mr. Lincoln’s Costume Shoppe and Uncle Dave’s Auto Shop.
Additionally, Derek Hagar provided his Sprint racecar; United States Army
veteran Hale Barclay provided army gear; and Randy Davis, husband of Paragon
employee Joyce Davis, provided a police car.

Paragon Grants Seventh Wish for Child

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 Grants Sixth Wish

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.

Paragon Grants its Fifth Wish in Five Years

Paragon National Bank recently partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the MidSouth for the fifth year in a row to grant the wish of a child.

Paragon employees volunteered their time and resources to create a spectacular fall festival and haunted house for Chase.  He arrived at Paragon’s Fountain Place location believing he had simply been invited to a Halloween party, and walked into the building to find that the party was actually for him!

The first stop on Chase’s wish party was face painting, followed by a stop at The Chase Café, where he and his family were invited to enjoy fall festival fare including candy apples, hot dogs, popcorn, and “dirt” cake.  Next Chase and his two brothers moved on to Bobbing for Donuts, where donuts were hanging by strings and each boy had to attempt to eat the donut using only their mouths.  Although it was difficult, Chase emerged victorious, winning his first prize…an Alvin & The Chipmunks DVD! 

Next, he moved on to the Harvest Toss, where he and his brothers were encouraged to throw beanbags through a small hole.  Chase proved very adept at the Harvest Toss, and his winning toss earned him a visit from Rockey the Redbird, the mascot for his favorite team, The Memphis Redbirds!  Rockey presented him with a gift bag full of goodies, courtesy of The Memphis Redbirds, before posing for photos with the family.

After the Harvest Toss, Chase and his brothers were chased by “zombies” and with no other escape, they had to run to the haunted house, where they were greeted by a table full of “body parts,” including eyeballs, brains, guts, and a monster head.  Then they were terrified and thrilled by the other horrors of the spectacular haunted house, but they finally made it out and were guided back to Paragon’s lobby, where Chase saw Minnie Mouse wandering around.  Banners were released saying that Chase had been granted his wish to go to Disneyworld!  He was given several gifts including more DVDs, a personal DVD player and case, a book, and a journal. Before Chase and his family said goodbye, Rockey the Redbird treated everyone to an impromptu dance to the Michael Jackson classic, “Thriller.” 

“Being a part of such a huge moment in a child’s life is immeasurably precious to us,” Robert Shaw, Paragon’s President and CEO said.  “We’ve helped grant a wish for a deserving child every year since our opening and it’s always so rewarding.” Paragon plans to continue the tradition of a wish-granting each fall and other partnership opportunities with Make-A-Wish throughout the year.

Team Paragon Grants its Fourth Wish

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 Customers Make Possible the Granting of Another Wish

Paragon National Bank today announced that it has granted another Make-A-Wish Foundation® wish for a local child. Six-year-old Amber Frans arrived at Paragon’s Fountain Place branch yesterday afternoon and was surprised by the bank’s staff with a special version of the popular NBC series “Deal or No Deal.” The ultimate prize was Amber’s wish: a trip to Disney World. Amber and her family will travel to Disney World later this month.

“The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a wonderful organization and granting wishes is a highlight for everyone at Paragon,” said Robert Shaw, president. 

Combining aspects of the game show and Amber’s love for all things “princess,” Paragon reworked the game so that Amber won prizes as she made her way to the grand prize. Paragon employees dressed as Disney® characters including Cinderella, Snow White, Mickey Mouse, and Minnie Mouse, held briefcases for Amber to choose, while the host was none other than Prince Charming. The bank, appropriately enough, stayed true to the game by having a mysterious banker call and offer Amber less than tempting offers. Amber confidently said, “No deal!” each time the banker called and her instincts paid off as Mickey and Minnie revealed at the end of the game that her wish to go to Disney World had been granted.

Paragon’s involvement with the organization began in February 2005 during its grand opening celebration.  At that time, the bank pledged $10 to Make-A-Wish of the Mid-South for every new account.  The first wish was granted in November 2005 and Gabby Rutledge and her family enjoyed a trip to Disney World.

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work.  The Foundation’s mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities.  Since its humble beginnings, the organization has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon, reaching more than 144,000 children around the world.  Although it has become one of the world’s most well known charities, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has maintained the grassroots fulfillment of its mission.  A network of more than 25,000 volunteers enable the Make-A-Wish Foundation to serve children with life-threatening medical conditions. Volunteers serve as wish granters, fundraisers, special events assistants and in numerous other capacities.

Paragon Grants Another Wish

Paragon employees granted a wish to Gabby Rutledge – made possible by our customers who have opened new accounts at Paragon.

Dora the Explorer & Tracey Wilson greeted Gabby
Dora the Explorer & Tracey Wilson greeted Gabby

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.

Gabby celebrates with her Paragon friends!
Gabby celebrates with her Paragon friends!

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.