Paragon and FedEx Top Execs Champion March of Dimes 2007

March of Dimes of Memphis announces Matthew Thornton, III, Senior Vice President of FedEx US Operations and Robert Shaw, President, CEO, and a founder of Paragon National Bank have been selected to serve as co-chairs for the 2007 Signature Chef’s Gala benefiting the March of Dimes Birth Defect Foundation.

Both Shaw and Thornton are actively involved in planning and securing support for the event which is the third largest March of Dimes fundraiser in the nation.

Matthew is senior vice president of FedEx U.S. Operations and has been with the company since 1978. A native Memphian, he is involved in our community and is currently donating his personal time to building a successful fundraising event. “The March of Dimes mission is so important to the future of our community that I felt compelled to participate in helping raise funds for such a worthy cause,” said Matthew.

A 25 year veteran of the financial industry, Robert Shaw is the president, chief executive officer, and a founder of Paragon National Bank. A native of Oxford, Mississippi, Robert is a recognized leader in banking and has a strong commitment to the mid-south community. “As a father, I am particularly aware of how precious our community’s children are and the March of Dimes works to save babies lives everyday,” he says. “I can’t think of a better way to help our community than working with them.”

FedEx is the presenting sponsor and Paragon National Bank is a corporate sponsor of the event. This year’s gala will be held at The Peabody Hotel in the Grand Ballroom, November 4 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Almost two dozen chefs will serve their signature dishes and guests will have the opportunity to bid on custom dining and travel packages. Wine tasting and silent and live auctions will be other highlights of the evening. The gala is ranked among the top 10 events staged by the March of Dimes nationally raising a record-breaking $293,781 in 2006 directly benefiting birth defects and premature births.

A limited number of individual tickets are available at $150.00 per person. Sponsorship tables also are available beginning at $1,500. For ticket and table sales or more information go to or please call 901-385-8580.