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Paragon Bank partnered with Make-A-Wish Mid-South to help send 3-year old Ana to the Walt Disney World® Resort with her family. This marks the 10th consecutive year Paragon has collaborated with the foundation to grant the wish of a child in the Mid-South.
“It’s an honor to work with Make-A-Wish, and we are delighted for Ana and her family to experience this vacation together,” said Robert Shaw, Chief Executive Officer at Paragon Bank. “Our employees look forward to this event every year, and it’s beyond humbling to witness the joy on a child’s face when his or her wish is granted.”
On May 28, Paragon’s Fountain Place Banking Center was transformed into a castle from Ana’s favorite Disney film, “Frozen.” Paragon employees dressed up in costumes from various Disney movies and rolled out the red carpet for Ana and her family, starting with a horse-drawn carriage ride around the neighborhood. As they made their way to the throne, Ana was presented with gifts before learning her wish had come true: she was going to Disney World.
“For 10 years, Paragon Bank has been a partner to Make-A-Wish Mid-South in more ways than we could have imagined,” said Liz Nelson, Make-A-Wish Mid-South President & CEO. “The employees of Paragon Bank give their time, treasures and talents to make wishes come true for children in the Mid-South.”
As part of its #PB10for10 campaign, a yearlong celebration of the bank’s 10th anniversary, 48 Paragon employees donated their time and efforts to prepare for and take part in the event. Additional donations were provided by Chick-fil-A at Poplar and Massey, McDonald’s at Poplar and Estate, Mr. Lincoln’s Costume Shoppe and The Carriage Company.
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. For more information, please visit www.midsouth.wish.org or call (901) 680-WISH (9474).
Paragon Bank’s Small Business Capital Group recently participated in a service day through Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County. Specifically, it was part of the Habitat DeKalb program known as “A Brush of Kindness.” The team spent the day helping clean and fix up the exterior of a local woman’s home.
“Our team was honored to be a part of this special day, and we hope the work and time invested leaves a lasting impact,” said Robert Shaw, Chief Executive Officer at Paragon Bank. “Giving back to the communities in which we work, while building relationships with the people in them, is what Paragon is all about.”
The woman living in the home is unable to move throughout her house without assistance, so she spends most of her time in a recliner, while people come by each morning and evening to drop off food for her. Because of her inability to get around, she asked for help improving the look of the exterior of her home.
The Paragon team stepped in and granted this request, as they spent the day working on large and small repairs. Some of the work included painting the front porch posts, as well as fixing and painting the wheelchair ramp and gate. In addition, the team completed an extensive amount of yard work, helping to transform the appearance of the entire property.
About Paragon Small Business Capital Group
Paragon Small Business Capital Group is a team of experienced SBA professionals. With over 150 years of combined experience, the group is prepared to help businesses and individuals navigate the SBA lending world of 7(a), 504, USDA B&I and Conventional loans for small businesses. The Paragon Small Business Capital Group specializes in franchise lending, with loans to 62 unique franchises over the last decade.
Paragon Bank hosted its 10th annual reception for the opening of the St. Agnes Academy senior art exhibit on April 16. The reception took place at the Fountain Place Banking Center and showcased work by eight students in Janis McCarty’s AP art class. Paragon will continue to feature the artwork through the remainder of April.
“Year after year, we are privileged to celebrate the outstanding work produced by the senior class at St. Agnes Academy,” said Robert Shaw, Chief Executive Officer at Paragon Bank. “Ms. McCarty is a wonderful teacher and mentor, and we are honored to have these students’ work in the bank for both customers and our employees to enjoy.”
At the reception, students took friends and family around the Fountain Place Banking Center to see their artwork and indulge in refreshments provided by Paragon. This year’s art exhibit featured work from AP students Lena Baioni, Emma Efkeman, Mary Fortney, Mara Healy, Christina Henry, Julia Valdes, Johanna Wayland-Smith and Frances Wenger.
For the past 10 years, Paragon Bank has displayed artwork from local schools in an effort to support the talented student artists in the Memphis community. Each month, artwork from a different school is hosted at its Saddle Creek Banking Center. This year’s reception for St. Agnes was part of Paragon’s yearlong #PB10for10 campaign, which was established to commemorate a decade of community impact.