I wanted to update everyone on some really great things going on in the community in the coming weeks. They all support wonderful causes, so bring the whole family out and enjoy!
- This Saturday, October 6, from 3-6pm is the Annual Ruritan Fish Fry for Grand Junction. Grand Junction has the largest Ruritan Club in West Tennessee, and all proceeds go to benefit community activities and scholarships for the city of Grand Junction. Tickets are $10 each. The event will be held at Grand Junction City Park. There will also be live entertainment, and a drawing sponsored by The Bank.
- Also on Saturday, October 6 at 9am will be the Annual St. Jude Trail Ride. All proceeds benefit St. Jude. The ride will start at Hines Farm, just south of Saulsbury, TN. A Billy Cook Roping Saddle will be raffled as well. Raffle tickets are for sale at The Bank for $5 each. The saddle is on display in the Grand Junction branch.
- On Saturday, October 13 from 8am-5pm the Annual Heritage Festival will be held at Ames Plantation. There will be exhibits, live music, arts and crafts, historical displays, antique tractors and farm equipment, and more! The Bank will have a booth and will be raffling a shot gun and gift basket.
Hope you can make it to some of these great events!
On September 22 from 8am-3pm, there will be Duncan Williams 2nd Annual Dragon Boat Race held at Mud Island. Teams of 22 people of all skill levels will participate in racing authentic Hong Kong style 46 foot dragon boats at Mud Island River Park. Portions of the race will benefit the Tennessee Clean Water Network which works to protect Tennessee’s water sources. The Bank will have its very own race team, “The Bank Castaways,” and will be holding a bake sale at the Piperton branch on Friday, September 14 during normal business hours. There is still time to volunteer at this great event. If you are not on a team or volunteering, you can still come and watch the boat races! Bring the family, picnic blankets and have a great time enjoying the beautiful park and races. Hope to see you there!
The Bank has partnered with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in their fundraiser Cottages for a Cure. The Bank has built two childrens’ playhouses (cottages) that will be up for bid at the auction party on Saturday, May 19 at 7:00pm at the Avenue Carriage Crossing mall in Collierville.
This cottage was inspired by historic Woodburn Farms barn in Somerville. It will be raffled to the public! To enter in a chance to win this adorable cottage, simply purchase tickets at any Bank location, the Avenue Carriage Crossing, or by calling the JDRF at (901) 861-6550. The tickets are $10 each or $25 for three.
The cottages are on display at the Avenue Carriage Crossing from now until May 19. All cottages (except the Woodburn barn replica that will be raffled) are available to purchase now, or available for auction at the auction party on the 19th at 7pm (tickets to the auction party are $35 and can be purchased here).
So everyone go look at the cottages, and buy tickets for a chance to win one! For more information, visit any of our branches for a brochure and tickets, or visit www.jdrf.org/cottages.
On September 10, 2011 (9/10/11…a once in a lifetime day), the 12th annual Fayette County Cotton Festival will be held at the Somerville town square. This year, there will be over 100 vendors, live music, food, activities for the kids, art and more. My personal favorite thing about the Cotton Festival is the Cotton Pickin’ 5K, benefitting Fayette Cares. The race starts at 8:30am and runners/walkers (strollers are allowed) can enjoy a scenic route through historical downtown Somerville. The first year (2009), they had a massive hill right before the end of the course, which, being a beginner runner at the time, I thought was pretty cruel. Course organizers must have thought so as well, because they moved the ending of the course to a friendlier straightaway for last year’s race. I love this race because it is small and everyone is welcome, runners and non-runners alike. If you place in your age division, you get a little cotton bale trophy. I actually have one of these coveted trophies from my first year where I placed 2nd in my age division (I’m pretty sure there were only two of us in the age division, and I was definitely the slow one.). Registration is open for the race now! Hope to see you there!