25 Years of Giving Video Contest winners announced – Sevier County’s Friends of the Smokies to receive $25,000

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SEVIERVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 1, 2018 – The First Horizon Foundation, which operates as First Tennessee Foundation and Capital Bank Foundation, is proud to announce the nonprofit winners of its 25 Years of Giving Video Contest, commemorating its 25 years of strengthening communities.

A total of $275,000 will be awarded to 35 organizations across Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia who will receive grant awards ranging from $2,500 to $25,000 for their organization’s compelling stories.

Friends of the Smokies will receive a $25,000 award.

“First Tennessee Foundation has a long history of supporting our local organizations, and I am thrilled that the Friends of the Smokies has received the largest of any award given in the First Tennessee Foundation 25th anniversary video contest,” said Jim Millsaps, First Tennessee’s Community Bank President of Sevier County.

On June 25, the First Horizon Foundation announced the 25 Years of Giving Video Contest to celebrate its 25th anniversary of supporting the nonprofit organizations in the communities we serve. To celebrate this milestone, and introduce our Foundation as the Capital Bank Foundation in our Mid-Atlantic communities, nonprofit organizations were asked to submit a 60-second video sharing how we have partnered or how we could partner with their organization to support our communities.

More than 500 submissions were received and with the help of public voting, finalists were determined and a panel of judges selected our winners based on the following criteria:

  • Storytelling and messaging
  • Creativity and originality
  • Motivation and inspiration
  • Overall community impact

The full list of winners by level is as follows:

$25,000:
• Central Piedmont Community College of Charlotte, NC
• Friends of the Smokies of Kodak, TN
• HopeWorks of Memphis, TN
• New Ballet Ensemble & School of Memphis, TN

$10,000:
• Abilities Unlimited of the Carolinas of Charlotte, NC
• Appalachian Theatre of the High Country of Boone, NC
• Chattanooga Zoo of Chattanooga, TN
• Harwood Center of Memphis, TN
• Homeward Bound of Western North Carolina of Asheville, NC
• InterFaith Health Clinic of Knoxville, TN
• Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte of Charlotte, NC
• The ARC Williamson County of Franklin, TN
• Young-Williams Animal Center of Knoxville, TN

$5,000:
• Appalachian Bear Rescue of Townsend, TN
• Brother’s Keeper of Johnson City, TN
• Children’s Theatre of Charlotte of Charlotte, NC
• Forrest Spence Fund of Memphis, TN
• High Hopes Development Center of Franklin, TN
• Hope House of Memphis, TN
• Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga, TN
• Pink Palace Family of Museums of Memphis, TN
• Redemption Road Rescue of Jackson, TN
• Remote Area Medical of Rockford, TN
• Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast TN, Kingsport, TN
• Youth Villages of Memphis, TN

$2,500 – Honorable mention:
• Asian Culture Center of Knoxville, TN
• Emancipation Park Conservancy of Houston, TX
• Institute for Child and Family Health of Miami, FL
• Kids on Point of Charleston, SC
• La Paz of Chattanooga, TN
• Rock the Street, Wall Street of Nashville, TN
• Science Museum of Virginia Foundation of Richmond, VA
• Southern Reins of Memphis, TN
• The Performers Academy of Jacksonville, FL
• WKNO of Memphis, TN

First Horizon Foundation, which operates in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia as Capital Bank Foundation and in Tennessee and Texas as First Tennessee Foundation, is the private charitable foundation of First Horizon National Corporation.

Today also marks the opening of the 2019 grant cycle. Eligible nonprofits are encouraged to submit their funding requests for consideration by Dec.1.
To learn more, visit www.capitalbankfoundation.com or www.firsttennesseefoundation.com.

About the First Horizon Foundation
Founded in 1993, the First Horizon Foundation is the private charitable foundation of First Horizon National Corp., the parent company of First Tennessee Bank National Association (operating as Capital Bank and First Tennessee). Since its inception, our foundation has donated more than $80 million to meet community needs. The foundation has been honored for leadership in philanthropy and community involvement, and recognized by the American Bankers Association for our outstanding work in the community. First Horizon Foundation doing business as First Tennessee Foundation and Capital Bank Foundation.