Carolina Alliance Named Small Business of the Year & Top Financial Institution by the March of Dimes.
Being active in the community is important to the staff of Carolina Alliance and participating in the March of Dimes is just one of the many ways we achieve this important goal. So, when we received awards for our efforts – well, it a testament to our staff and its commitment to Spartanburg County!
For the fourth straight year, Carolina Alliance has been named the March of Dimes’ Small Business of the Year. In addition, this year, the bank also was presented with the Top Financial Institution Award.
“To have received the Small Business Award for four straight years is quite an accomplishment. And for a bank such as ours, with 39 employees, to win the Top Financial Institution Award shows how devoted our staff is to the Spartanburg community,” said John Poole, President and CEO of Carolina Alliance Bank. “We have a great staff and very supportive customers and friends at Carolina Alliance that really take pride in reaching out to organizations such as the March of Dimes, who provide vital resources and support to our community.”
The Small Business Award, which recognizes Carolina Alliance’s outreach and fundraising efforts, also reflects the bank’s organizational commitment to the March of Dimes and March for Babies in the Spartanburg community. The collective contributions of the bank employees, includes more than 150 man hours and financial resources dedicated to this very worthy cause. The bank has won the award in four of the five years it has been open.
Carolina Alliance Bank received the Top Financial Institution Award as its staff of 39, raised $13,291.86, which is more than any other financial institution in Spartanburg County. In addition, every one of the bank’s staff members made some contribution to the campaign.
"We are honored to receive this recognition from the March of Dimes for our ongoing commitment and passion to community service and giving back to the Spartanburg community,” Poole said. “Several of our staff members have personal experience with the excellent work done by and through the March of Dimes and we truly appreciate the work done by the organization.”
Selected highlights of Carolina Alliance’s contributions to the March of Dimes include:
-Raised approximately $13,291.86 for the March for Babies
-Planned a Hot Dog Lunch which drew customers and friends from throughout the Spartanburg area, with all proceeds donated to the March of Dimes.
-Held a Bake Sale which included bank staff baking and selling homemade specialties with all donations forwarded to the March of Dimes.
-Held a Wii bowling tournament for staff, in which proceeds were donated to the March of Dimes.
-Staff participated in a pie-throwing contest where the senior staff person who received the most ‘votes’ (money for the March of Dimes) got a pie in the face.
-Published and sold a cookbook – “Cookin’ & Bakin’ ” which features family recipes from the Carolina Alliance staff. Cookbook sales were donated to the March of Dimes.
-Bank Vice President and Senior Mortgage Officer Carolyn MacIntosh volunteers as Chairwoman of the March of Dimes Board of Directors Spartanburg Chapter, and also is a member of the March of Dimes Board of Directors South Carolina State Chapter.