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For the sixth straight year, the Spartanburg office of Carolina Alliance Bank has been named the March of Dimes’ Small Business of the Year. For the third year in a row, the bank also was presented with the Top Financial Institution Award.
In addition, Senior Vice President and Commercial Banking Officer, Wayne McKinney, was recognized as the top individual fundraiser by the March of Dimes.
“We are all so proud of the work Wayne has done and his award shows how devoted he is to the Spartanburg community. For the bank to have received both the Small Business Award and be recognized as the Top Financial Institution is quite an accomplishment,” said John Poole, Chief Executive Officer of Carolina Alliance. “We have a great staff and very supportive customers and friends at Carolina Alliance that really take pride in supporting 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, 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 100 man hours as well as financial resources dedicated to this very worthy cause. The bank has won the award in six of the seven years it has been in existence. In addition, the bank has raised $62,549.84 over those seven years.
Carolina Alliance received the Top Financial Institution Award as its staff raised $12,191 which was more than any other financial institution in Spartanburg County. Each and every one of the bank’s staff members made some contribution to the campaign and many of our loyal customers also generously supported our 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 efforts of the organization.”
Selected highlights of Carolina Alliance’s contributions to the March of Dimes include:
-Raised $12,191 for the March for Babies.
-Held a Bake Sale featuring homemade specialties baked by bank staff with all donations benefiting the March of Dimes.
-Held a corn hole tournament for staff and all proceeds were donated to the March of Dimes.
-Published and sold a cookbook, “Cookin’ & Bakin’ ” which features family recipes from the Carolina Alliance staff. Cookbook sale proceeds were donated to the March of Dimes.
-Senior Vice President and Commercial Banking Officer Wayne McKinney was recognized as the March of Dimes’ top individual fundraiser! Way to go, Wayne!!
-Vice President and Senior Mortgage Officer Carolyn MacIntosh volunteers as Chairwoman of the March of Dimes Board of Directors Spartanburg Chapter. She is also a member of the March of Dimes South Carolina State Chapter’s Board of Directors.