City Bank, which has supported nonprofit organizations with $480,000 in nine years through its Community Rewards program, announced presentations Friday at the Griffin Center of $60,000 for 18 groups that received the most public votes supporting their work.
Awards ranged from $1,000 to $5,000 each, with an extra $5,000 presented to Lubbock Impact as the overall winner among the top 18.
Cory Newsom, president and chief executive officer of City Bank, told a luncheon audience at the bank’s main branch on City Bank Parkway that people are interested in making sure their organization is is able to continue on.
“I’m so thankful for what you wanted to do for this community. We hope that the money is beneficial.”
Wanda Brunson, speaking on behalf of Lubbock Impact, said, “We’re a faith-based community outreach. We serve about 300 people. We have our medical help for the uninsured population.”
She said, “We have an amazing church and youth mentor program. We have a clothes closet, food vouchers, pantry, and we do everything on Wednesday.
“So, if people can get there, they can get all they need. We’re very thankful for this.”
According to Norval Pollard, vice president of business development for City Bank, the method of awarding recipients was changed two years ago to allow the top organization in terms of votes, to receive an extra $5,000.
Gail Barnes, a recipient for the South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, expressed appreciation to City Bank for her organization, which was grouped with two other animal-related nonprofits:
“On behalf of all the wildlife, which is part of our natural resources, thank you so much.”
Other winners in the Animals/Environment category were Animal Rescue of Crosby County and Dusty Puddles Dachshund Rescue.
Amie Duermer, executive director of South Plains Kidney Foundation, said in accepting the award for her organization, “Thank you, City Bank; thank you everybody who voted. We really appreciate it.
“We’re a local organization that helps people in the Lubbock area with education and awareness of chronic kidney disease. We’re able to help people with food vouchers and gas vouchers, with transportation and nutrition assistance.”
Other organizations in a Health and Wellness category that received awards were Lubbock Crosby Garza Medical Society Foundation and Refuge Services.
In a category of Youth Development and Advocacy, winners were Youth for Christ, Project Linus and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
The Education and Youth Services category winners were Wayland Baptist University, Lubbock; Southcrest Christian School; and High Point Village.
Winners of the Community Contribution and Leadership category were Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Holly’s Hope and Los Hermanos Familia.
In addition to Lubbock Impact, the Basic Human Needs category winners were Catholic Charities and Unpack Incorporated.