Magnolia Bank has announced its customer-driven charity promotion results, awarding $10,000 to six local nonprofits serving Hardin and LaRue counties.

“Magnolia Bank has a rich tradition of serving others in our community – demonstrated in the actions of our employees each day,” Magnolia Bank CEO Scott Conway said in a news release. “Giving back to local nonprofits with a history of accountability and success is a powerful way to make a difference.”

Coinciding with Magnolia Bank’s 100th anniversary celebration, new customers opening an account with the financial institution cast their vote for one of the six chosen nonprofits. Those selected received a percentage of the award, based on the number of votes collected. Awards to the selected charities are as follows:

• Mission Hope for Kids – $3,200

• Warm Blessings – $1,900

• The Community Health Clinic – $500

• Helping Hand of Hope – $1,100

• Shephard’s Pie Food Pantry – $2,800

• Kelly Dean Sanders Mem­or­ial Fund – $500

Mission Hope for Kids supports local at-risk students and Executive Director Nelle Thomas said the investment from Magnolia Bank will be used to provide students with the tools, skills and support they need to overcome the many obstacles they face both academically and emotionally.

“As we consider the number of students benefiting from our services, we are fortunate to have community partners like Magnolia Bank,” Thomas said in a release. “We thank them for believing in our students and investing in their future.”

In Hardin County, Warm Bless­ings also received a portion of customer votes. Warm Blessings is a nonprofit organization founded in Elizabethtown that provides meals and emergency shelter to people in crisis.

“We serve more than 1,500 meals a month to those living in poverty and we couldn’t do that without contributions from philanthropic partners like Magnolia Bank,” said Linda Funk, executive director of Warm Blessings, in the release. “Donations are vital to our operation from maintaining our ovens to keeping our van running. Magnolia Bank’s support is a blessing to the hundreds of local families who depend on us during difficult times.”

Serving Hardin and LaRue County residents, the Community Health Clinic will use the investment to provide health care services to uninsured and underinsured residents and Helping Hand of Hope relies on donations to meet emergency needs and a number of services that promote self-sustaining lifestyles, such as rent and utility assistance, budgeting classes and job placement.

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