Freedom Bank of Southern Missouri will host two customer appreciation luncheons in Barry County next week.
"We will be celebrating the week of Oct. 3 through Oct. 8 at both the Cassville and Seligman banks," said Stan Kelley, Freedom Bank president and chief executive officer. "Customers are invited to come in and sign up for daily prizes."
The bank will host luncheon events at the Cassville bank, located at 97 S. Main St., on Friday, Oct. 7 and at the Seligman Branch, located on Highway 37, on Saturday, Oct. 8. Both events will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
"Our theme this year is fantastic customers," said Kelley. "The events will offer a tailgate party atmosphere. We will be serving hamburgers, brats, baked beans and potato salad."
Throughout next week, customers will have the opportunity to sign up for a chance to take part in team events that will be held during the luncheons. Each bank facility will select nine individuals for three teams that will compete for cash prizes up to $1,000.
"The teams will represent area schools," said Kelley. "At the Cassville event, teams will represent Cassville, Wheaton and Purdy, and at the Seligman, event teams will represent Exeter, Southwest and Pea Ridge, Ark."
In addition to competing for cash prizes, the teams will compete for donations that will be presented to area school districts. The school represented by the first place team will receive a $300 donation. A $200 donation will be given to the second place team's school, and the school represented by the third place team will receive $100.
"The customer appreciation events are something we have done annually since the bank's inception," said Kelley. "It is our way of recognizing the great customers we have, who continue to be loyal and supportive of Freedom Bank."
Freedom Bank opened at 97 Main St. in Cassville in November of 1999. In September of 2006, the bank opened its first branch location in Seligman. Last year, the bank added a second branch in Willard.