Freedom Bank celebrated Customer Appreciation Week

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
George Holloway took aim at duck-topped cups during Freedom Bank's Customer Appreciation Day at Cassville on Friday, taking home $45 in winnings. The game was one of several offered at the celebration, which included a chicken fried chicken dinner, catered by John Hendrix of Jersey's, and dessert cake provided by Jean Sturgell of Simply Sweet Shoppe. Over 450 people attended the event. Democrat photo/Roberts

Approximately 475 people attended the luncheon sponsored by Freedom Bank in Cassville last Friday afternoon culminating a week of customer appreciation activities.

"We have a Customer Appreciation Week at every one of our locations," said Stan Kelley, CEO of Freedom Bank of Southern Missouri. "We try to split them up so that we can have different associates help out."

Cassville's event included daily prizes and Friday's luncheon where $1,250 in cash and prizes were given away. Events like this are offered as a special thanks to the bank's customers for their patronage according to Kelley.

Prize winners this year included: Adella Grippando, Lloyd Ball, Lester Keen, Jennifer Hill, Cristy Delossantos, Sharlet Berry, Kenny Schieler, Larry Baughman, Raymond Sandor and George Holloway.

Freedom Bank of Southern Missouri consists of the main office in Cassville and four branch locations in Willard, Seligman, Golden and Shell Knob.

Events such as this are part of the bank's philosophy to give back to the community. Kelley encourages branches to identify and meet the needs of the communities they serve.

"If we see a special need, then we try to serve that need," said Kelley. "Right now every bank has a team. One [of our teams] has been working at Habitat for Humanity this summer and fall."

Freedom Bank Customer Appreciation Day saw several prize winners taking home the cash. Pictured above, Jennifer Hill tossed a dart at a balloon-laden board to win a $75 prize. Over $1,250 was awarded in cash prizes during the annual luncheon. Democrat photo/Roberts

The branch in Shell Knob sponsored a clothing drive as part of their grand opening last month. This drive culminated in the free distribution of clothing donations to those in need at the community's Shakin' In the Shell. The branch may consider repeating this event again next year. If they do, the branch will begin accepting donations next summer.

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