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Greater Community Bank Sponsors Gordon Chamber First Annual Ball Drop

September 17, 2020

GORDON COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE presents 27th GOLF TOURNAMENT

GREATER COMMUNITY BANK SPONSORS FIRST ANNUAL BALL DROP

Gordon County, Ga, September 17, 2020–The Gordon County Chamber of Commerce will present its 27th Annual Golf Tournament on Wednesday, September 23 at Fields Ferry Golf Course. AGC Pediatrics will return as the signature sponsor for the tournament, which has twenty-one teams registered to play.  This week, the Chamber generated a flurry of excitement when it announced that Greater Community Bank will sponsor a Ball Drop just before play begins, with the winner claiming a $2,000 cash prize.

“The Chamber is grateful to Greater Community Bank for providing the support required to accomplish our first Ball Drop, and we believe it will add a whole new level of fun and excitement to the tournament,” said Kathy Johnson, President & CEO of the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce. “The Golf Tournament is the Chamber’s longest-running event and we are very proud of its legacy, so we are happy to make any additions or improvements that will enhance its outreach. Just since the announcement on September 16, we have received several calls and emails on the topic, giving us confidence it will be successful.”

“Greater Community Bank is always ready to support the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce and its programs,” said Donna McEntyre, Chief Operating Officer and City President. “We have participated in ball drops before and we’re confident this will add a whole new layer of fun to the tournament while increasing its revenue stream. The Chamber took our idea and ran with it, pulling it together quickly and creating what we know is going to be a winning event.”

The Chamber will sell no more than 200 balls, with each ball representing an entry in the ball drop. All the sold balls will be numbered and then dropped from a helicopter above the 10th fairway at Fields Ferry. The ball that either goes into the hole or lands closest to the pin will be the winning entry, and the purchaser of that ball will receive a $2,000 cash prize. Ron Dobbs, a pilot and well-known businessman long credited for his support of small business and generosity in the community, donated his personal helicopter and flight service for the event, which will take place at approximately 11:30 am, just before tee-off for the tournament itself.  

The tournament will also include a raffle of items donated by Chamber members and local businesses. Those items are being brought to the Chamber daily, so the list remains fluid, but currently, it includes gift cards ranging from $25 to $150, a leaf blower, a smart tv, designer rugs, restaurant meal cards, gift baskets, and a Yeti cooler.

AGC Pediatrics is the Gold Sponsor of the Tournament. As of September 17, Silver Sponsors for the tournament are AdventHealth Gordon, Georgia Cumberland Conference, Sherman Hall Construction, and Mohawk Industries. Hamilton Health Care System and the Bobbye F. Harris Foundation are Bronze Sponsors.  Team Sponsors include AdventHealth Gordon, Care at Home, Chick-fil-A Calhoun, Dalton Box, Dodd’s Carpet, First Bank of Calhoun, Food City, Fox Systems, Georgia Farm Bureau, Georgia Power, HMTX, M&S Logistics, Mannington Commercial, Mohawk Industries, Mitch Ralston’s Sheriff Auxiliary, Shaw Industries, and Starr-Mathews Agency.

Hole Sponsors are Care at Home, Chick-fil-A Calhoun, Family Savings Credit Union, Georgia Cumberland Academy, Georgia Power, Gordon Central High School, Gordon County Schools, Lyles Wealth Management, M&S Logistics, Shaw Industries, Sonoraville High School, Starr-Mathews Agency, and The Council on Alcohol and Drugs. Chick-fil-A Calhoun will be the lunch sponsor and Coca-Cola Bottling of Rome will be the beverage sponsor. Dairy Queen treats will be provided by Starr-Mathews Agency. Downtown Calhoun will sponsor the Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin contests. Team registrations are coming in daily, with room for more. These additional sponsorships and registration opportunities are available online at www.gordoncountychamber.com/events.

The tournament is organized by the Education & Workforce Development Committee, which is led by Chair Chris Tarpley, Shaw Industries; and Co Vice-Chairs Jim Dodd, Dodd Machine & Tool, Inc., and Dr. Kimberly Fraker, Gordon County Schools. The committee’s mission is to connect education and industry to promote economic growth. Its program of work includes identification and recognition of Teachers of the Year from each school system, planning, and presentation of the annual State of Industry Event, promotion of initiatives to convene business leaders and educators to promote economic growth, recognition of a Business Commitment to Education Partner of the Year, and creation of a Workforce
Development Plan.

Proceeds accomplished from the fundraiser will be used to support Chamber projects and fund scholarships to eligible graduating seniors from Calhoun High School, Georgia-Cumberland Academy, Gordon Central High School, and Sonoraville High School. 

The mission of the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce is to connect members and the community to promote economic growth.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Kathy Johnson at 706-625-3200 or email [email protected].

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For many, these trying times have become a real challenge. For Greater Community Bank, however, they are also an opportunity. Greater Community Bank and its staff are going the extra mile by providing relief efforts for those most in need within the communities it serves.

Melinda Ryan and Carolyn McFry are putting their creativity to use by hand-crafting sewn facemasks to donate to local medical professionals. 

Melinda says her daughter, who works in the medical field and is also sewing facemasks to donate, came to her with the idea. “Creating these masks was a no-brainer for us,” said Melinda. “We saw a need in our community and knew our sewing skills could help meet that need”.

“I knew I could help when I learned my niece’s pediatric office was running low on supplies,” said Carolyn. “I decided to use fabric featuring Disney and Marvel characters to create masks for pediatric nurses that I know their patients will love!”.

Recently, many Georgia hospitals are experiencing a shortage in supplies related to COVID-19, including facemasks. A number of these hospitals have made the decision to post specific mask-making templates online. Like Melinda and Carolyn, there are numerous individuals across the state donating their time, supplies, and effort to help combat these shortages.

“Melinda has been making this Bank proud for over 16 years, while Carolyn is new to our Bank” said President and CEO David Lance. “Their decision to help meet the needs of our community during this time reminds us we truly have the greatest people on our team.”

Want to help, but not very crafty? Melinda and Carolyn are accepting donations of additional elastic so they may continue sewing facemasks. If you wish to contribute you may drop off supplies directly to them through the drive-thru at either Greater Community Bank location in Rome.

In Calhoun, the staff is taking a different approach, providing each customer to come through its drive-thru with an individually-wrapped roll of toilet paper. “It’s just something small that puts a smile on the face of our customers while also giving them something they can use that may be hard to find elsewhere,” says Ronise Jackson, Retail Banking Associate.

Additionally, Greater Community Bank has partnered with the Voluntary Action Center (V.A.C.) to help raise money to continue to provide for families in need in Gordon County. V.A.C. Executive Director Stacy Long, who is also a former employee of Greater Community Bank, says monetary contributions are most needed at the V.A.C. at this time so that uncontaminated non-perishable items can be purchased in the near future.

Greater Community Bank will be collecting monetary donations for the V.A.C. and has generously committed to match up to $1,000 of all contributions received. This match will be funded by the Greater Community Fund, a donor advised fund established with the Community Foundation for Greater Rome which exists for the sole purpose of supporting the local economy and community. Donations may be made through the Bank or online at VoluntaryActionCenter.org.

Kristy Brown, Vice President of Retail Banking, and Matt Robbins, Senior Vice President, are also helping Northwest Georgians in need. These two veteran employees of Greater Community Bank both serve on the Calhoun-Gordon Community Foundation Board of Directors, with Kristy serving as Chairman. Under the Board’s leadership, the Calhoun-Gordon Community Foundation has launched the COVID-19 Response Fund, “a charitable fund designed to provide flexible resources to organizations throughout the region that serve the most vulnerable individuals and families of Northwest Georgia communities amid the COVID-19 crisis”. This fund provides help beyond the limits of Gordon County, too, as those who wish to contribute may direct their donation to specific counties in Northwest Georgia. Donations may be made online at CommunityFoundationNWGA.org/covid19response.

“Big or small, each of these unique efforts are being made with the well-being of our community members in mind,” said Donna E. McEntyre, Chief Operating Officer. “Our people are ready to help however we can, whether that means carrying a gallon of milk to an elderly customer in need or simply calling on our customers to see how they’re doing during this time. Our relationship with the community is one we value greatly, and now is our opportunity to truly show what it means to bank locally and why ‘Community’ is our middle name”. 

About Greater Community Bank1000
Greater Community Bank is locally owned and operates four offices in the Floyd, Gordon, and Bartow County markets. With exceptional customer service and a Five Star “Superior” financial rating from the nation’s leading independent bank-rating firm, Bauer Financial, Greater Community Bank redefines the banking experience. Consecutively named the Best Bank in the markets they serve and a 2019 recipient of the coveted Banky Award, Greater Community Bank understands the importance of being a true community bank. For more information on Greater Community Bank, visit our homepage.

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