Merchants Bank donates golf tournament proceeds to local charities

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Pictured L-R: Charles NeSmith, Clark Rainwater, Nancy Bryant, Jolanda Hutson, Beth Moultrie and Ross West. (Nick Griffin/The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Merchants Bank held its 28th Annual Charity Classic at Terri Pines in October and invited representatives from several local charities to its main office Friday morning to present the proceeds from this year’s tournament. Cullman Caring for Kids, The Good Samaritan Clinic and Hospice of Cullman County each received checks of $7,000. Merchants Bank also makes a donation to The Boys and Girls Ranches of Alabama.

Cullman Caring for Kids Assistant Director Nancy Bryant is thankful that her organization has been able to build this relationship with Merchants Bank over the years and is even more thankful for the community’s contributions.

“This helps the community. We provide food for the hungry and this will buy a lot of food to help feed the hungry in our community. I don’t know what we would do without this community, it’s unbelievable,” Bryant said. “There are 500 families on average every month that come through our food bank for groceries so we’re just so proud that we can partner with (Merchants) every year and help make a big difference in this community and for our children.”

Executive Director of The Good Samaritan Clinic, Jolanda Hutson, is appreciative of the support now more than ever with Covid-19 shutting down other fundraisers they usually depend on.

“It makes a huge difference in what we do. We really appreciate all of our community partners and the faithfulness of Merchants Bank to allow us to be one of the beneficiaries of their golf tournament,” Hutson said. “Especially with Covid going on we’ve had to cancel our signature fundraising event the past couple of years so this is especially appreciated this year and we’re very grateful for them.”

Merchants Bank Vice President of Loans Ross West is always excited when the annual charity classic comes around and was happy to see the community shows as much support as ever despite the unusual circumstances.

“This is our 28th year to do it so we really enjoy doing it and want to keep doing it for the community. As we’ve said in the past, Merchants is just the placeholder for the money and then we want to get it out to these three organizations that we’ve supported over the years as soon as we can,” West said. “This is the fifth year that we’ve been able to give $7,000 to each of them and we also make a $3,000 donation to The Boys and Girls Ranches of Alabama each year. It’s not possible without the community’s support. Even through Covid we had the tournament last year and raised the same amount so that shows the community is really supportive in keeping this going. We’re looking forward to doing the 29th next year.”

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