Local banks host basketball fundraiser for Relay for Life
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Local banks in the Bradley County area are teaming up to support the American Cancer Society’s upcoming Relay For Life of Bradley County with their Battle of the Banks Basketball Tournament on Tuesday, April 30, at 6 p.m at Cleveland State Community College.

This is the second year for the event and the River Counties Association of Realtors has taken on the project as one of their major fundraisers.

RCAR has been a longtime supporter of the Bradley County Relay for Life.

Realtor members are excited about working the banks and putting on this event and hosting it in the future.

Co-ed teams comprised of employees, spouses of employees, and even children of employees, will compete in a single elimination tournament for first and second place, as well as an MVP award.

Banks participating in the fundraiser include BB&T, BECU, Southern Heritage, SouthEast Bank & Trust, and Bank of Cleveland.

“Southern Heritage Bank is looking forward to some friendly competition between our peers in the local banking industry to raise money for such a great cause,” said Joe Womac, from Southern Heritage Bank.

“This is the second year for this great event and we invite our friends and neighbors to come out and support us,” Womac said.

“Bank of Cleveland is proud to support the Battle of the Banks because it raises money for Relay for Life,” said Christy Griffith, from Bank of Cleveland. “I personally am excited to see our group, who works so closely as a team, get to show our teamwork on the court. We all know someone who has battled cancer, and we all strive to kick its tail every day … so we plan to take it to the court and battle it out there.”

SouthEast Bank & Trust is looking forward to raising money for the Relay for Life. Stephen Miller of SouthEast Bank said, “Our team fully expects to hoist the championship trophy, be the MVP team for raising the most money, and defend our Bradley County championship title at the McMinn County tournament.”

Bowater Employee Credit Union’s main reason for participating in the Battle of the Banks is because the Relay for Life is a fantastic cause that BECU has supported and participated in for years, said Sherry Newman, BECU staff member at the Athens Branch. “With the Battle of the Banks, we get to help raise money for Relay for Life while having a great time with our coworkers — it’s the perfect opportunity to participate in the community BECU serves,” added Barnes

“BB&T’s team aspect of working together combined with helping others in need in our local communities is truly a win-win,” said Jimmie Dunn, Cleveland Branch. She also said, “We feel very fortunate and proud to be a part of an organization that supports such great initiative like the American Cancer Society."

Tickets to the upcoming tournament are $5 (kids 5 and under are free).

Special Battle of the Bank 2012 T-shirts supporting participating banks are also available for $10. Both tickets and T-shirts can be purchased at participating bank locations. Each bank in the tournament is sporting their own color shirt BB&T is white, BECU is orange, Southern Heritage is gray, SouthEast Bank is black and United Community is lime green. Each bank participating will be selling the shirts and tickets. The bank who sales the most tickets and shirts will receive the Most Valuable Team award.

A first-place trophy will be given that will be a traveling trophy donated to local business leader Christy Odom with Trophies Unlimited.

Relay For Life of Bradley County takes place downtown Cleveland May 3 from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. May 4.

Anyone who wants more information on Battle of the Banks or Relay For Life of Bradley County can contact Angela Mathis at 423-855-2778 or at anglea.mathis@cancer.org.

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than 3 million volunteers, it fights for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. To learn more about ACS or to get help, call any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.