Jacksonville-based Austin Bank received a Cornerstone Award for its help in the aftermath of the May 10, 2015, tornado in Van that left two dead, 43 injured and about one-third of the town’s homes and businesses damaged. Austin Bank’s Van location assisted in the cleanup, donated to the recovery fund, accepted outside donations at all of Austin Bank’s 32 locations and collected books and toys for children affected by the disaster. View video
Kilgore-based Citizens Bank received a Cornerstone Award for its Habitat for Humanity home build project. Starting in 2015, thirty-one Citizens Bank employees and spouses put in more than 900 hours of volunteer service to build a home for a single mother and her three children on South Street in Kilgore. View video
Dallas-based Comerica Bank received a Cornerstone Award for its Reinvesting in Lockwood campaign. In 2015, to commemorate the opening of a new Lockwood banking center and Comerica Bank’s 20th year of operation in Houston’s Fifth Ward, Comerica Bank pledged $20,000 in community grants to five Houston ISD schools in the Lockwood area — Pugh Elementary School, Wheatley High School, McReynolds Middle School, Atherton Elementary School and N.Q. Henderson Elementary School — as voted on by the community.
Corpus Christi-based First Community Bank received a Cornerstone Award for its Wimberley flood relief efforts. In May 2015, Wimberley experienced flooding that resulted in at least 23 deaths. Included in the death toll were members of a Corpus Christi family survived by only the father; many First Community Bank employees knew this family personally. Thirty-three bank employees traveled at their own expense to Wimberley, where they worked an 18-hour day, preparing and serving meals for the 500 search-and-rescue volunteers. First Community Bank employees also raised nearly $7,000 for the relief fund for the family.