MBA Members Raise More Than $74,250 For Segs4Vets

Donations from MBA campaign since 2009 surpass $622,000

2018 Segs4Vets Donation
MBA presented a check for $73,280 to Segs4Vets during its Executive Management Conference in Kansas City. Donations received after the check presentation exceeded $74,250. Pictured are (back row, left to right) MBA Chairman Shaun Burke with Guaranty Bank in Springfield, retired Lt. Col. Al Kisler with Segs4Vets, Vince Cain with Segs4Vets, Scott Nelson with Macon-Atlanta State Bank, Segs4Vets President and Co-founder Jerry Kerr, Max Cook with the Missouri Bankers Association, Tammy Kelley with Table Rock Community Bank in  Kimberling City and Jason Whitesell with Old Missouri Bank in Springfield.

At its 2009 Executive Management Conference in St. Louis, the Missouri Bankers Association presented its first donation to Segs4Vets — $23,000. 

This year’s donation was more than three times the amount from that first fundraising campaign.

Segs4VetsMBA and its members donated more than $74,250 to Segs4Vets on Thursday, Dec. 6, during the 2018 Executive Management Conference in Kansas City. 

“MBA and its members have generously supported Segs4Vets since 2009, and 2018 was no exception” said Max Cook, MBA president and CEO. “I am continually amazed and humbled by the tremendous support of the banking community for our veterans.”

Launched in 2005, Segs4Vets  is a volunteer grassroots program that provides Segway mobile transporters and Ally chairs to help severely injured veterans. MBA adopted Segs4Vets as its designated charity in 2009. 

2018 marked MBA’s 10th annual Segs4Vets fundraising campaign. Since then, MBA and its members have donated more than $622,000 to Segs4Vets.

For the last three years, money raised through The Heroes Cup golf tournament has supported MBA’s Segs4Vets campaign. The golf tournament is coordinated by MBA Young Bankers in Region 6. 

Proceeds from the 2018 Heroes Cup totaled $13,818. Since 2016, The Heroes Cup has donated more than $32,500 to MBA’s Segs4Vets fundraising campaign. Jason Whitesell at Old Missouri Bank in Springfield and Tammy Kelley at Table Rock Community Bank in Kimberling City have spearheaded The Heroes Cup since its inaugural tournament in 2016. 

“Jason and Tammy have created a terrific event that brings together bankers to support Segs4Vets’ mission to help our veterans,” Cook said. “They have already begun planning the 2019 Heroes Cup that will be held Monday, Sept. 23, in Springfield.”

The donations from The Heroes Cup and the banking community given to Segs4Vets provide Segway mobile transporters and Ally chairs to help veterans choose the path of independence and remain productive members of society.

The cost to provide a Segway is nearly $10,000. The cost for an Ally chair, a modified Segway chair, is $15,000. For every $1 donated, 98 cents supports Segs4Vets’ mission — empowering injured soldiers to live independently.

The $74,250 donation from the banking community will provide seven Segways for veterans who seek mobility and independence. 

“When men and women serving our nation suffer serious injury and permanent disability, they must have resources and tools that help them live independently and contribute to society,” said Jerry Kerr, president and co-founder of Segs4Vets. “Segs4Vets empowers these men and women, giving them a new outlook on life.” 

For the past few years, MBA has set a fundraising goal for Segs4Vets. Although MBA fell short of its $75,000 goal this year, support for veterans remains steadfast and strong in the banking community. 

“Thanks to our members, we have made a significant difference in the lives of many veterans throughout our nation,” Cook said. “I am proud of our banking community and our commitment to support the men and women who make sacrifices to support our freedoms.”

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2018 Segs4Vets Donors

The Missouri Bankers Association recognizes these individuals and MBA members for supporting the 2018 Segs4Vets campaign. These donors raised more than $74,250 for Segs4Vets. Each and every contribution is truly appreciated. 

Arvest Bank
Bandura Systems
Bank Compensation
Consulting, Inc.
Bank of Advance
Bank of Billings
Bank of Bolivar
Bank of New Cambria
Carroll County Trust Company
Central Bank of Branson
Central Bank of Kansas City
Central Bank of the Ozarks
Central States Capital Markets
Century Bank of the Ozarks
Chuck Brazeale
Citizens Bank and Trust
Citizens Bank, New Haven
Commerce Bank
Commercial Bank
Community Bank of Marshall
Community First Bank
Community First Banking Company
Community Point Bank
Community State Bank of Missouri
Country Club Bank
Enterprise Bank and Trust
F & C Bank
Farmers Bank of Northern Missouri
Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines and Phil Everitt
First Bank
First Bank of the Lake
First Community National Bank
First State Community Bank
Freedom Bank of Southern Missouri
Guaranty Bank
Hawthorn Bank
Heritage Bank of the Ozarks
Heroes Cup Golf Tournament
Jonesburg State Bank
KCB Bank
Ken Littlefield
Legacy Bank and Trust
Legends Bank
Macon-Atlanta State Bank
Midwest Independent Bank
Missouri Bankers Association and MBA Staff
New Era Bank
Oakstar Bank
Old Missouri Bank
Ozarks Federal Savings & Loan Association
Peoples Savings Bank
Phelps County Bank
Platte Valley Bank
Pony Express Bank
Pony Express Community Bank
Progressive Ozark Bank
Regional Missouri Bank
SBS CyberSecurity
Table Rock Community Bank
The Bank of Missouri
The Tipton Latham Bank
The Whitlock Company
TIB - The Independent Bankers Bank
United Bank of Union
West Plains Bank and Trust Company
Wood and Huston Bank