The Missouri Bankers Association’s ninth annual Segs4Vets campaign
has swung into action, thanks in part to The Heroes Cup golf tournament.
For the second consecutive year, MBA Young Bankers in Region 6 sponsored The Heroes Cup to benefit Segs4Vets, MBA’s designated charity. Segs4Vets is a volunteer program that provides Segway mobile transporters to help severely injured veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Since 2009, banks in Missouri, their employees and communities have raised more than $389,000 to support Segs4Vets.
Golfers on 28 teams hit the links Monday, Sept. 25, at Highland Springs Country Club in Springfield. Jason Whitesell, vice president with Old Missouri Bank in Springfield, said the number of teams nearly doubled from the 2016 tournament.
“This is not just a Springfield tournament,” he said. “We had bankers from throughout Missouri participate in this event benefitting Segs4Vets.”
This year, The Heroes Cup raised $11,410 for Segs4Vets. In 2016, golfers raised $7,333.
“The support from bankers for this tournament is phenomenal,” said Tammy Kelley, vice president/chief financial officer of Table Rock Community Bank in Kimberling City. “We appreciate their generosity to help our efforts for Segs4Vets.”
Kelley spearheaded the creation of The Heroes Cup when she served as chairman of the Young Bankers Leadership Board of Directors in 2016. She, Whitesell and Shanda Trautman, vice president of marketing and business development of Old Missouri Bank in Springfield, have coordinated the golf tournament for the last two years. Together, they have developed a fun, engaging event for bankers to enjoy while raising money to support U.S. veterans.
The $11,410 from The Heroes Cup supports MBA’s 2017 Segs4Vets campaign. Launched in 2005, Segs4Vets is a grassroots program administered by volunteers. 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 men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan to live independently.
In 2016, MBA members and their communities fully funded seven Segway transporters by raising more than $71,000. This year’s Segs4Vets goal is $75,000.
MBA’s Ninth Annual Segs4Vets Day is Friday, Nov. 3. Banks participating in this year’s campaign will be recognized by MBA in December.