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Pigeon Forge, Tenn. –SmartBank President and CEO, Billy Carroll, along with Vice-Chairman of the Board, Bill Carroll, presented a $15,000 check to Friends of the Smokies during the annual Friends Across the Mountains Telethon.

“It is our privilege to partner with Friends of the Smokies, and other local organizations who work tirelessly to encourage environmental awareness while promoting, maintaining and protecting our mountains,” stated Billy Carroll. “The purpose of this donation is to help protect one of our area’s greatest assets as well as to preserve our mountains and the natural beauty that surrounds us.”

Since 2010, SmartBank has donated to Friends of the Smokies and other local organizations whose missions align with SmartBank’s own mission of protecting community assets, like the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Since that time, SmartBank has donated more than $81,000 to Friends of the Smokies.

Kelley Fowler, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Public Relations Officer for SmartBank said, “We are thrilled with the amount we were able to give this year.  It truly is an honor to partner with organizations such as Friends of the Smokies who are continually working to protect and preserve these beautiful mountains that we are lucky enough to call home. Our Park Partners Program is a great way for us to help these organizations succeed in their missions.”

“We are very grateful to SmartBank for creating such a meaningful and lasting way to demonstrate their great love for the Smokies.  Their contributions to support Friends’ work for the Park are just another example of the sincere commitment to the communities they serve,” said Friends of the Smokies President, Jim Hart.


About Friends of the Smokies

Friends of the Smokies is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization which assists the National Park Service in its mission to preserve and protect Great Smoky Mountains National Park by raising funds and awareness and providing volunteers for needed projectsFor more information visit www.FriendsOfTheSmokies.org.

About SmartBank

SmartBank is a full-service commercial bank founded in 2007, with 14 branches and two loan production offices spanning East Tennessee and the Florida Panhandle. Recruiting the best people, delivering exceptional client service, strategic branching and a disciplined approach to lending have contributed to SmartBank’s success. More information about SmartBank can be found on its website: www.smartbank.com.