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Vicksburg’s Ginger Donohue honored as first recipient of the Lee Ann Petty Heart of Service Award

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Ginger Donohue (Regions Bank)

Regions Bank recently announced that Ginger Donohue, manager of Regions’ Beechwood branch in Vicksburg, Mississippi, has been named the first recipient of the newly established Lee Ann Petty Heart of Service Award. The award, which recognizes exceptional volunteerism and community engagement, is named after longtime Regions associate Lee Ann Petty, who passed away in 2020 after dedicating her life to serving others.

The Lee Ann Petty Heart of Service Award is Regions Bank’s highest honor for community engagement, recognizing individuals who go above and beyond in supporting the quality of life in the communities served by the bank. Petty’s dedication to volunteerism continues to inspire thousands of Regions associates in several states, and the award is designed to pay tribute to her legacy.

“Ginger is one of the most humble, giving, loving, supportive people I have ever met in my entire life,” said Michele Connelly, executive director of United Way of West Central Mississippi. “She’s the epitome of someone who understands the importance of giving back – why it’s necessary to give back. She’s not doing it to put on a resume or move faster up the corporate ladder. She’s not doing it to make friends. She’s doing it because she knows there are people in the community who need what she can provide.”

Donohue, a 21-year veteran of Regions Bank, has lived and worked in Vicksburg all her life and is known locally as “Ms. Vicksburg.” She has a particular passion for helping children in need and organizes an annual school supply drive, raises money for scholarship funds, teaches Bible school, and serves as an instructor for Regions Next Step financial wellness classes at Vicksburg High School, among other activities.

“We have one branch in this market, but Ginger makes sure the Vicksburg community knows that Regions is here,” said Regions Community Development Manager LoRose Moore. “That’s very important for our business, as well as our community engagement.”

In one recent year, Donohue logged nearly 200 volunteerism hours, the equivalent of five standard full-time work weeks. She is recognized for her unwavering dedication to making a positive impact in her community, and Regions Bank is proud to honor her with the inaugural Lee Ann Petty Heart of Service Award.

“Without Regions, I couldn’t do what I do for Vicksburg,” she said. “Not only do they ‘let’ me do what I want to do for the community, they ‘want’ me to do what I love to do. And my Beechwood branch team is like family, and they get out there and volunteer with me.”

 

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