TrustTexas Bank receives Cornerstone Award

The Texas Bankers Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Texas Bankers Association, presented a Cornerstone Award to TrustTexas Bank, SSB in Cuero for its Bright Ideas program.

The award was accepted by Corlis Riedesel, senior vice president of human resources, at the Texas Bankers Association's 130th annual convention in Colorado Springs, Colo.

TrustTexas Bank was honored for its Bright Ideas program that focused on its employees giving back to the community through community service hours, fundraising efforts and donations to local organizations. This is a two-year program that started in 2013.

Projects included providing yard work for families and individuals who couldn't do the work themselves, helping with the annual fundraiser for the DeWitt County chapter of Habitat for Humanity, supporting the local chambers of commerce and the Cuero ISD and hosting community holiday events and making greeting cards for troops overseas to send to their loved ones. In 2013, the bank employees dedicated more than 2,400 hours of community service, and the bank and its employees gave more than $70,000 in charitable donations.

This is the 12th year the Texas Bankers Foundation has recognized Texas banks for their outstanding community involvement through the Cornerstone Award competition. Projects have included neighborhood and housing development, small business and industrial development, main street revitalization, community celebrations and support of music or theater programs.

Serving Texas bankers since 1885, the Texas Bankers Association is the largest and oldest state bankers association in the nation.