Published on Friday, March 27, 2015
Media Contact: Jen Hospodor at 601-984-1105.
It's a story of the "little check card that could," according to BankPlus President and CEO Bill Ray.
Ray was referring to the BankPlus Friends of Children's Hospital Check Card, first issued in November 2011. He and other representatives from BankPlus, including football legend Eli Manning, gathered in the lobby of Batson Children's Hospital Thursday to present $627,195 raised from the check card since its inception.
The card carries a $12 fee per year, which is donated entirely to Friends. BankPlus then matches the fees for the first 4,000 cards each year and donates an additional five cents each time a card is used. The 11,000 active cards average about 200,000 swipes each month.
"You might think those are small amounts, but that's the power of so many people working together," Ray said. "We're so thankful to our customers."
Ray said the CheckCard is expected to raise about $25,000 to $30,000 a month and continue to grow.
Manning and his father Archie have been spokespersons for BankPlus for many years. The Mannings, particularly Eli, have been champions of the children's hospital since 2004, when Ray organized Eli and Archie's first visit to Batson. That visit initiated a five-year commitment to the Friends event, "An Evening with the Mannings presented by BankPlus" that raised $3 million to fund construction of the Eli Manning Children's Clinics at the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children.
Manning meets one of his smallest fans, Caitlyn Hardin
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