Community Trust Bank and SMU Partner to Recognize a "Community Hero of The Week"

DALLAS, TX – August 7, 2012

Ordinary people do extraordinary things every day and many believe those stories should be heard. That’s why Community Trust Bank teamed up with SMU to recognize a local hero at each home game during the 2012-2013 football season.

The Community Hero of the Week award gives the community an opportunity to nominate and recognize local heroes for their acts of selflessness or courage that had a profound impact on others making the community a better, safer place. To nominate a hero for the award, go to

People are invited to share the story of their nominee, describing why their hero deserves a night in the spotlight. Each winner will be welcomed on-field by officials from SMU and Community Trust Bank where they’ll be recognized for their actions and receive a commemorative football.

“It’s important to take the time to recognize people in the community who go about their daily lives acting is such an extraordinary way,” said Van Pardue, Regional President, Community Trust Bank. “These individuals set an example for the rest of the community, and that’s something you just can’t help but honor. We are excited to have the opportunity to partner with SMU to recognize these heroes during this season’s thrilling home football games.”

“SMU really appreciates the support from Community Trust Bank in honoring these local individuals,” said Tim Leonard, SMU’s Sr. Associate A.D. “This community means a great deal to SMU and we relish any chance to show how much of an impact its members have on us.”

Community Heroes will be announced during the following games at the Gerald J. Ford Stadium:

09/08 – SMU vs. Stephen F. Austin
09/15 – SMU vs. Texas A&M
09/29 – SMU vs. TCU
10/18 – SMU vs. Houston
10/27 – SMU vs. Memphis
11/10 – SMU vs. Southern Miss
11/24 – SMU vs. Tulsa

About Community Trust Bank

Community Trust Bank, a century old, Louisiana-chartered bank, provides a wide range of traditional banking services with 31 banking centers throughout north Louisiana, north Texas, and north and central Mississippi. Community Trust Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Community Trust Financial Corporation, a financial holding company with assets over $2.5billion. Community Trust Financial Corporation’s common stock is not listed on any exchange and is traded through individually negotiated transactions. To learn more, visit Community Trust’s website at