United Bank as­sists ‘Ex­treme Makeover: Home Edi­tion’

The Covington News - - Business -

United Bank work­ers pro­vided some help­ing hands re­cently as a re­al­ity TV show built a new home for a Madi­son fam­ily in need.

United Bank, which has three branches in Cov­ing­ton, helped re­al­ity TV celebrity Ty Pen­ning­ton and the “Ex­treme Makeover: Home Edi­tion” crew on a house for the Rucker fam­ily.

They were in need of a new home to ac­com­mo­date their daugh­ter Ana­iah, who was in­jured ear­lier in the year when she jumped in the path of an on­com­ing truck and pushed her younger sis­ter Camary to safety. Ana­iah lost her left leg and a kid­ney and sus­tained a mul­ti­tude of other med­i­cal com­pli­ca­tions. The ris­ing fifth-grader has spent much of the sum­mer re­gain­ing her strength so that she can con­tinue play­ing sports, singing in the cho­rus and mak­ing straight A’s in school.

United Bank, in part­ner­ship with Pilot Builders, Smart Prop­er­ties and other lo­cal area spon­sors, launched the seven-day con­struc­tion ef­fort af­ter the Rucker Fam­ily was whisked away to sunny Or­lando’s Dis­ney World Re­sort, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease.

As Ana­iah’s heroic news un­folded, celebri­ties in­clud­ing Oprah Win­frey, Ellen DeGeneres and Dwight Howard reached out to her. Fol­low­ing an air­ing of her story on the To­day Show and a link listed on Ya­hoo News, United Bank’s Chair­man John Ed­wards be­gan re­ceiv­ing the first phone calls and emails re­quest­ing in­for­ma­tion about do­nat­ing to the fam­ily. An ac­count at United Bank was set up and con­tin­ues to ac­cept do­na­tions for the Ruck­ers and this re­cent build­ing ef­fort.

The “Ex­treme Make- over: Home Edi­tion” de­sign­ers and crew had only one week to build a brand new home for The Ruck­ers. The fam­ily now has a 2,300-square-foot, three bed­room, three bath, Crafts­man bun­ga­low.

United Bank’s Madi­son Divi­sion Pres­i­dent, Rus- sell Carter, com­mented, “I’ve al­ways been proud to be an em­ployee of United Bank. When 'Ex­treme Makeover: Home Edi­tion' came to Madi­son, we had the chance to step up and truly show that we are in­deed about sup­port­ing our commu- ni­ties. The par­tic­i­pa­tion came from our se­nior man­age­ment team and through­out the or­ga­ni­za­tion — all be­cause of one very brave and beloved lit­tle girl.”

United Bank hosted the “Rest and Re­lax­ation Tent” on the con­struc- tion site. The bankers also ful­filled a va­ri­ety of jobs both on and off the cam­era.

The new sea­son pre­mieres Sun­day, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m. on ABC. Watch for The Rucker Fam­ily/ Ge­or­gia Build Pro­ject episode in mid-Oc­to­ber.

Photo cour­tesy of United Bank

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