Angeline Henry's legacy lives on with bank trust

SARA HOWELL | Times-Leader

First Southern National Bank gave four local organizations donations from the Angeline Henry Trust. The donations will go toward bettering the community through any endeavors or activities the organizations choose. Above (from left) are Debbie French from the Friends of George Coon Public Library, Dwight Meeks from Youth Incorporated of Caldwell County, Geneva Malone from Community Disciples. Inc., First Southern National Bank Community President Jason Redfern, and Roberta Robertson from Bright Life Farms, Inc.

Four local organizations received grants from First Southern National Bank during its latest round of disbursements from the Angeline Henry Trust.

Before the Princeton native and philanthropist died in 1982, she set up a fund to benefit charitable, educational and recreational organizations within Princeton and Caldwell County. The organizations must be tax exempt with 501(c)(3) status.

On Wednesday, Debbie French from Friends of the George Coon Public Library, Dwight Meeks from Youth Incorporated of Caldwell County, Geneva Malone from Community Disciples, Inc., and Roberta Robertson from Bright Life Farms, Inc., received grants from the bank totaling $8,000.

"We disburse money to organizations twice a year," Bank President Jason Redfern said. "We donate a rough estimate of $30,000 annually."

Friends of the George Coon Public Library received $500, Youth Incorporated of Caldwell County received $2,000, Community Disciples, Inc. received $1,750, and Bright Life Farms received $3,750.

He said the bank is happy to continue giving money to organizations within the community for the betterment of Princeton.

"Angeline Henry loved this community and she would have loved to see improvements made to it," said Redfern, who has been the bank's president for eight years.

He said the Henry trust states that the bank is responsible for overseeing the funds and deciding which organizations receive money from it. The bank uses an application process to select recipients.

Redfern said the fund is exclusively for organizations and businesses that are making strides to better the community.

Robertson, Bright Life Farms administrator, received a check that will go towards the senior citizen center in Princeton.

"This trust money is a blessing for us," Robertson said. "We're in amazement at the generosity that the bank has towards us."

She said this is the 10th time Bright Life Farms has gotten money from the fund and each time the money has been used to make improvements to the center.

"We're going to use this grant money for a security system for the properties on the farm," Robertson said. "Angeline Henry has given us the ability to provide better security for our properties, residents and staff."

She said in the past Bright Life Farms has been able to build new storage buildings and buy new equipment with the grant money.

"This grant allows families of the people we take care of to know that we have better security and protection for their loved ones," Robertson said. "They will know we are doing our hardest to take the best care of them, which is our intention."

"Not only is the bank generous with this trust, but the way they give the grants out is incredible. The love, compliments and enthusiasm that is shown to the recipients really makes a difference."