Cornerstone Award

Honoring the unsung heroes of Texas communitiesCornerstone Award winner

The goal of the Cornerstone Awards is to recognize and reward Texas banks that have made a commitment to be the cornerstones of their communities. Cornerstone Award winners will be honored at a special luncheon during TBA's Annual Convention. The winners' efforts will also be publicized in local, statewide and industry news media.

One bank in each asset range will receive the Cornerstone Award. Winning banks receive:

  • A Cornerstone Award trophy.
  • An article in Texas Banking magazine.
  • Press releases to local and statewide news media and banking publications.
  • Recognition at a special Cornerstone/LiFE Awards luncheon at Convention.

Download Cornerstone Awards application. View the past Cornerstone Award winners

For more information, contact at 512-472-8388.

2016 Cornerstone Award Winners

Jacksonville-based Austin Bank received a Cornerstone Award for its help in the aftermath of the May 10, 2015, tornado in Van that left two dead, 43 injured and about one-third of the town’s homes and businesses damaged. Austin Bank’s Van location assisted in the cleanup, donated to the recovery fund, accepted outside donations at all of Austin Bank’s 32 locations and collected books and toys for children affected by the disaster. View video

Kilgore-based Citizens Bank received a Cornerstone Award for its Habitat for Humanity home build project. Starting in 2015, thirty-one Citizens Bank employees and spouses put in more than 900 hours of volunteer service to build a home for a single mother and her three children on South Street in Kilgore. View video

Dallas-based Comerica Bank received a Cornerstone Award for its Reinvesting in Lockwood campaign. In 2015, to commemorate the opening of a new Lockwood banking center and Comerica Bank’s 20th year of operation in Houston’s Fifth Ward, Comerica Bank pledged $20,000 in community grants to five Houston ISD schools in the Lockwood area — Pugh Elementary School, Wheatley High School, McReynolds Middle School, Atherton Elementary School and N.Q. Henderson Elementary School — as voted on by the community. View video

Corpus Christi-based First Community Bank received a Cornerstone Award for its Wimberley flood relief efforts. In May 2015, Wimberley experienced flooding that resulted in at least 23 deaths. Included in the death toll were members of a Corpus Christi family survived by only the father; many First Community Bank employees knew this family personally. Thirty-three bank employees traveled at their own expense to Wimberley, where they worked an 18-hour day, preparing and serving meals for the 500 search-and-rescue volunteers. First Community Bank employees also raised nearly $7,000 for the relief fund for the family. View video

Plano-based LegacyTexas Bank received a Cornerstone Award for its 2015 Honor our Veterans holiday giving campaign. Through employee contributions matched by the bank, $23,000 was used to donate 130 care packages filled with much needed personal care items to the residents of the VA Home of the Brave Community Living Center. LegacyTexas employees delivered the care packages, decorated the living center for the holidays and watched a movie with the residents. View video

Mineola Community Bank received a Cornerstone Award for its “Back the Blue” campaign. In 2015, Mineola Community Bank organized a community-wide appreciation lunch for police officers and first responders in their three markets — Mineola, Grand Saline and Winnsboro. The bank served meals to an estimated 750 people and handed out 1,800 “Back the Blue” t-shirts and 1,500 yard signs. View video

Houston-based Preferred Bank received a Cornerstone Award for its Season of Giving project. The bank participated in the 2015 Cy-Ridge Relay for Life and raised more than $2,500. Preferred Bank’s accounting team volunteered to do the accounting for the entire Relay for Life event. They also collected new blankets and scarves to be donated to cancer patients at MD Anderson. Lastly, Preferred Bank partnered with Grangerland Intermediate School in Conroe to provide Thanksgiving meals for 20 low-income families. View video

Garland-based Texas Brand Bank received a Cornerstone Award for its support of Hope Clinic. Hope Clinic is a Christian organization that serves the uninsured, low income and underserved population in Garland by providing them with primary healthcare services, spiritual support and assistance in identifying community resources. The bank’s critical support has aided the clinic’s growth from serving 660 patients in 2007 to exceeding 7,500 patient visits in 2015. View video