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January 05, 2024

First Community Bank extends its gratitude to the community for the overwhelming success of the special event featuring renowned guest speaker, Amy Purdy, which took place on Thursday, January 4, at 7:00 p.m. The free community event, organized by the bank's women’s mentoring group, was held at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (UACCB) in Independence Hall.

Amy Purdy, a New York Times best-selling author and three-time Paralympic medalist, shared her incredible journey of resilience and triumph. The audience was captivated by her story, from the unimaginable loss of both her legs at 19 to becoming a professional snowboarder and a Dancing with the Stars runner-up.

The women’s mentoring group, initiated in 2022 by employees Laura Brissey and Leann Siler, expressed their joy at the positive impact of Amy's empowering story on the community.

Brissey said, “Batesville’s own, Isabella Floyd, opened the event with an inspiring personal insight and emotional welcome that drove home the night’s message of defying the odds. Amy's journey from hardship to triumph resonated deeply with our community, offering valuable insights into resilience, determination, and the power of the human spirit.” 

Siler remarked, "The atmosphere in the room was charged with thoughtful reflection and appreciation. Amy Purdy's story had a profound impact in Batesville. The women’s mentoring group is honored to be part of this meaningful event, echoing the values of First Community Bank.” 

Dale Cole, chairman and chief executive officer of First Community Bank, shared his reflections on the event's success: "Hosting Amy Purdy was a privilege, and her inspirational journey aligned seamlessly with the values of First Community Bank. We are thrilled with the positive response from our community.”

Cole continued, “The event provided an emotionally powerful storytelling experience, transitioning from tears to cheers and redefining the essence of inspiration and resilience. Attendees were treated to a remarkable evening, exploring the themes of resiliency, clarity, and commitment. Amy’s incredible journey from adversity to victory served as a testament to the incredible strength and determination. We are proud to have shared this experience with our community.”


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