According to a news release, the 2017 Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation 20th annual fundraiser rodeo will be held Aug. 3-5 at the Foley Horse Arena.

The event has historically attracted more than 9,000 spectators over the course of three days. Family-oriented activities range from bull riding by professional cowboys to barrel racing, bareback riding, calf roping, team roping, steer wrestling, breakaway roping and a children’s play area.

Pre-rodeo festivities in conjunction with the rodeo that are free to the public will be held at the Foley Horse Arena. The Queens’ Horsemanship Contest is Thursday, July 27, and will include the crowning of the queens. Two barrel-racing events, also free to spectators, will be held Tuesday, Aug. 1, and the morning of Saturday, Aug. 5.

The event is the primary fundraiser for the Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation, a nonprofit organization providing training, funding and support for Peer Helper programs in Baldwin County. Sponsors include Snook Christian Academy, WKRG and Frances Holk-Jones State Farm

“We are so grateful for the community’s support of the rodeo each year. As the major fundraiser for the Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation, the rodeo will directly benefit the foundation’s Peer Helper programs,” said president and co-founder Jennifer Claire Moore.

“These Peer Helper programs empower students to serve as mentors to their fellow students, supporting them through academic or personal struggles including bullying prevention, avoiding dropout and leaving destructive relationships. This concept is based on the fact that when young people seek help, validation or guidance, they turn to a peer first and reach out to their parents much later if at all,” Moore said. 

In 20 years the organization has grown to provide annual training for more than 100 teachers and counselors, support 50 Peer Helper programs in 47 schools around the area serving pre-K through 12th grade and present the annual National Peer Program Conference and Peer Helper Jubilee.

Tickets are sold in advance at the Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation at 819 N. McKenzie St.in Foley, Summerdale Western Store on Highway 59 in Summerdale, Circle V Saddlery in Robertsdale and Frances Holk-Jones State Farm Insurance at 315 E. Laurel Ave. in Foley. General admission tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 4 to12 years old and free for ages 3 and under.

The JCMF is also seeking volunteers and sponsors for this year’s event. Work duties include setup, parking, kids’ area, concession stand, teardown and event sponsorships

To learn more about the foundation or register as a volunteer, visit the program’s website, peerhelpers.org.  

Synovus named ‘Most Reputable’ bank
Synovus Bank was recently named “Most Reputable Bank” in the United States in an annual survey of bank reputations conducted by Reputation Institute and published by American Banker.

Synovus has three locations in Mobile and one in Daphne.

The bank was ranked was first overall of 42 banks included in the survey, as reported in a news release, first among non-customers and in the top 10 among customers. Synovus was ranked second overall in 2016.

“We are proud to be named as the country’s most reputable bank, and I am deeply grateful to the entire Synovus team for making this recognition possible,” Kessel D. Stelling, chairman and CEO of Synovus, said. “It also validates the strength of Synovus’ service-focused culture as we transition to a single brand in 2018.”

The annual Survey of Bank Reputations, which began in 2010, provides a detailed analysis of the components that together formulate corporate reputations and how various banks rate on those measures. Synovus’ overall score of 80.7 was the highest overall score in survey history, and nearly 10 points above the 2017 industry average of 70.8.

“The most reputable banks in 2017 recognize that perceptions of good governance — inclusive of ethics, openness, honesty and fairness — carry the most weight of importance,” Stephen Hahn-Griffiths, vice president and U.S. consulting director for Reputation Institute, said. “Perceptions of innovation are increasingly important, accounting for 13.5 percent of the weight of reputation.”

The list of the nation’s most reputable banks is compiled annually by American Banker Magazine and Reputation Institute, a leading research and advisory firm focused solely on corporate reputations. The results and related analysis can be found on Reputation Institute’s website

Synovus Bank is a Georgia-chartered, FDIC-insured bank. Together with its affiliates, Synovus Bank provides commercial and retail banking, investment and mortgage services to customers through 28 locally branded divisions, 248 branches and 328 ATMs in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee. 

American Banker, a SourceMedia brand, is a resource for senior executives in banking and financial services. In 2015, American Banker was the recipient of the American Society of Business Publication Editors National Gold Award.

Reputation Institute is a consulting and advisory firm for reputation. RI works with companies to make business decisions that build and protect reputation capital, analyze risk and sustainability topics, and drive competitive advantage.

Panera Bread to offer delivery
Panera Bread is currently offering home and office delivery of its lunch and dinner menu in the Mobile metro market. The company plans to roll out delivery to 35 percent to 40 percent of its more than 2,000 locations by the end of 2017, according to a news release.

The St. Louis-based franchise reportedly plans to hire more than 3,500 positions nationwide to ramp up the program this year. It is projected to create more than 70 new jobs locally as a result of the initiative.

Panera delivery orders can be placed up to two weeks in advance on PaneraBread.com or via the Panera Bread mobile app. Online and mobile ordering will allow for customization with visual product builders and enable customers to store order history and credit card information.

The Panera Bread mobile app is currently available for iPhone and Android devices. A $5 order minimum and $3 delivery service fee will apply.

For more information about the program, visit Panera Bread’s website.