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Team FirstSouthwest/PlainsCapital Raises Nearly $24,000 for Carry the Load

Team FirstSouthwest/PlainsCapital raised nearly $24,000 for Carry the Load, an organization dedicated to honoring our fallen heroes and those who continue to serve our country throughout the year. The majority of the team’s funds came from generous employee donations within FirstSouthwest and PlainsCapital Bank.

“We received an overwhelming amount of internal support from FirstSouthwest and PlainsCapital Bank,” said John Muschalek, director of correspondent clearing at FirstSouthwest and multi-year Carry the Load participant. “Without their generous support for this great organization, we wouldn’t have been able to surpass our original goal by nearly $9,000.”

During Memorial Day weekend, thousands of people gathered at Reverchon Park in Dallas to participate in the 20-hour walk honoring the brave men and women who selflessly “carry the load” every day so we can live our lives free of worry and fear. John Muschalek and FirstSouthwest colleagues Jeff Hammill, managing director of information technology and Tim Costlow, information technology development director, walked more than 50 miles throughout the event’s 20-hour duration. Thousands of other participants walked the six-mile course through Reverchon Park to raise money for charities that benefit families, especially children, of fallen military, police and firefighters.  Thousands of flags decorated the lawn at Reverchon Park on Memorial Day to honor fallen military service members, police and firefighters.

“I am grateful for FirstSouthwest and PlainsCapital Bank’s support over the past two years. Their employees have given generously to advance the Carry The Load mission and to help provide financial support to our beneficiaries,” said Stephen Holley, co-founder of Carry The Load. “Because of their generosity, Carry The Load has started a national movement to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day. I am honored to partner with both FirstSouthwest and PlainsCapital Bank as we continue to carry the load for those who have given so much for us.” 

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