Golf Tournament Renamed in Memory of Founder, Steve Littrell
A golf tournament hosted by First Metro Bank, previously known as Swingin’ for a Cure, has profound meaning for those fortunate enough to have worked with tournament founder and First Metro Bank Senior Vice President, Steve Littrell. After battling pulmonary fibrosis for several years, Steve Littrell, tournament founder and Senior Vice President, passed away on August 1, 2017. First Metro Bank directors, officers, and employees unanimously agreed the tournament should receive a new name to honor Steve and his legacy of dedication to charity and service. For this reason, the tournament has been renamed the Steve Littrell Memorial Swingin’ for a Cure Golf Tournament.
Steve and his co-workers helped to raise thousands of dollars for charity organizations over the past five years through this annual event. Upon receiving the diagnosis several years ago, Steve’s co-workers approached him requesting tournament proceeds benefit the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation in his honor. While he was incredibly moved by the gesture, Steve declined and instead requested the proceeds from all future tournaments benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. His reason was simple – cystic fibrosis, a lung disease very similar to pulmonary fibrosis, typically affects children. Steve loved children and couldn’t bear the thought of any child suffering the same symptoms he experienced each day. Since 2014, this tournament has raised over $28,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Steve’s dedication to this foundation is a mission his First Metro Bank family will continue to honor.
“Steve’s legacy is one of courage, integrity, leadership, and wisdom. His example will continue to encourage others to be kinder, braver, and more compassionate,” said Rodney Howard, President and CEO. “By renaming the tournament in his memory, we honor and remember our dear friend, Steve, along with his dedication to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.”