Capital City Banker on Rachel Ray Show
Tallahassee, Fla. –Tashana Shields, a Florida State University (FSU) sophomore, and Denise Wilson, an associate with Capital City Bank, will appear on the Rachael Ray Show airing Thursday, April 23, 2015, on WTWC at 11 a.m. The national show will highlight Shields’ story as well as Wilson’s fundraising campaign to secure much-needed transportation for Shields.
As a youth in foster care, Shields resided at Children’s Home Society of Florida’s Nelle Smith residential home in Palm Beach, serving girls aged 13-17. When she was in high school, she participated in the organization’s Senate Page program and was hosted in Wilson’s home during her stay in Tallahassee. Following a tour of FSU, Shields set a goal to become a Florida State Seminole. Only a very small percentage of youth in foster care attend college, but despite the considerable challenges, Shields began her freshman year at FSU in the fall of 2013.
Since their initial meeting, Wilson knew Shields had big dreams and a bright future. Although Shields works a part-time job to cover her expenses in Tallahassee, she struggles to make ends meet. She recently received the opportunity to move into the Children’s Home Society of Florida’s TreeHouse Scholarship Home, a student residence helping young adults formerly in foster care transition to adulthood. Although this would reduce her housing expenses, Shields would need to rely on limited public transportation to get to school.
To help Shields further her education and achieve her dreams, Wilson spearheaded a GoFundMe fundraising campaign to buy Shields a car. Wilson’s campaign struck a chord within the local community, and to date, she has raised $2,700 of the $5,000 goal.
Wilson is director of corporate associate development of Star University, the in-house training and professional development department of Capital City Bank. A dedicated community volunteer and passionate advocate for children, she is an active member of United Way of the Big Bend and Keys To Exceptional Youth Services (KEYS). Wilson serves as Children’s Home Society of Florida’s Board Chair and chairs the annual Chef’s Sampler fundraiser.
ABOUT CAPITAL CITY BANK
Capital City Bank Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:CCBG) is one of the largest publicly traded financial holding companies headquartered in Florida and has approximately $2.5 billion in assets. The Company provides a full range of banking services, including traditional deposit and credit services, asset management, trust, mortgage banking, merchant services, bankcards, data processing and securities brokerage services. The Company's bank subsidiary, Capital City Bank, was founded in 1895 and now has 63 full-service offices and 71 ATMs in Florida, Georgia and Alabama.
ABOUT CHILDREN'S HOME SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
On the front lines since 1902, Children’s Home Society of Florida is the oldest and largest statewide organization devoted to helping children and families. Children’s Home Society of Florida offers services that help break the cycles of abuse in more families, heal the pain for traumatized children, guide teens to successfully transition into adulthood and create strong, loving families. Children’s Home Society of Florida serves approximately 100,000 children and families throughout the state each year.