Starting in 2016, a Commercial Bank of Texas staff member named Vickie Hubacek noticed distrust and anger toward firemen and police officers due to political controversies at the time. During this upset, she began to put on an annual BBQ luncheon as a way of thanking and to honor first responders – an honor that this year is being given to the SFA UPD. After Hubacek’s retirement, the project is now run by the CBTX Administrative Assistant Ruth Ann Peterson.
The luncheon, to be held Friday, is put on solely by the staff at CBTX who take the time to smoke all the meat for the BBQ, and each department chooses a side dish to prepare and serve. During the free meal, the staff members will also take the time to sit down with the first responders, as well as buying plates to raise money for a department necessity.
“[A cook team of five staff members] cook 25 pork butts, and all the rest of the employees from the bank cook beans, potato salad and all kinds of other stuff,” Brad McGuire, an MBA student from Kingsport, Tennessee, said. “We probably have about 100 to 125 employees chipping in and pitching in on it.”
In 2018, this CBTX event was given a Cornerstone Award by the Texas Bankers Association as a cornerstone in the community. The SFA UPD was chosen this year as a way to give back to the SFA community and, in turn, the…