Park National Bank names 2015 Johnstown Community Difference Maker
August 12, 2015
Don Jakeway honored for contributions to the American Legion, Kiwanis and Masonic Lodge
JOHNSTOWN, Ohio — The Park National Bank (Park) honored Don Jakeway as the 2015 Community Difference Maker. He was recognized for his dedication to and work with the American Legion, Kiwanis and the Masonic Lodge. Park presented the award to Jakeway at the bank’s annual Community Breakfast event, held at Park’s Johnstown office.
Jakeway’s wife, Rene, nominated him for the award, which is given annually to a community member who is deeply involved in the community. In her nomination, Rene proudly shared her husband’s accomplishments: “His dedication to numerous American Legion‐sponsored events in Johnstown helps fund $5,000 per year in scholarships to student athletes at Johnstown High School. He not only assists the schools; he also assists the handicapped senior citizens and the Johnstown youth through his volunteerism.”
A WWII veteran, Jakeway served in the United States 82nd Airborne Division during the war from 1942‐1945. He has since dedicated his life to establishing and volunteering for countless community initiatives and projects, such as Toys for Tots, the flag raisings at football games and the Fourth of July fireworks. He is a member of the American Legion Post 254, a 60‐year member of the Masonic Lodge and a lifetime member of Kiwanis.
As part of the award, Jakeway could choose an organization to receive a $500 donation from Park. He chose the American Legion Post 254. “Don’s unwavering commitment to and love for this special community earned him this award,” said Patrick Simpson, branch manager of Park’s Johnstown office. “It’s truly a privilege to shake his hand and thank him for what he’s done, and continues to do, for the Johnstown community.”
The Park National Bank sought nominations from all community members to identify the neighbors who go the extra mile to make a positive difference in others’ lives and in Johnstown.
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The Park National Bank is the leading financial institution in Licking County and a top community bank in central Ohio. Founded in 1908, it provides deposit, loan, and trust and investment services for families and businesses. Park consistently earns high marks and awards for its service, community leadership, and financial performance. Park operates 17 full‐service offices in Licking and Franklin counties. The Park National Bank is a part of Park National Corporation (NYSE: PRK), also headquartered in Newark, Ohio.