Brookfield, Wis. – With gratitude, Funeral Service Foundation 2017 Chair William Wappner, announced that Regions Funeral & Cemetery Trust, a division of Regions Bank, pledged a major gift of $100,000 in stewardship of the Foundation’s mission to support funeral service in building meaningful relationships with the families and the communities it serves. Regions’ major gift comes on the heels of the company’s $75,000 pledge completion earlier this year. 

Wappner made the announcement during the opening general session of the National Funeral Directors Association’s annual International Convention & Expo on October 24 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. “Meaningful relationships give the Foundation its momentum,” said Wappner. “And our solid collaborative partnerships within the profession advance our work, and help make our communities stronger.”

Attended by nearly 6,000 funeral directors, allied professions and leaders within the profession, the convention’s annual ceremony kicked-off the world’s largest gathering of funeral service professionals. David Falconer, senior vice president and manager of Regions Bang Funeral & Cemetery Trust Division, presented Wappner and Foundation Executive Director Danelle O’Neill with a ceremonial check.

“We at Regions, who have been honored to support the Foundation over the years, are honored to pledge $100,000 in support of its far-reaching impact, said Falconer. “We looking forward to continuing our work together to support all of funeral service in building meaningful relationships in the community.”

Regions Bank has been a Foundation supporter for nearly a decade and is counted among the “Community Pillars” on the Foundation’s Legacy Honor Roll, which is based on cumulative giving.

The contribution from Regions Bank major gift directly supports the Foundation’s mission-focused efforts to fuel the careers of funeral service professionals through scholarships, professional development, outreach, and tools and resources. It also helps fund and promote initiatives and outreach that make a measurable impact on funeral service.

About the Funeral Service Foundation –

Since 1945, the Funeral Service Foundation has served as the profession’s philanthropic voice. As the charitable arm of the National Funeral Directors Association since 1997, the Foundation receives operational support from NFDA and donors across the profession to help advance its mission support funeral service in building meaningful relationships with the families and the communities it serves.

About Regions Bank –

Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF), with $125 billion in assets, is a member of the S&P 500 Index and is one of the nation’s largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, wealth management, mortgage, and insurance products and services. Regions serves customers across the South, Midwest and Texas, and through its subsidiary, Regions Bank, operates approximately 1,600 banking offices and 2,000 ATMs. Additional information about Regions and its full line of products and services can be found at