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For Immediate Release

Tanya Peebles-Hill
(213) 236-5329

Nina Ronstadt
(619) 224-3186


SAN DIEGO (February 10, 2012) – As part of its ongoing commitment to cultural diversity and responsible banking, Union Bank, N.A., partnered with KPBS to honor 17 local individuals who are making a difference to enrich the lives of others. The honorees were announced as part of the 2011 Cultural Diversity Partnership, which recognizes and pays tribute to local heroes from eight diverse communities who are making a difference by improving their workplace, profession, neighborhood, community, region and the world. The year-long celebration of diversity culminated with an awards ceremony on February 8, 2012, at the Balboa Theater in San Diego, where recipients were formally recognized. The awards event is scheduled for broadcast on KPBS on April 5, 2012, at 10:30 p.m.

The 2011 Local Heroes honorees are: Veverly E. Anderson, Theophilus A. (Theo) Logan and Martha R. Logan (Black History Month); Kathi Anderson and Barbara Bry (Women’s History Month); Thomas E. Hom and Robin J. Tarr (Asian Pacific American Heritage Month); Edith Eva Eger, Ph.D. and Jackie Gmach (Jewish American Heritage Month); Delores A. Jacobs, Ph.D. and Nicole Murray Ramirez (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month); Richard Nares and Rachael Ortiz (Hispanic Heritage Month); Bill Bodry and Pamela Finkel (Disability Awareness Month); and Michelle Marie Parada and Brandie Taylor (Native American Heritage Month.)

“We are grateful for the opportunity to express our commitment to diversity and our communities through the Local Heroes program and our partnership with KPBS,” said Union Bank Senior Executive Vice President Pierre P. Habis, head of Community Banking. “We’re proud to celebrate these amazing individuals with this well deserved recognition.”

Entertainment for the evening included B-Side Players, LEIISA Polynesian Dance Group, the San Diego Ballet and Second Avenue Klezmer Ensemble. 

On February 8, 2012, Union Bank and KPBS hosted the 2011 Local Heroes Awards at the Balboa Theatre. The 17 honorees were recognized for making a difference in the lives of others. Back row, L to R: George Ramirez, Union Bank; Tom Karlo, KPBS; honorees Kathi Anderson, Veverly E. Anderson, Richard Nares, Nicole Murray Ramirez, Michelle Marie Parada and Theophilus A. (Theo) Logan. Front row, (L to R): honorees Bill Bodry, Thomas E. Hom, Robin J. Tarr, Jackie Gmach, Barbara Bry, Edith Eva Eger, Ph.D., Delores A. Jacobs, Ph.D., Martha Logan, Rachael Ortiz, Brandie Taylor.

About UnionBanCal Corporation & Union Bank, N.A.
Headquartered in San Francisco, UnionBanCal Corporation is a financial holding company with assets of $89.7 billion at December 31, 2011. Its primary subsidiary, Union Bank, N.A., is a full-service commercial bank providing an array of financial services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, and major corporations. The bank operated 414 branches in California, Washington, Oregon, Texas and New York, as well as two international offices, on December 31, 2011. UnionBanCal Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. Union Bank is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG, NYSE:MTU), one of the world’s largest financial organizations. Visit for more information.

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