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For Immediate Release 

Jane Yedinak

Sam Curley

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, February 11, 2013 – As part of its ongoing commitment to cultural diversity and responsible banking, and in celebration of Black History Month, Union Bank, N.A., partnered with KQED to honor four extraordinary individuals for their leadership and dedication to serving their communities. Held at San Francisco’s famed Bimbo’s 365 Club on February 6, 2013, and attended by members of the Bay Area community, the awards ceremony highlighted the exceptional contributions of the following Bay Area African Americans as part the Local Heroes program:
  • Omar Butler, Site Director, College Track San Francisco
  • Reggie Daniels, Manalive Facilitator, Community Works
  • Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Center for Youth Wellness
  • Mieko Scott, Founder, Imagine That!

"We are proud to celebrate this year’s extraordinary local heroes — they are inspiring and positively impact our communities every day through their leadership and dedication," said Union Bank Senior Executive Vice President Pierre P. Habis, head of Community Banking. "The honorees also embody Union Bank’s core values of service and commitment to community, and we applaud their commitment to serve."

The awards celebration was hosted by award-winning composer and band leader Marcus Shelby and included music performed by the Marcus Shelby Quartet, lyric baritone Robert Sims and jazz vocalist Paula West.

The Black History Celebration, a broadcast of the awards ceremony, premieres on Sunday, February 17 at 7 pm on KQED 9 and will receive encore presentations on KQED 9 on Monday, February 18 at 1 am and on Saturday, February 23 at 6 pm, as well as on KQED Life on Tuesday, February 19 at 8 pm and on Wednesday, February 20 at 2 am.

To view the videos profiles of each honoree and to get more information on the wide range of Black History Month programming KQED offers in February, or to nominate a future local hero, visit 2014 Black History Month nominations are now open. For more information about the Local Heroes Awards, please also visit

About UnionBanCal Corporation & Union Bank, N.A.
Headquartered in San Francisco, UnionBanCal Corporation is a financial holding company with assets of $97 billion at December 31, 2012. 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 447 branches in California, Washington, Oregon, Texas, Illinois, and New York as well as two international offices, on December 31, 2012. 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.

About KQED
KQED serves the people of Northern California with a public-supported alternative to commercial media. Home to the most listened-to public radio station in the nation, one of the highest-rated public television services and an award-winning education program, and as a leader and innovator in interactive technology, KQED takes people of all ages on journeys of exploration — exposing them to new people, places and ideas.