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UNION BANK NAMED PRESENTING SPONSOR OF 2010 "HEART OF MARIN" AWARDS
For Immediate Release
Stephen L. Johnson
(415) 765-3252 - office
(415) 320-2295 - mobile
Daniel W. Weidman
(213) 236-4050 - office
(818) 389-0663 - mobile
Bank to Also Participate in Upcoming Marin Human Race on May 8, 2010
Key Sponsorships Align With Company's Increasing Level of Commitment to Charitable Giving, Employee Volunteerism Efforts in Bay Area
San Rafael, Calif., April 22, 2010 -- Union Bank, N.A., today reaffirmed its long-standing commitment to the greater Marin County community by agreeing to serve as the presenting sponsor of the 2010 Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership's "Heart of Marin" awards, which will be held in January 2011. Tamalpais Bank, which was the founding sponsor of the signature community event, was closed by the California Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) on April 16, 2010, and reopened on Monday, April 19, 2010, as Union Bank.
"As a prominent member of Marin County's business community, we are pleased to support this year's Heart of Marin awards," said Union Bank Senior Vice President and Northern California Market President Brian Hawley. "The Heart of Marin is unmatched in its ability to recognize the important and often quiet work in which so many members of our community are engaged. It is an honor for Union Bank to be associated with such an outstanding local event and we look forward to serving as the presenting sponsor."
Hawley continued, "It is important for the community to know that Union Bank is committed to maintaining the same level of local involvement as the former Tamalpais Bank, including sponsorship of key events like the Heart of Marin and the Marin Human Race, as well as supporting some new non-profit organizations and giving employees opportunities to volunteer locally."
For more than 10 years, Union Bank has supported many of Marin County's non-profit organizations, schools and civic groups that direct educational and youth initiatives, social services, elder care, economic development, the performing arts, affordable housing, and family farming, among many others. In 2009, Union Bank provided generous financial support to several area non-profits, including Canal Alliance, Ecumenical Association for Housing, Headlands Center for the Arts, Okizu Foundation and Meals of Marin, to name only a few.
"Union Bank's sponsorship of our Art Inspiring Hope gala this year came at a critical time for our organization," said John Bell, Founder and Chairman of Okizu, a Novato-based non-profit organization that supports families with childhood cancer. "Union Bank's generous donation will enable us to continue to provide our services at no charge and never turn anyone away."
According to Hawley, Union Bank has a long history of employee volunteerism. "Last year, Union Bank employees donated more than 6,000 hours of their time to hundreds of community-based organizations," remarked Hawley. "This level of personal commitment to the communities where we live and work is a testament to one of Union Bank's guiding principles of supporting important organizations financially and by giving our time."
In fact, Union Bank's employee volunteerism efforts were recognized by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) last year when the bank was awarded an "Outstanding" rating for surpassing the terms of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), which OCC-regulated institutions have been required to follow since the law was enacted in 1977. This was the second consecutive "Outstanding" rating the bank received. Furthermore, in granting the rating, the OCC recognized the bank's leadership in community development lending, a core competency for which the bank has received national recognition.