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UNION BANK AND KQED HONOR BAY AREA AFRICAN AMERICANS AS LOCAL HEROES


For Immediate Release


Contacts:
Jane Yedinak
(415) 765-3241 
jane.yedinak@unionbank.com

Cynthia Gibson
(310) 560-8010 
ckg@ckgcommunications.net


SAN FRANCISCO (February 11, 2011) – Union Bank, N.A. and KQED recently partnered to honor four extraordinary Bay Area African American Local Heroes during the 16th Annual Local Heroes Awards celebration held at the KQED Public Media Center in San Francisco February 3, 2011.  This year’s honorees received their awards in recognition of their leadership and dedication to serving their communities:

  • Dr. Clayborne Carson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute, Stanford University
  • Naa Dodua (Diane Green), Executive Director, From Heart to Hand
  • Reverend Carolyn Dyson, African American Breast Health and Sister to Sister Breast Health, California Pacific Medical Center
  • JoLynn Washington, Jose Ortega Elementary School, San Francisco Unified School District

"The contributions of these local heroes are positively impacting our communities every single day through their leadership and dedication," said Executive Vice President Julius Robinson, head of Union Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility and chairman and chief executive officer of the Union Bank Foundation. "These local heroes possess tremendous passion to inspire our friends and families, our neighborhoods, and our entire community. We applaud their commitment to serve."

Video profiles of each honoree, produced by and broadcast on KQED, were shown prior to the presentation of the awards, highlighting their commitment and dedication to community service.

To view the local heroes video profiles airing on KQED Public Media, please visit http://www.kqed.org/community/heritage/.  For more information about the Local Heroes Awards, please also visit unionbank.com/heroes.

Local Heroes airs on the following dates:
KQED 9HD:Sunday, February 20 – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 22 – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 23 – 1:30 a.m.
KQED Life:Saturday, February 26 – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 27 – 6:30 p.m.

Call for the 2012 Black History Month nominations opens in November 2011.  Visit unionbank.com/heroes for details on the Local Heroes program.

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Union Bank and KQED honor four extraordinary Bay Area African American Local Heroes at the 16th Annual Local Heroes Awards celebration at the KQED Public Media Center in San Francisco. Top Row L-R: Dr. Clayborne Carson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute, Stanford University; Naa Dodua (Diane Green), Executive Director, From Heart to Hand. Bottom Row L-R: JoLynn Washington, Jose Ortega Elementary School, San Francisco Unified School District; and Reverend Carolyn Dyson, African American Breast Health and Sister to Sister Breast Health, California Pacific Medical Center. Photo Credit: Alain McLaughlin .

"The award celebration also included performances by two artists. Lawrence Beamen, a top five finalist on America’s Got Talent performed "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" and "Old Man River." African-American Shakespeare Company Artistic Director L. Peter Callender performed Shakespeare’s Sonnet #10 and Paul Lawrence Dunbar's "When Balindy Sings."

About UnionBanCal Corporation & Union Bank, N.A.


Headquartered in San Francisco, UnionBanCal Corporation is a financial holding company with assets of $79.1 billion at December 31, 2010. 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 401 banking offices in California, Washington, Oregon and Texas, as well as two international offices, on December 31, 2010. 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 www.unionbank.com for more information.

About KQED Public Media

KQED Public Media (kqed.org) has served Northern California for more than 50 years and is affiliated with NPR and PBS. KQED owns and operates public television stations KQED 9 (San Francisco/Bay Area), KTEH 54 (San Jose/Bay Area), and KQET 25 (Watsonville/Monterey); KQED Public Radio (88.5FM San Francisco and 89.3FM Sacramento); the interactive platforms kqed.org, kteh.org, and KQEDnews.org; and KQED Education. KQED Public Television, one of the nation's most-watched public television stations, is the producer of local and national series such as QUEST; Check, Please! Bay Area; This Week in Northern California; Truly CA; and Essential Pépin.  KQED's digital television channels include 9HD, Life, World, Kids, and V-me, and are available 24/7 on Comcast.  KQED Public Radio, home of Forum with Michael Krasny and The California Report, is one of the most-listened-to public radio stations in the nation with an award-winning news and public affairs program service delivering more than eighteen local newscasts daily.  KQED Interactive hosts KQED’s cross-platform news service, KQED News, as well as offers video and audio podcasts and a live radio stream at kqed.org. KQED Education brings the impact of KQED to thousands of teachers, students, parents, and the general public through workshops, community screenings, and multimedia resources.