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UNION BANK LENDS SUPPORT TO LOCAL NONPROFITS DURING GRAND OPENING OF MILL VALLEY RETAIL BANKING OFFICE


For Immediate Release


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

Orith Farago
(714) 582-2300 
Orith@OGF-PR.com



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(L-R) Union Bank’s President and CEO Masashi Oka, Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce Board Member and Vice Chair Peter Richmond, Mill Valley Mayor Ken Wachtel, Union Bank’s Branch Manager Mary Kassis, Union Bank’s Northern Calif. Market President Elaine Genevro, and Union Bank’s Regional Manager Monica Brazil lead a ribbon-cutting ceremony in celebration of Union Bank’s newest branch office grand opening in Mill Valley’s Strawberry Village.



MILL VALLEY, Calif., February 8, 2011 – Union Bank, N.A., hosted a grand opening event in celebration of its newest full-service banking office in Mill Valley.  The branch is the bank’s tenth location in Marin County. The program, headlined by Mill Valley Mayor Ken Wachtel; representatives from two local nonprofits; Peter Richmond, vice chair and board member of Mill Valley’s Chamber of Commerce; and Union Bank President and Chief Executive Officer Masashi Oka, took place on January 27 at the branch located at 800 Redwood Highway Frontage Road in the Strawberry Village Shopping Center.

Representatives from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Marin and Southern Sonoma Counties and The Marine Mammal Center each received a $1,000 donation from the Union Bank Foundation in honor of their strong commitment to education and the environment.  Representatives from the Mill Valley Chamber were also on hand to lead a ribbon-cutting ceremony and to acknowledge the bank’s ongoing support of the local business community.

"Opening this branch is a natural extension of Union Bank’s commitment to the local community," said Union Bank Northern California Market President Elaine Genevro. "The past year has been a period of marked expansion for us in Marin County and Northern California. We are delighted that opening this branch enables us to further strengthen our relationships with the residents, businesses, and nonprofits of Mill Valley by providing convenient access to our best-in-class banking services."

Union Bank’s long-standing tradition of supporting the Mill Valley community includes contributions to a variety of local organizations such as the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership’s Heart of Marin Awards, the Marin General Hospital Foundation, the Mill Valley Film Festival, the Marin Workforce Housing Trust, and more.

Through its foundation, Union Bank supports the communities it serves through charitable contributions. In 2009, the bank’s charitable investment in local communities totaled $11 million, including $9.8 million in grants, contributions, and sponsorships to help finance the efforts of nonprofit organizations within the bank’s marketplace. The Union Bank Foundation focuses on four targeted areas to improve the quality of life for California residents: affordable housing, community economic development, education, and the environment.

Banking Office Information

The Strawberry Village branch is led by Union Bank Vice President and Branch Manager Mary Kassis who oversees a team of seasoned bankers with strong ties to the community. She directs all aspects of branch operations, while growing the bank’s customer base and developing new relationships with individuals and small businesses.

The Union Bank Strawberry Village branch office is open Monday through Friday from  9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Visit www.unionbank.com or call the branch at 415-380-3780 for additional information.

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.