San Diego, California - As part of its ongoing commitment to responsible banking and supporting the San Diego community, Union Bank, N.A., partnered with the San Diego Chargers to raise funds for local non-profit organizations over the course of the Chargers’ 2013 regular season.
Titled “Game Changers,” the fundraising program culminated with a donation presentation at Chargers Park where the San Diego Chargers joined Union Bank Senior Vice President and Regional Manager Lawrence Henry to present $15,000 ($5,000 each) to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego, San Diego Armed Services YMCA and San Diego Center for Children.
“In the spirit of teamwork, Union Bank and the San Diego Chargers worked together with the community to raise money for these organizations that are helping children, families and members of our armed forces,” said Henry. “We are pleased to help make a lasting change in their lives by supporting their important programs and services."
Each group will use the donations to fund a variety of projects, including healthy lifestyle programs offered at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego, programs that make military life easier at the Armed Services YMCA, and specialized education and essential therapeutic programs for at-risk children and teens at the San Diego Center for Children.
“This is another example of outstanding support and caring hearts among Chargers fans as well as our friends from Union Bank,” said Chargers Executive Vice President and CEO A.G. Spanos. “It’s great how something as simple as loose change can make a difference.”
Kicking off outside Qualcomm Stadium before the September 29 game against Dallas, the Game Changers fundraising program invited fans at Chargers home games to gather their loose change and dollar bills and donate to the Game Changers Change Mobile, a one-of-a-kind vehicle that can process and tabulate money donated on the spot, for a fun, interactive fundraising activity. As part of the program, attendees also had the chance to win a variety of prizes, such as koozies and football gear signed by Chargers players, including Philip Rivers and Eric Weddle, as well as instant ticket upgrades to watch the Chargers play.
About UnionBanCal Corporation & Union Bank, N.A.
Headquartered in San Francisco, UnionBanCal Corporation is a financial holding company with assets of $105.9 billion at December 31, 2013. Its primary subsidiary, Union Bank, N.A., provides an array of financial services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, and major corporations. The bank operated 420 branches in California, Washington, Oregon, Texas, Illinois, New York and Georgia, as well as 2 international offices, on December 31, 2013. 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. In July 2013, American Banker Magazine and the Reputation Institute ranked Union Bank #1 for reputation among its customers. Visit www.unionbank.com for more information.
About the Chargers
The San Diego Chargers originated as the Los Angeles Chargers of the American Football League in 1960. The team relocated to San Diego in 1961 and captured the American Football League championship in 1963. Since joining the National Football League when the two leagues merged in 1970, the Chargers have won 10 AFC West division titles, including five titles in the last 10 seasons. The team has played in 28 playoff games. Purchased by construction leader and real estate developer Alex G. Spanos in 1984 and under the guidance of Spanos’ eldest son Dean – now the team’s Chairman of the Board-President – since 1994, the Chargers won the AFC Championship and played in Super Bowl XXIX. The Chargers are Southern California’s only NFL franchise and all Chargers games are annually the highest-rated television programming in San Diego. The Chargers play their home games at Qualcomm Stadium and the Spanos family, nationally renowned as one of San Diego’s and the NFL’s most philanthropic families, has invested millions of dollars in an effort to secure a new Super Bowl-quality stadium for San Diego.