San Diego, California - As part of its commitment to responsible banking and supporting the San Diego community, MUFG Union Bank, N.A., has partnered with the San Diego Chargers to raise funds for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank during the Chargers 2014 regular season. Titled “Game Changers,” the fundraising program encourages fans to be a force in the fight against hunger by donating spare change. As part of the program, attendees will have the chance to win prizes, including ticket upgrades, rally towels, merchandise discounts and signed San Diego Chargers memorabilia.
Kicking off outside Qualcomm Stadium before the September 14 game against Seattle, Game Changers invites fans at Chargers home games to gather their loose change and dollar bills and make a donation at the Game Changers Mobile, a one-of-a-kind vehicle that can process and tabulate money donated on-the-spot, for a fun, interactive fundraising activity. By donating to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank through Game Changers, fans can help feed more than 370,000 San Diegans every month.
“Game Changers is part of Union Bank’s longstanding partnership with the Chargers and exemplifies our commitment to community and giving back,” says Union Bank Managing Director and Regional Executive Lawrence Henry. “We are proud to once again bring this program to fans, and we hope all San Diegans join us to help tackle hunger by contributing at the Game Changers Mobile.”
Fans will have a chance to win a variety of prizes that will boost their Chargers experience – the Game Changers Mobile comes stocked with fun goodies, such as rally towels and football gear signed by Chargers players, including Eric Weddle and Philip Rivers. Fans will also have opportunities to win upgraded seats to watch the Chargers play that very day.
“This is what teamwork is all about – the Chargers, Union Bank and the San Diego Food Bank working together to help of our fellow San Diegans,” said San Diego Chargers Executive Vice President and CEO A.G. Spanos. “We invite all of our fans to donate their loose change and help our neighbors in need, and at the same time they have a chance to win fun prizes and even tickets.”
Union Bank, San Diego Chargers Game Changers Program
Over the course of the season, Union Bank, through the Union Bank Foundation, and the Chargers have each pledged to match all donations up to $5,000. The Game Changers Mobile can be found driving around the Qualcomm Stadium tailgate lot before home games for the remainder of the 2014 regular season.
“The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank is so grateful to the Chargers and Union Bank for supporting our mission through the ‘Game Changers Mobile’ campaign,” said Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank President & CEO James Floros. “Every dollar donated to the Food Bank provides five meals to individuals and families in need in San Diego County. The holidays will be a tough time for struggling San Diegans to put food on the table, and we are asking Chargers’ fans to step up and help the Food Bank feed families in need by donating spare change at Chargers’ home games. With the community’s help, we can tackle hunger this holiday season!”
For information about Game Changes and a list of the full rules and regulations, please visit http://www.unionbank.com/gamechangers or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/unionbank or on Twitter @unionbank.
About the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank
Established in 1977, the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank is a critical component to the welfare of San Diego County, providing food to people in need, advocating for the hungry and educating the public about hunger-related issues. Through a combination of government programs and partnerships with over 350 San Diego County nonprofit charities, the Food Bank is a central repository and distribution point for government and donated food. In the fiscal year 2013-2014 the Food Bank distributed over 22 million pounds of food to individuals, families and a network of nonprofit organizations that work to alleviate hunger throughout the county. Visit the Food Bank at www.sandiegofoodbank.org
About MUFG Union Bank, N.A.
MUFG Union Bank, N.A., is a full-service bank with offices across the United States. We provide a wide spectrum of corporate, commercial, retail banking and wealth management solutions to meet the needs of customers. The bank also offers an extensive portfolio of value-added solutions for customers, including investment banking, personal trust, capital markets, global treasury management, transaction banking and other services. With assets of $108.8 billion (USD), as of June 30, 2014, the bank has strong capital reserves, credit ratings and capital ratios relative to peer banks. MUFG Union Bank is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (NYSE: MTU), one of the world’s largest financial organizations with total assets of approximately ¥259 trillion (JPY) or $2.5 trillion (USD)1, as of June 30, 2014. MUFG Americas Holdings Corporation, the financial holding company and MUFG Union Bank, N.A. have corporate headquarters in New York City.
1 Exchange rate of USD=¥101.36 (J-GAAP) as of June 30, 2014
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. It finished first in five of the 10 AFL seasons. Since joining the National Football League when the two leagues merged in 1970, the Chargers have won 11 AFC West division titles, including six titles in the last 10 seasons. Overall, the team has played in 28 playoff games. The Chargers were purchased by construction leader and real estate developer Alex G. Spanos in 1984 and has been under the guidance of Spanos’ eldest son Dean, the team’s Chairman of the Board-President, since 1994. That same season the team 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.