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Wells Fargo and the Trail Blazers Foundation present grants to representatives of 16 schools from throughout Oregon and S.W. Washington, including two in Portland.
Wells Fargo and the Trail Blazers Foundation present grants to representatives of 16 schools from throughout Oregon and S.W. Washington, including two in Portland.
Two Portland schools among 16 to receive grants from Wells Fargo and Trail Blazers Foundation (Photo) - 03/16/17

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Two Portland schools were among the 16 that received grants March 11 from the Trail Blazers Foundation and Wells Fargo through their "Take It to the Court for Education" program.

Sitton Elementary in North Portland received $8,000 to expand its environmental education and garden program, which not only teaches the students how to grow vegetables but also promotes self-sufficiency and addresses food insecurity. The students share the food with the Oregon Food Bank and their school's cafeteria.

Tucker Maxon School in S.E. Portland received $6,000 to purchase software and 23 recording devices that will help its hearing impaired students in preschool through Grade 5 learn to talk, catch up in school and succeed when they move into mainstream schools.

Wells Fargo and the Trail Blazers Foundation awarded a total of $100,000 in grants of various amounts. The 16 recipients were chosen from almost 200 submissions from 63 different cities across Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Schools were able to request funding support for their academic, art, athletic or community programs. The grant amounts ranged up to $10,000, based on the scope and costs associated with the project or program requesting funds.

"I serve on the board of the Trail Blazers Foundation, and I can tell you that education is important to both of our organizations," said Wells Fargo Regional President Tracy Curtis of Portland. "We truly believe that if we don't support our local schools and education, our future is at risk. This grant program is one of the many ways we help our local communities."

The other recipients were from Fairview, Gresham, Medford, North Bend, Pilot Rock, Salem, Silver Lake, The Dalles, Tillamook and Warm Springs, Ore., as well as Vancouver, Wash.

In the past three years, the grant program has awarded $275,000 in funds to 49 schools in the region.

ABOUT WELLS FARGO
Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1852, Wells Fargo is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. The firm provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,600 locations; 13,000 ATMs; the internet (wellsfargo.com); and mobile banking. Wells Fargo has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

ABOUT THE PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
Members of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Portland Trail Blazers were founded in 1970 and purchased by Paul G. Allen in 1988. The team's rich heritage includes 32 playoff appearances, three trips to the NBA Finals, an NBA championship in 1977 and a commitment to community service and sustainability. The Trail Blazers are dedicated to positively impacting underserved kids and their families throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington where they live, learn and play. Portland is the first and only professional sports franchise to receive the prestigious National Points of Light Award for excellence in corporate and community service. The Trail Blazers home arena, the Moda Center, earned LEED Gold Recertification in 2015 after becoming the first existing professional sports venue in the world to receive LEED Gold status in 2010. The team is also one of the founding members of the Green Sports Alliance. For more information, visit www.trailblazers.com.

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Wells Fargo Regional President Tracy Curtis presents grants to two Medford schools.
Wells Fargo Regional President Tracy Curtis presents grants to two Medford schools.
Two Medford schools among 16 to receive grants from Wells Fargo and Portland Trail Blazers (Photo) - 03/11/17

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Two Medford schools were among the 16 that received grants tonight from the Trail Blazers Foundation and Wells Fargo through their "Take It To The Court for Education" program.

Jackson Elementary received $5,000 so it can introduce robotics and technology literacy to students and expose them to career opportunities in technology.

McLoughlin Middle School received $8,000 for sports equipment and scholarships to provide access to sports for more students.

"It's going to have a huge impact on all of our students. It's going to give them an opportunity to explore and use materials that they just wouldn't normally have," said First Grade Teacher Teresa Haley of Jackson Elementary, a high poverty school. "I'm so thankful of the generosity of the Trail Blazer Foundation and Wells Fargo."

Lisa Keepes, the Athletics secretary at McLoughlin, said 70 percent of her school's 860 students live below the poverty line. Many can't participate in sports because they can't afford sneakers, sports equipment, a physical or other expenses, she said.

"We will use these funds to benefit and help more of our kids succeed in athletics," Keepes said, adding the school is looking at also using some of the money to add athletics to its summer program.

Wells Fargo and the Trail Blazers Foundation awarded a total of $100,000 in grants of various amounts. The 16 recipients were chosen out of submissions from 60 different cities across Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Schools were able to request funding support for their academic, art, athletic or community programs. The grant amounts ranged up to $10,000, based on the scope and costs associated with the project or program requesting funds.

"I serve on the board of the Trail Blazers Foundation, and I can tell you that education is important to both of our organizations," said Wells Fargo Regional President Tracy Curtis of Portland. "We truly believe that if we don't support our local schools and education, our future is at risk. This grant program is one of the many ways we help our local communities."

The other schools that received grants are in Fairview, Gresham, North Bend, Pilot Rock, Portland, Salem, Silver Lake, The Dalles, Tillamook and Warm Springs in Oregon, as well as Vancouver, Wash.

In the past three years, the grant program has awarded $275,000 in funds to 49 schools in the region.

ABOUT WELLS FARGO
Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1852, Wells Fargo is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. The firm provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,600 locations; 13,000 ATMs; the internet (wellsfargo.com); and mobile banking. Wells Fargo has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. Wells Fargo's vision is to satisfy our customers' financial needs and help them succeed financially. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

ABOUT THE PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
Members of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Portland Trail Blazers were founded in 1970 and purchased by Paul G. Allen in 1988. The team's rich heritage includes 32 playoff appearances, three trips to the NBA Finals, an NBA championship in 1977 and a commitment to community service and sustainability. The Trail Blazers are dedicated to positively impacting underserved kids and their families throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington where they live, learn and play. Portland is the first and only professional sports franchise to receive the prestigious National Points of Light Award for excellence in corporate and community service. The Trail Blazers home arena, the Moda Center, earned LEED Gold Recertification in 2015 after becoming the first existing professional sports venue in the world to receive LEED Gold status in 2010. The team is also one of the founding members of the Green Sports Alliance. For more information, visit www.trailblazers.com.

Senior Citizens Council Executive Director Christi Bird (standing) greets some of the attendees at the the nonprofit’s fundraising dinner.
Senior Citizens Council Executive Director Christi Bird (standing) greets some of the attendees at the the nonprofit’s fundraising dinner.
Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County raises $18,000 at annual dinner March 3 in Milwaukie (Photo) - 03/10/17

MILWAUKIE, Ore. -- The Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County (SCCCC) raised $18,000 at its fundraising dinner March 3 at Gray Gables Estate in Milwaukie.

About 50 people attended the event to support the Oregon City-based nonprofit group.

The event featured a buffet dinner, a performance by veteran Portland comedian Susan Rice, raffles and the live auction of a Portland Trail Blazer basket donated by the team and Wells Fargo. Board member Tom Unger served as the emcee.

"We've had larger turnouts for this event in the past but we're thrilled with the generosity of the attendees and sponsors who supported us this year," said SCCCC Executive Director Christi Bird. "The funds we raised will help us save the lives and financial resources of more senior citizens at risk in Clackamas County."

Sponsors for the event included Mattress World NW, The MacNaughton Group, Wildish Construction, Inc., Dennis Fritz, Stefanie Danielson, Jack Lundeen, Gray Gables Estate and Wells Fargo.

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the SCCCC providing services for home-bound, frail, vulnerable and geographically isolated adults in Clackamas County. Not available anywhere else, its programs promote independence, improve quality of life and prevent or end abuse, neglect (including self-neglect) and exploitation of at-risk seniors and adults with disabilities.

The organization is currently seeking more board members. Those interested can call (503) 657-1366.

About Senior Citizens Council
Founded in 1972, Senior Citizens Council of Clackamas County, Inc. is committed to improving the quality of life for seniors and adults with disabilities in Clackamas County, Ore. Many of those served don't have the ability to pay. The SCCCC relies on donations, grants and this fundraising event to support those in need. More information about the council is posted at www.seniorcitizenscouncil.com.

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United Way Worldwide again names Wells Fargo the No. 1 workplace campaign in U.S. - 03/09/17

For the eighth consecutive year, United Way Worldwide has named Wells Fargo's workplace giving campaign No. 1 in the United States.

"We're grateful to Wells Fargo and its team members for their continued commitment to making a positive impact on people's lives," said Brian Gallagher, president and CEO of United Way Worldwide.

Wells Fargo's team members throughout the country donated $98.87 million to 30,000 nonprofits, including $60.7 million that was pledged during the company's month-long Community Support Campaign.

"Even while we as a company are in the midst of rebuilding trust, our team members continued to step up, showing an unwavering dedication to caring for others," said Jon Campbell, head of Government and Community Relations. "This shows the true character of our team members and the true passion they have for helping our communities thrive."

More than 80,000 team members donated during the company's annual Community Support Campaign, where team members donate their time and money to support charitable organizations. United Way Worldwide has recognized Wells Fargo's campaign as the largest in the country every year since 2009.

More than 82,000 team members across the nation also donated their time in 2016, reporting 1.73 million volunteer hours with nonprofits. That equals a monetary value of more than $40 million, according to Independent Sector.

About Wells Fargo
Serving the Pacific Northwest since 1852, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,600 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 269,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States.