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Wells Fargo Donates $55,000 to Nonprofits and Schools in the Inland Empire

Wells Fargo Donates $55,000 to Nonprofits and Schools in the Inland Empire

Wells Fargo held their annual Inland Empire Community Connections Breakfast in which $55,000 was donated to nonprofit community organizations and schools across the Inland Empire and Coachella Valley. The heartwarming event was held in Corona at Eagle Glen Golf Club, where 55 Wells Fargo community bank leaders selected an organization to donate a $1,000 grant in unrestricted funding.

Exclusive photos by Richard Sandoval

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To open the event Evelin Martinez, Wells Fargo Inland Empire area president; David DiCristofaro, Greater Los Angeles lead region president; Jonathan Weedman, head of the Wells Fargo Foundation locally; and Jack Olree, Wells Fargo Inland Empire community relations vice president delivered remarks.

“We are proud to continue this tradition of honoring local nonprofits and schools, because at Wells Fargo we know we can only be as strong as the communities we serve,” said Martinez. “We would like to recognize the organizations that are doing important work in our communities and helping our neighbors who need it most.”

“This breakfast event really is my very favorite day of the year,” said DiCristofaro. “This is the one day when we are able to say ‘thank you’ for the truly significant, and often challenging, work nonprofits and schools are doing every single day to make our communities better.”

Wells Fargo first introduced the Community Connections Breakfast program in 1999 in Los Angeles to allow team members the opportunity to select community organizations to receive an unsolicited charitable contribution. Since then, Wells Fargo regions across the country have adopted the program allowing managers nationwide to participate and reach more local organizations.

“In 2013, Wells Fargo donated more than $275 million across the country, with $3.45 million of that donated right here in the Inland Empire,” said Weedman. “In fact, because of this focus on philanthropic giving and volunteerism, Wells Fargo was recently named among the ‘top corporate philanthropists’ in the nation by The Chronicles of Philanthropy.

The 2014 Community Connections Breakfast grant recipients included:

Nonprofit Name City
Challengers Little League Alta Loma
Apple Valley Rebels Apple Valley
Happy Trails Children Foundation Apple Valley
Cancer Federation of Banning Banning
Boys & Girls Club San Gorgonio Pass Banning
Winter Wish Beaumont
Desert Christian Academy Bermuda Dunes
Family Service Association (FSA) Calimesa
Baskets of Love Coachella
Rewritten Colton
Family Services of the Desert Desert Hot Springs
Live Oak Elementary School Fontana
Templo de Alabanza Sion Fontana
Fontana High School Fontana
Wayne Ruble Middle School Fontana
Southwest Church Indian Wells
The Angel Light Academy Indio
Dr. Carreon Academy Indio
Amelia Earhart Elementary Indio
Copper Mountain College Foundation Joshua Tree
La Quinta FC Soccer club – La Quinta Bayern La Quinta
Desert Sands Unified La Quinta
Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern California Loma Linda
Processing Research Initiative Lucerne Valley
Galilee Center Mecca
Boys and Girls Club Mentone
Charros Federation Mira Loma
Rancho Verde Cross Country Moreno Valley
Rising Stars Business Academy Moreno Valley
Scars to Freedom in Palm Desert Palm Desert
Pegasus Palm Desert
Palm Springs Mounted Police Palm Springs
King’s School Palm Springs
Vista Del Monte Elementary School Palm Springs
Academy for Grassroots Organization Phelan
Rancho Mirage High School Rancho Mirage
Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center Rancho Mirage
Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council Redlands
Redlands Bowl Redlands
Riverstones Residential Services Inc. Redlands
Rialto High School Rialto
Eisenhower High School Rialto
Foundation For Kids Riverside
King Cross Country Booster Riverside
Operation Safehouse Riverside
YMCA Riverside
Feeding America Riverside San Bernardino Riverside
Harrison Safe House Riverside
Youth Action Project (YAP) San Bernardino
Lighthouse for the Blind San Bernardino
United Way San Bernardino
Family Assistance Program Victorville
The Lighthouse of Restoration Organization Inc. Victorville
The World is our Classroom Foundation Yucaipa

About Wells Fargo
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