Wells Fargo gives $10,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of NEPA
on behalf of Wachovia customers, team members
Donations to people in need to top $1.4 million as part of broad
2011 merger integration effort

At the check presentation are (l-r) Gregory Collins, Wells Fargo Bank Northeastern Pennsylvania community banking president; and Tricia DiBiasi Thomas, Club executive director.

SCRANTON– Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) recently presented a check for $10,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania as part of Wells Fargo and Wachovia integration activities.  Based on voting by Wachovia customers and team members, the grants are part of a broader 2011 integration-related charitable effort to provide more than $1.4 million to organizations serving people in need.

The donations mark a Wells Fargo-Wachovia integration milestone. Wachovia’s banking locations in Pennsylvania became Wells Fargo stores on April 16th.

Two months ago, Wachovia customers and team members received ballots by mail asking them to vote for their top choice from five nonprofits across the bank’s Greater Pennsylvania market.  Voting ended recently and as a result, the Boys & Girls Clubs of NEPA received the $10,000 donation from the bank.  Other non-profits across the market will receive awards ranging from $5,000 to $25,000.   

The check to the Boys & Girls Clubs of NEPA was presented on April 28, 2011 at the Wells Fargo retail store in downtown Scranton.

Tricia DiBiasi Thomas, Club executive director says, “We are so grateful and appreciative of Wells Fargo’s generous donation and commitment to our local children and youth.  We hope to continue this collaboration for many years to come.  Together we will continue to provide children and youth with a positive place to attend after school.”

Throughout 2011, Wachovia will transition to Wells Fargo in the remainder of the east and southeast. Until then, it is business as usual for customers, and they should continue banking as they do today.

Community involvement and the Wachovia integration
Being a part of all communities we serve is central to Wells Fargo's Vision & Values.  
Wells Fargo and Wachovia share a legacy of community investment, and with the merger of Wells Fargo and Wachovia, the company can create more economic growth and prosperity in the thousands of communities it serves.

About the Boys & Girls Club of Northeastern Pennsylvania
The Boys & Girls Club was founded in 1899 and was originally called the Boy’s Industrial Association (BIA) and was located in the basement of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.  From its inception, the organization was non-sectarian and inter-racial in membership and administration. In 1906, BIA joined a growing federation of youth organizations, which later became the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. In 1926, the organization moved into larger facilities at the corner of Mulberry Street and Adams Avenue and was dedicated with a new corporate title, “Boys’ Club of Scranton”.  In response to social developments and recognizing a strong local need for services for girls, the club opened its doors to girls in 1981.  In October of 1985, The Club changed its name to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Scranton.  In 2000, the organization once again expanded services, locating extension sites throughout Luzerne County and was renamed to The Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania. 

Throughout the time the mission has remained the same: to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, some 1,000 boys and girls, ages six to eighteen years old, take advantage of the programs, activities, and services provided by our agency at our full-service Central unit in Scranton and our extension sites throughout Luzerne County and in Lackawanna County.


About Wells Fargo
In Pennsylvania, Wells Fargo has more than 8,000 team members and 289 stores. Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.3 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, the Internet (wellsfargo.com and wachovia.com), and other distribution channels across North America and internationally. With approximately 280,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in America. 

Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 19 on Fortune’s 2009 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.