Albany, Ore. — —
Umpqua Bank, a subsidiary of Umpqua Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: UMPQ), is partnering with 99.9 KRKT-FM to help local families in need during the holiday season through its 16th annual Wish Upon a Star® program. The program grants wishes for individuals and families struggling through tough times in Marion, Linn, Benton and Polk counties, and has fulfilled more than $540,000 in overall wishes since the program was developed in 1998.
"The holiday season is an especially difficult time for many people in our communities who face challenging situations," said Ray Davis, president and CEO of Umpqua Bank. "As a community bank, we feel an added responsibility to lessen some of these burdens. We created our Wish Upon a Star program to help brighten the season for those who are struggling and also inspire others in the community to lend support in whatever way they can."
Umpqua Bank's Wish Upon a Star program has granted more than 600 holiday wishes since its inception. Past wishes range from basic needs, such as installing a furnace to heat a family through the winter, to uniquely special requests, including building a wheelchair ramp for a child with muscular dystrophy and providing the testing for a procedure that allowed a young woman to regain her hearing.
Nominate a Holiday Wish
Now through Dec. 6, community members are encouraged to visit www.umpquabank.com/wish to nominate deserving friends, family members and neighbors. Wishes must come from community members, not organizations, on behalf of an individual or family.
Those without Internet access can call 1-866-486-7782 to speak with an Umpqua Associate, and additional Wish Upon a Star inspiration may also be found at facebook.com/umpquabank.
Wishes Granted On-Air
Wishes will be granted on-air weekdays between Dec. 2 and 13. Listeners can tune in to 99.9 KRKT-FM at 7:30 a.m. each morning to hear the holiday wishes come true.
About Umpqua Bank
Umpqua Bank, headquartered in Roseburg, Ore., is a subsidiary of Umpqua Holdings Corporation with locations between California's Central Coast and the Puget Sound, along the Oregon and Northern California Coast, and in Central Oregon and Northern Nevada. Umpqua Bank has been recognized for its innovative customer experience and banking strategy by national publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Fast Company and CNBC. The company has been recognized for the past seven years in a row on FORTUNE magazine's list of the country's "100 Best Companies to Work For," in addition to being named one of the Best Banks to Work for in 2013 by American Banker, one of The Oregonian's Top Workplaces for 2013 and Most Admired Financial Services Company in Oregon by The Portland Business Journal for the eighth consecutive year.
Umpqua Holdings Corporation also owns a retail brokerage subsidiary, Umpqua Investments, Inc., which offers services through Umpqua Bank stores and in dedicated offices throughout Oregon, and Financial Pacific Leasing, a nationally-recognized commercial finance company that provides equipment leases to small businesses. Umpqua's Wealth Management Division serves high net worth individuals and nonprofits by providing customized financial solutions and offerings. Umpqua Holdings Corporation is headquartered in Portland, Ore. For more information, visit http://www.umpquabank.com.