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MECHANICS BANK PRESENTS MORE THAN $49,000 TO LOCAL SCHOOLS

Oakland A's Program a Home Run


RICHMOND, CA, Sept. 17, 2007 – For the fourth straight year, MechanicsBank has sponsored the East Bay’s popular Oakland Athletics ticket sales program, “Step Up To The Plate For Education,” to raise money for local schools. On Monday, September 17, 2007, the bank handed over a check for more than $49,000 to Superintendent Bruce Harter of the West Contra Costa School District, the results of the season-long fundraising effort.

The Oakland Athletics initiated Step Up To The Plate a few years ago in response to the West Contra Costa School District’s announcement that devastating across-the-board cuts were inevitable due to the District’s precarious finances. MechanicsBank, headquartered in Richmond and with a century of ties to the community, offered to step in as a sponsor.

Each year, participating school and district offices and offices of MechanicsBank have touted and distributed order forms for A's tickets to select games. The A’s donate up to $10 for each ticket directly back to the schools.

In addition to distributing the order forms, MechanicsBank underwrote promotional spots and radio airtime for the program. It even held its “employee family picnic” day at the A’s game, with proceeds from the ticket purchases for more than 500 employees and their families included in the program revenue.

“No doubt about it—this really makes a difference to local schools,” said Steve Buster, MechanicsBank CEO. “And, it is perfectly in keeping with our mission to help build prosperous communities as a trusted financial partner.”

MechanicsBank is headquartered in Richmond, California. The century-old family-owned community bank is one of the largest independent banks headquartered in Northern California, with more than $2.7 billion in assets.



Press contacts:
Ms. Hatti Hamlin
925.872.4328
HattiHamlin@aol.com

Mr. David Louis
510.741.3328
David_Louis@mechbank.com