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OBF honors Wells Fargo's long support

  • Jun 23, 2010
[caption id="attachment_2717" align="alignright" width="218" caption="Dave Frosaker, john Evans, and Helmuth Rilling enjoy the Silver Baton"][/caption]In honor of its 14 years of continuous support, Wells Fargo received the Oregon Bach Festival’s Silver Baton award Wednesday, June 23, at the festival’s season kickoff Patron Celebration in Eugene. The Silver Baton award acknowledges outstanding support and commitment, recognizing corporations and foundations whose cumulative support over time exceeds $100,000. The festival, a program of the University of Oregon, awards the Silver Baton only when entities reach the standard of giving. John Evans, OBF executive director and president, presented the award to Dave Frosaker of Eugene, a Wells Fargo senior trust specialist. Citing Wells Fargo’s cumulative support of nearly $120,000, Evans commended the corporation’s steady backing. “Consistent, year after year support is what makes Wells Fargo such a valuable partner,” Evans said. “That commitment enables us better to plan and work together to meet new challenges.” The financial services company’s support of the festival includes concert sponsorship, underwriting of educational and community outreach activities, and volunteerism. Wells Fargo’s Mark Richanbach, a financial advisor in Eugene, serves as board chair of the Friends of the Festival. Frosaker also serves on the board. Wells Fargo’s underwriting of the Festival’s Conductor’s Society is a prime example of the firm’s leadership. “Wells Fargo’s support facilitates and fosters more generous giving from our community leaders,” Evans said. “That, in turn, creates more opportunities for us to do what we do best: create meaningful experiences around music.” Wells Fargo has repeatedly been named one of the strongest supporters of arts and culture in Oregon. “More than 158 years ago, Wells Fargo’s stagecoaches transported actors, musicians and other performing artists to communities throughout the West, including Eugene,” said Frosaker. “Today, we’re proud to continue that tradition by helping to bring arts and entertainment to our community through supporting local arts organizations such as the Bach Festival.” A program of the University of Oregon, the Festival’s 2010 season runs June 25-July 11. Past recipients of the OBF Silver Baton include Mercedes Benz, KeyBank, Lufthansa German Airlines, and The Oregon Community Foundation.