LOS ANGELES–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–Sept. 15, 2003–Wells Fargo, the first financial services company in the country to accept matricula consular identification cards and allow more than 100,000 new immigrants to access American-style banking, pays tribute to the Latino community during National Hispanic Heritage Month for its contributions to life in California.
“Hispanics have changed the fabric of life for everyone in the United States. The history and the culture of the Hispanic community can be found in the names of our cities, the food that we eat, the games that we play, the music that we dance to and the bright colors and dynamic shapes that adorn our communities,” said Laura Schulte, president of Wells Fargo’s community banks in California, Nevada and the Mexican Border region.
“Our involvement in Hispanic Heritage Month festivities is a source of pride for our team members and builds awareness for many Californians who may not be aware of the significant cultural, social, and economic contributions that Latinos make to our society everyday. Our philosophy at Wells Fargo is to create an environment where we can all celebrate and promote the diverse cultures found throughout the organization,” she said.
During Hispanic Heritage Month, hundreds of Wells Fargo team members will participate in numerous festivals, parades and fiestas to celebrate the independence of the various Latin American countries. Wells Fargo’s stagecoach will make its presence in several Fiestas Patrias, or Independence festivities.
In the State’s Capitol, two Wells Fargo representatives along with state dignitaries will travel to Guadalajara, Mexico to receive the Mexican Flag from the Governor. The entrance of the Mexican Flag and the El Grito ceremony led by the Consul General of Mexico will take place on the balcony of the State Capitol.
Wells Fargo joins Mayor James Hahn and Mexican Consul General Martha Lara during El Grito Mexican Independence Ceremony on the steps of the City Hall. Company team members will also participate in the proclamation of the Los Angeles Latino Heritage Month and will partake in cultural events throughout the month. Several branches in Los Angeles will dress up with festive decorations and present folklorico dance performances in the teller lines.
Wells Fargo’s headquarters in San Francisco will host the Central American consulates to a red carpet reception to launch National Hispanic Heritage Month in the Bay Area. And in San Diego and Santa Ana, Wells Fargo will participate in cultural festivals in those communities.
In addition to the acceptance of the Mexican matricula, Wells Fargo also recognizes the Guatemalan and Argentine consular identification as a valid form of identification to establish bank accounts and help them participate in the financial mainstream.
National Hispanic Heritage Month marks the anniversary of independence for Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Chile. In 1968, U.S. Congress proclaimed National Hispanic Heritage Week, and this observance was expanded in 1988 to a month-long celebration. During this month, America celebrates the Hispanic cultures, achievements, and heritage by commemorating historical events.
Wells Fargo was named one of the top ten companies in the United States for Latinos by DiversityInc, a magazine promoting and heightening awareness of diversity in business. Wells Fargo provided more than $5.7 million in grants in 2002 to support nonprofit organizations serving the Latino community in the U.S. Earlier this year, Enrique Hernandez, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Inter-Con Security Systems, Inc., Pasadena, Calif., was elected to the company’s Board of Directors and is one of two Hispanics serving on its corporate board.
Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified financial services company with $370 billion in assets, providing banking, insurance, wealth management and estate planning, investments, mortgage and consumer finance from 5,800 stores and the Internet (http://www.wellsfargo.com) across North America and elsewhere internationally.
Dolores L. Arredondo