Teri Charest, Vice President, Corporate Communications
Christopher Gil, Senior Content Marketing Specialist
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 19, 2015
U.S. Bank’s Mission Branch and MEDA to Host Event for Mission Fire Business Fund: Unite and Restore
Aim to garner community donations for victims of recent fire at Mission and 22nd streets
San Francisco, CA — The Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA), providing more than four decades of asset building for Latinos in the Mission District of San Francisco, announces the launch of its Mission Fire Business Fund: Unite and Restore. The aim of the fund is to help small business and their employees who are victims of fires in the Mission District.
The recent fire at Mission and 22nd Streets showcased the need to establish such a fund.
“There were 36 small business displaced by this recent fire, which was just a few blocks from MEDA’s Plaza Adelante neighborhood center. There were also 71 people who worked at these businesses,” stated MEDA Executive Director Luis Granados. “This fund will allow MEDA to provide immediate assistance to community members in need following such fires. With MEDA’s 40-year history of supporting small businesses and ensuring that they can call San Francisco their permanent home, this campaign is the living embodiment of our mission, vision and core values.”
Karen Van Dine, artist and creator of Studio 217, lost not only her business and tools,but her life’s work as well in the Jan. 28 fire. “Teaching and making art are not merely my livelihood, but my life — my reason for being. Now I am prevented from giving my gifts,” said Van Dine.
Being kitty-corner from the devastation, U.S. Bank has graciously agreed to step in and host a launch event for the fund this Friday at 7pm at 2601 Mission St. @ 22nd St. The event is open to the media, with an invitee audience comprising MEDA staff, U.S. Bank employees, City Hall representatives, local small businesses, tech companies, nonprofit organizations and victims of the fire.
“U.S. Bank is honored to provide a location for this special event which will help MEDA assist our neighbors who have been impacted by the recent fire,” said Michael Righi, president of U.S. Bank in Northern California. “U.S. Bank has a strong relationship with MEDA, and together we want to help the community overcome the temporary setbacks caused by the fire.”
About U.S. Bank
U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with $403 billion in assets as of December 31, 2014, is the parent company of U.S. Bank National Association, the 5th largest commercial bank in the United States. The company operates 3,176 banking offices in 25 states and 5,022 ATMs and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions.
Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com.
Since 1973, MEDA has worked to improve economic and social conditions in the Mission District by stimulating investment, enhancing the business environment, and creating jobs for area residents.