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Union Bank, KCETLink Kick Off 2014 Local Heroes Program Black History Month Honorees Announced


February 21, 2014 --
Union Bank, KCETLink Kick Off 2014 Local Heroes Program Black History Month Honorees Announced

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 21, 2014

In celebration of Black History Month and as part of its ongoing commitment to cultural diversity and responsible banking, Union Bank, N.A., has partnered with KCETLink to honor two exceptional African Americans as local heroes. The 2014 Black History Month honorees are: Daryl L. Osby, chief of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, and Anthony J. Tolbert, associate director of admissions and outreach at the UCLA School of Law. Both will be recognized during a private February dinner celebration with their families and executives from KCETLink and Union Bank.

Since 1998, KCETLink and Union Bank have collaborated on the Local Heroes program and recognized nearly 180 honorees. The program pays tribute to exemplary leaders who are making a difference and enriching the lives of others by improving their community, region and the world at large. The 2014 Black History Month honorees demonstrate a shared commitment to providing their communities with the tools to thrive in todays changing world.

Throughout the year, honorees will also be identified during Womens History Month (March); Jewish American Heritage Month (May); Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (May); Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month (June) and Hispanic Heritage Month (September/October).

We continue to celebrate diversity at Union Bank, and we are excited to pay special tribute to these two extraordinary African Americans as we launch our 2014 Local Heroes program, said Union Bank Senior Executive Vice President Pierre P. Habis, head of Community Banking. The honorees embody the banks spirit of giving back, and we are thrilled to continue our nearly 20-year partnership with KCETLink that allows us to highlight their achievements.

KCETLink is honored to recognize the wonderful accomplishments of these two Local Heroes in celebration of Black History month, said KCETLink Chief Executive Officer Al Jerome. We are grateful to have a partner in Union Bank for supporting such a worthwhile program in our community.

The 2014 honorees for Black History Month are:

Daryl L. Osby, the first African American fire chief of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, has volunteered for many community organizations, including the departments Fire Explorer Program and Pomona Valley Hospital. He is the former president of the Los Angeles County Stentorians, an organization founded to end segregation and discrimination in local firehouses. Chief Osby is a true role model and a champion of life-long learning, having participated in continuing education and leadership development programs at Harvard University, Dillard University and Loyola Marymount University. He is also a California State Certified Incident Commander and Chief Officer.

Anthony J. Tolbert is associate director of admissions and outreach at the UCLA School of Law. He is passionate about helping homeless families, and for two years hes opened his home to families in need, charging them only $1 a month in rent while they get their lives back on track. Mr. Tolbert works with social service agencies to identify prospective tenants, and in 2012, a family lived in his South Los Angeles home after leaving an abusive situation. In 2013, he opened his door to a woman and her four children, and at the beginning of 2014, he welcomed a new family into his home. Mr. Tolbert has been honored with the Justice Cruz Reynoso Community Service Award by the Mexican American Bar Association (MABA).

KCET, the Southern and Central California public broadcast service of KCETLink, showcases the rich, vibrant history and cultural diversity of the region through the Local Heroes program and by airing special programs tied to the respective heritage months, and throughout the year. For more information or to nominate a future local hero, please visit For more information about the Local Heroes program, please visit

About KCETLink
KCETLink, formed by the merger between KCET and Link Media, is a national independent, nonprofit, digital and broadcast network that provides high-quality, culturally diverse programming designed to engage the public in innovative, entertaining and transformative ways. With a commitment to independent perspectives, smart global entertainment, local communities, and opportunities for engagement and social action, KCETLink depicts people and the world through a lens unavailable elsewhere in U.S. media. A viewer-supported 501(c)(3) organization, KCETLink content is distributed via satellite on DirecTV 375 and DISH Network 9410, in Southern and Central California via broadcast, as well as through various digital delivery systems. KCET and Link TV are services of KCETLink. For additional information about KCET and Link TV productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit or

About UnionBanCal Corporation & Union Bank, N.A.
Headquartered in San Francisco, UnionBanCal Corporation is a financial holding company with assets of $105.9 billion at December 31, 2013. Its primary subsidiary, Union Bank, N.A., provides an array of financial services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, and major corporations. The bank operated 420 branches in California, Washington, Oregon, Texas, Illinois, and New York and Georgia, as well as two international offices, on December 31, 2013. UnionBanCal Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. Union Bank is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, one of the worlds largest financial organizations. In July 2013, American Banker Magazine and the Reputation Institute ranked Union Bank #1 for reputation among its customers. Visit for more information.

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