Press Release


Denver, Colorado | Feb 28, 2011

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Bank of the West Philanthropy Awards Nominations Open

Philanthropy Awards Honor Non-Profit Organizations in Denver-Boulder Area

Bank of the West announced today its first Bank of the West Philanthropy Awards for Colorado to celebrate the leadership of individuals and nonprofit organizations in the Greater Denver-Boulder metropolitan area.

The bank will recognize community commitment with three awards: The Bank of the West Innovation in Philanthropy Award, for a creative emerging nonprofit organization; the Community Impact Award, honoring the philanthropic efforts of a bank customer; and the Team Member Commitment Award recognizing an organization supported by a Bank of the West employee.

The bank is accepting nominations from the public now through March 25 for The Bank of the West Innovation in Philanthropy Award, which recognizes a nonprofit or program that has been in existence for five years or less and is improving the quality of life for individuals. Nomination details and the application are available on the Bank's web site at www.bankofthewest.com/community. Nominations for the Community Impact Award and Team Member Commitment Award will be submitted by Bank of the West team members.

"The Bank of the West Philanthropy Awards for Colorado are one way we show our appreciation for the vital role non-profits and volunteers play in making our communities stronger and more vibrant," said Michael Robinson, head of Bank of the West's Rocky Mountain Division, which is based in Denver.

Bank of the West's Wealth Management Group and Community Affairs created the Philanthropy Award program in San Francisco in 2010 to recognize outstanding examples of organizations and individuals who are making a difference in their communities throughout the bank's geography.

Award recipients will receive a $15,000 cash grant and a video produced by Bank of the West profiling their organization's work, which they will be able to use to promote their philanthropic efforts. In addition, two finalists in each category will receive a $5,000 cash grant. Award winners and finalists will be recognized during an awards luncheon in Denver on May 24 hosted by Bank of the West's Wealth Management Group.

The Philanthropy Awards Program represents one component of the bank's dedication to utilizing its financial and human resources to improve its communities. Bank of the West also engages in local sponsorships, employee giving, charitable investments and nonprofit relationships throughout its diverse footprint. The bank has more than 175,000 customers and 90 branches in Colorado and is a proud sponsor of University of Colorado athletics.

About Bank of the West: Based in San Francisco, $58 billion-asset Bank of the West offers a full range of business, corporate, personal, trust and international banking services and operates more than 700 branch locations and commercial banking offices in 19 Western and Midwestern states. Founded on a commitment to relationship banking, the Bank's Wealth Management Group provides banking, wealth planning, insurance and investment services to high net worth individuals. Bank of the West's holding company, BancWest Corporation, is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, among the six strongest banks in the world, according to Standard & Poor's. More information at www.bankofthewest.com.

Media Contact:
Jim Cole
Corporate Communications, Bank of the West
(415) 399-8268
jim.cole@bankofthewest.com

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