Wells Fargo presents checks to nonprofits

Staff report

In a community open house April 11, Wells Fargo officials presented more than $8,000 to four area nonprofits.

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank was presented with $5,000; the Homer Council on the Arts was presented with $2,000; South Peninsula Haven House, $1,000; and 4-H, $400.

Patrick Ryland, Kenai Peninsula district manager for Wells Fargo, welcomed the crowd and introduced the Homer leadership team, including Homer Store Manager Tyler Davis; Service Manager Nicole Stephens; and Business Banking Manager Andy Riddell.

“Wells Fargo and our predecessor National Bank of Alaska have been a part of this community for 52 years now — (since) back in 1960, when NBA acquired the Bank of Homer under the leadership of Elmer Rasmuson.  We’ve ditched the bellbottoms, but our commitment to this community is as strong as ever,” said Ryland.

Recognizing small businesses as the backbone of Homer’s economy, Ryland mentioned that in 2012, Wells Fargo was named SBA Alaska Lender of the Year for the sixth consecutive year.

Wells Fargo has invested $50,000 in 17 nonprofits in Homer over the last five years. Last year, the bank gave $7,000 to the Homer Playground Project, and $5,000 in Haven House for its new thrift store and workforce development program, said Ryland.