Charlotte, N.C. - March 15, 2013
Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) today announced the launch of Succeeding TogetherSM, a video essay contest that celebrates the value of building relationships as a foundation for success in life. The contest was created by Wells Fargo specifically for participants (ages 13-18) in The First Tee®, a youth development organization that introduces young people to the game of golf and its inherent values at nearly 200 chapters across the U.S.
The four winners and a guest will receive a four-day/three-night trip for two to Charlotte, N.C. to attend the 2013Wells Fargo Championship and experience up-close the excitement of a PGA TOUR event from inside the ropes. The grand prize winner will play in the tournament’s Pro-Am with defending champion Rickie Fowler on May 1, 2013.
“Wells Fargo recognizes the value of relationships and how we can achieve great things by working together: in the classroom, in our communities and in life,” said Jamie Moldafsky, Wells Fargo chief marketing officer. “Through our companywide volunteer efforts and support of community organizations like The First Tee, we help create a brighter tomorrow for future generations.”
In the Succeeding Together contest, participants will create video essays that share how the game of golf and the core values of The First Tee have positively affected their lives and how that has improved their ability to work and succeed together.
Contestants upload their videos to the Succeeding Together contest site, which are then posted to Wells Fargo’s YouTube channel. They can then share the videos through their social networks. The top 50 entries, based on the number of “thumbs up” the videos earn, will be reviewed by a panel of judges from Wells Fargo, The First Tee, and the Wells Fargo Championship tournament office.
“Participants of The First Tee are introduced to core values inherent in the game of golf, like courtesy, respect, and sportsmanship,” said Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., chief executive officer of The First Tee. “With the help of Wells Fargo, we are pleased to shine a spotlight on our participants who have used these core values to succeed while working with others, both on and off the golf course.”
Only participants in The First Tee (ages 13-18 in the Birdie, Eagle or Ace program levels) can enter the Succeeding Together contest. Video entries must be uploaded between March 15 and April 1. Winners will be announced in mid-April. No entry fee or purchase is required to participate in the contest.
More information about the contest is located at: www.succeedingtogether.wellsfargobank.com.
Video entries will be posted to: www.youtube.com/wellsfargo.
About Wells Fargo & Company
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.4 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, the Internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in more than 35 countries to support the bank’s customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2012 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.
About the Wells Fargo Championship
The Wells Fargo Championship is one of the largest, most prestigious sporting events in the Charlotte region. Champions for Education, a non-profit organization, operates and manages the tournament and has donated over $14.8 million to local and regional charities since 2003. Now leading up to its 11th year, the tournament is intended as an annual tradition that will bring players and patrons back each year for an unforgettable golf experience. Because of consistent overall excellence, the Wells Fargo Championship was awarded unprecedented back-to-back “Best in Class” Awards in 2009 and 2010 by the PGA TOUR. The 2013 tournament will be held April 29-May 5. A combination of Quail Hollow Club and the spirit of the Charlotte area community are among the reasons the Wells Fargo Championship has and should continue to draw many of the world's top golfers to Charlotte.
About The First Tee
The First Tee (www.thefirsttee.org), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth development organization whose mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. With its home office at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., The First Tee reaches young people on golf courses, in elementary schools, at other youth-serving locations and on military installations.
Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has introduced the game of golf and its values to more than 7.6 million young people in all 50 United States and four international locations. The First Tee is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation and its Founding Partners are LPGA, the Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and the USGA. Shell Oil Company is The First Tee’s Founding Corporate Partner and Johnson & Johnson is its Legacy Partner. Former President George W. Bush serves as honorary chair.