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Wells Fargo announces winners of Succeeding Together contest and $150,000 in donations to The First Tee chapters across U.S.

Four winners will attend 2013 Wells Fargo Championship, with the grand prize winner playing with Rickie Fowler at the tournament’s Pro-Am on May 1

Charlotte, N.C. - April 24, 2013

Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) today announced the winners of Succeeding TogetherSM, a video essay contest that celebrates the value of building relationships as a foundation for success in life.

Wells Fargo created the contest specifically for teenage participants 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.

A panel of judges from Wells Fargo, The First Tee, and the Wells Fargo Championship tournament office chose four winners from more than 50 video submissions. Reyhan Griffin, 14, from The First Tee of San Francisco was named the grand prize winner; Michael Mahlberg, 16, from The First Tee of Greater Sacramento; Jensen Rubinstein, 17, from The First Tee of Charlotte; and Sara Scarlet, 18, from The First Tee of Greater Sacramento were named the first prize winners.

The winning videos were selected based on how well they detailed how golf and the core values of The First Tee have positively impacted the participants’ lives and how those outcomes have improved their ability to work and succeed together.

The four winning videos were highlighted in a recent post on The Wells Fargo blog, and all of the video submissions are featured on Wells Fargo’s YouTube channel under the Succeeding Together tab.

“We’re excited to announce the winners of our Succeeding Together contest, and really proud of all the wonderful stories that the contest participants shared through their video essays,” said Jamie Moldafsky, Wells Fargo chief marketing officer. “Wells Fargo believes that when people talk, great things can happen. And our participants have shown that this holds true when you believe in yourself and are not afraid to share your story with the world.”

The four winners and a guest will receive a four-day/three-night trip for two to Charlotte, N.C., to attend the 2013 Wells 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.

To celebrate the enthusiasm of all contest participants, Wells Fargo will donate a total of $150,000 to chapters of The First Tee across the U.S., including $100,000 to The First Tee of Charlotte. A formal check presentation will take place during the company’s fourth annual Reading Above Par® community program in Charlotte on April 30.

“We are grateful to Wells Fargo for shining a spotlight on the success of our participants through this contest,” said Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., chief executive officer of The First Tee. “The four winners selected represent the many young people in our programs succeeding both on and off the golf course.”

The annual Reading Above Par community program in Charlotte complements Wells Fargo’s companywide Reading First® program, which promotes early childhood literacy. Since its inception in 1997, Reading First has provided more than 1 million books to classroom libraries — one at a time — after team members volunteer to read aloud in a classroom. Together, team members have volunteered millions of hours promoting the importance of literacy to more than 500,000 children.

View the winning videos at:

View all the video submissions at: and click on the Succeeding Together tab.

More information about the contest is located at:

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, and the Internet (, and has offices in more than 35 countries to support the bank’s customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 270,000 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 more than $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.

About The First Tee
The First Tee ( is 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 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.

Matt Wadley