Wells Fargo's $1,000 gift to non-profit group will help families, youths in Mid-Columbia area of Oregon
HOOD RIVER — November 4, 1999
profit organization doesn't require its directors to be card sharks, but it sure appreciates the poker skills of new board member Jill Niederholzer.
Niederholzer, a Personal Banking Manager for Wells Fargo Bank, designated the local youth and family services organization as the recipient for the $1,000 she won in a poker game for charity at her division's awards dinner at the Pittock Mansion in Portland recently.
This year's awards event included after-dinner parlor games. Niederholzer sat at the poker table where, as the top player, she "won" $1,000 for her favorite charity. Choosing The Next Door as the recipient was not a hard decision for Niederholzer.
"I've seen first hand the significant contributions the Next Door's programs have made in our community, and I had just joined the fund development committee to help with the organization's ongoing vision," she said.
A resident of Hood River, Niederholzer has worked for Wells Fargo for 10 years. She has served on The Next Door's New Parent Services board for two years.
Established in 1971, The Next Door serves youth and families primarily from Hood River, Wasco, and Sherman counties, as well as other Oregon counties. Its programs include new parent services, youth substance abuse prevention, counseling, alternative education, foster care and other residential services.
"The $1,000 grant to The Next Door is part of the $300 million that Wells Fargo committed in 1996 to donate to and non-profit organizations and schools in its communities over a 10-year period," said Niederholzer. "Since making that commitment, Wells Fargo has donated more than $7.2 million in Oregon. A primary focus of the company's giving is social and human services organizations whose work primarily benefits low and moderate income individuals."
Established in 1852, Wells Fargo & Company is a $207 billion diversified financial services company providing banking, insurance, investments, mortgage and consumer finance through almost 6,000 stores and other distribution channels across North America, including all 50 states, and elsewhere internationally.