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US Bank Increases Their Support

On July 23, US Bank generously donated $15,000 to the Dean’s Art Fund for Excellence. And what made the event especially significant was that Steve Martinez, US Bank’s South Bay District Manager and Dave Lompa, US Bank’s Aptos Branch Manager, stopped by UC Santa Cruz and delivered the check in person to Acting Dean of the Arts, Martin Berger.

"U.S. Bank is committed to supporting arts and cultural programs across the country, and right here in Santa Cruz," said Steve Martinez. "Minds are enriched when art is embraced, and we applaud the university for inspiring young minds and developing talents in the creative space."

US Bank has been supporting the Dean’s Arts Excellence Fund for four years, donating
$10,000 each previous year. “I was thrilled to learn that we were granted $15,000 this year,” said David Yager, Dean of the Arts (who is currently on a yearlong sabbatical). “It is truly a pleasure to partner with US Bank.”

US Bank’s continued investment in the Arts at UC Santa Cruz has also supported many other
key programs, including Shakespeare to Go, The Arts Dean's Lecture Series, the UC Santa Cruz Opera Theatre, the UC Human Rights Fellowship, and programs that directly relate to providing free UC Santa Cruz Arts Division-events tickets for low-income students.

"We're honored to partner with US Bank and salute their long-term commitment to the arts,” said Martin Berger, Acting Dean of the Arts. “Their generous support has allowed us to bring musical and theatrical performances to UC Santa Cruz undergraduates and local high school students."

Chris Delegans, US Bank's Senior Vice President and Region Manager in the Northern
California Metro, area has been the guiding force in the decision to support the Arts at UC Santa Cruz over the past four years. He also has been responsible for identifying community advocates, such as Steve Martinez, so that the partnership grows and remains strong.

Darrell Brown, US Bank’s Senior Vice President in the Greater Los Angeles area, serves on the Arts Dean’s Leadership Board, and has been an advocate of the arts at US Bank and in the Los Angeles area for many years. 

US Bank is the nation’s fifth largest commercial bank with over $340 billion in assets and 17
million customers. Their Santa Cruz branch is located at 110 Morrissey Blvd. and offers student financial services, including free checking with no minimum balance requirement.


PIctured: (left to right) Martin Berger, Dave Lompa and Steve Martinez