Wells Fargo Supports the Most Significant Vietnamese American National Event

March 23, 2006

Wells Fargo Supports the Most Significant Vietnamese American National Event
Wednesday March 22, 9:00 am ET

‘3rd Annual Golden Torch Award – Bridging Endless Possibilities’

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 22 /PRNewswire/ — The Vietnamese American National Gala (VANG) has now become an annual tradition and is proud to present its Title Sponsor, Wells Fargo Bank, for the 3rd Annual Golden Torch Award ceremony. Viet Heritage Society will host the black-tie Gala dinner on Saturday, May 6, 2006 at the majestic Westin St. Francis Hotel in the heart of San Francisco, CA.”Wells Fargo is proud to be this year’s Title Sponsor for the 3rd Annual Golden Torch Award in conjunction with the celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage,” said Fred Bertoldo, Wells Fargo’s Santa Clara Valley Community Regional President. “Through our involvement, we hope to bring greater visibility of the progress of the Vietnamese American community, while honoring distinguished individuals for their contributions through VANG’s annual celebrations.”

Ryan Hubris, Executive Director for VANG, foresees an even brighter and more successful future with the involvement of its new sponsor. “We are honored to have Wells Fargo as our Title Sponsor for this year’s event because it plays a significant role for our organization and community outreach,” he remarked. “Wells Fargo’s participation enables us with endless opportunities and opens the next chapter for VANG. We are proud to show how far our community has come and how much more we may accomplish by working together.”

The 3rd Annual Golden Award Gala dinner is part of a four-day celebration which includes the VANG Celebrity Golf Classic and the San Francisco City Hall Reception on Thursday, May 4, 2006; VANG Leadership Conference, the Napa Valley Wine Tasting & Tour, and VANG Welcome Reception on Friday, May 5, 2006; San Francisco City Tour and Gala dinner on Saturday, May 6, 2006; and a Sunday Farewell Brunch.

VANG is the premier Vietnamese American gathering in the nation. VANG is the Vietnamese American community’s version of the Oscar®, but it has a broader scope in recognizing professional achievements and community contributions. The black-tie dinner gala brings together nearly a thousand Vietnamese American luminaries, elected officials, corporate sponsors, and community and business leaders, to honor some of America’s best and brightest.

Viet Heritage Society (VHS) is the host of VANG and it is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization based in San Jose, CA. Its mission is to preserve and promote Vietnamese culture and history through the establishment of cultural venues and educational programs that foster community understanding and appreciation. VHS is currently developing the first Vietnamese Heritage Garden in the nation. The ground-breaking ceremony is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 19, 2006 at Kelley Park in San Jose, CA.

For additional information on VANG, please visit www.vangUSA.com or contact Ryan Nguyen Hubris or Angie Pawlicki at (408) 270-8000, or at info@vangUSA.com.

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