Union Bank and KQED Recognize Local Heroes

Edna James

As  part of its commitment to cultural diversity and responsible banking, and in celebration of Black History Month, Union Bank has partnered with KQED to honor four Bay Area African Americans.
The four honorees at the 17th Annual Local Heroes Awards include Frank O. Brown, M.D., Edna James, Don Johnson and Harlan L. Kelly, Jr.  The awards will be presented on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the KQED Public Media Center in San Francisco.  
 These award winners are among those who are being recognized by the program, which pays tribute to exemplary leaders who are making a difference and enriching the lives of others by improving their workplace, profession, neighborhood, community, region and the world.
The awards help celebrate the national commemorative heritage months for the African American and Asian Pacific American communities.  In 2011, the program was expanded in San Francisco to recognize honorees as part of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month.
“Union Bank is honored to again partner with KQED to formally recognize the achievements of these outstanding individuals in our community,” said Pierre P. Habis, Union Bank Senior Executive Vice President and head of Community Banking.
 “These inspiring individuals exemplify a tireless commitment to the local African American community and to the Bay Area community at large,” said John Boland, president and CEO of KQED Public Media.
Dr. Frank O. Brown is founder and executive director of the Hillcare Foundation for Health, a non-profit organization that supports clinics in the Oakland area that provide perinatal services to minority communities.
Edna James is a model of life-long learning and community involvement. After obtaining nursing degrees in the 1950s and 1970s, she earned a master’s degree in gerontology at the age of 70.  Now in her 80s, she has spent her life working to improve the lives of people in her community, especially the Ocean View, Ingleside and Merced neighborhoods of San Francisco.
For the last 35 years, Don Johnson has shared his love of tennis with children who otherwise would not have access to the sport.  Known as the “Tennis Machine,” Johnson is a tennis pro and coach who started several youth programs in South San Jose.
Harlan L. Kelly, Jr. is assistant general manager of the Infrastructure Division of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. He is also the co-founder of Project Pull, a youth internship program for  students from diverse San Francisco neighborhoods.
For information about the Local Heroes Awards, visit unionbank.com/heroes.

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