Supporting the Grizzlies - 12/21/09

For Immediate Release
8:00A.M. PT, December 21st, 2009
Mitch Massey, SVP

(San Luis Obispo, CA) - Continuing its support of education, Heritage Oaks Bank recently made a $1,000 donation to the Grizzly Youth Academy in San Luis Obispo.

“For the past 9 years the students from the Grizzly Academy have played an instrumental role in the organizational set-up and breakdown of the staging area for the Heritage Oaks Bank Family Fun Day and Fun Run” says Mitch Massey, Senior Vice President Marketing/Community Relations for Heritage Oaks Bank and also Race Director.

The Fun Run, having completed its 11th year, attracts nearly 3,000 participants the last Sunday in September to the Paso Robles downtown city park.

“On behalf of the cadets and staff at the Grizzly Youth Academy, I want to thank Heritage Oaks Bank for its continued support of the Academy” Says Major John Oberg, Director, Grizzly Youth Academy. “Without the support of community organizations such as Heritage Oaks Bank, Grizzly Youth Academy would not be able to fulfill its mission of turning around the lives of at-risk youth,” adds Oberg.

The Grizzly Youth Academy is a Charter High School, lead by the California National Guard and chartered through the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education. The academy is structured as a “military boarding school” to promote an academic environment that helps develop leadership, cooperation and academic skills, while improving self-esteem, pride and confidence.

“Our donation is just our way of saying ‘Thank you’ to the Grizzly Academy for their continued involvement with this successful community event” adds Massey. Heritage Oaks Bank is committed to the communities it serves and firmly believes it is their responsibility to support educational programs, youth activities, housing and health services.

For more information about this year’s Fun Run event please visit the event website at