Shaping the Spirit of Los Angeles



On Tuesday, June 2nd, East West Bank received the Spirit of Los Angeles Award at the United Way of Greater Los Angeles “2015 Annual Philanthropy Awards” held at the Disney Concert Hall. The Spirit of Los Angeles Award recognized companies that raised $500,000 or more to the “Creating Pathways Out of Poverty” program, which puts us alongside other major corporations like Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, UPS and Edison. This honor was made possible thanks to the record-breaking teamwork of our 2015 Campaign Co-Chairs Fred Mirzaian, Michael Hayashida and Victor Owens; inspired leadership of the Campaign Committee Members; and most importantly the collective contributions of the 1,678 East West Bank employees that rallied together behind this worthy cause.

Dorothy Chan, VP-Manager of Community Development, CRA and Community Affairs Division, who has successfully managed and helped increase the Bank’s annual United Way ¬campaign contributions for the past nine years running, was recognized as the Outstanding Workplace Ambassador of the Year for executing the most outstanding campaign in an organization with over 1,000 employees. Dorothy is an exemplary women leader, who is passionate, energetic, relentless and a true team-builder. Her dedication has helped to deepen the shared spirit of giving back at East West Bank. The Bank was also a finalist for Model Campaign of the Year, Outstanding Leadership Campaign and Outstanding HomeWalk Champion.

Elise Buik, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles said, “It’s so wonderful to look out and see so many friends and long-time supporters. I think that’s what sets you all apart, is that you do it year in and year out for people in our community who desperately need your help.” The presenter for the evening, Phillip Palmer, Anchor for ABC-TV said, “Your belief in the work of the United Way is a driving force for good in the Greater Los Angeles Area. From corporate partners, to workplace ambassadors, to executive champions, this room is filled with real advocates for change.”