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Wells Fargo donates $33,000 to Children’s of Alabama to improve hearing and speech motor skills of children across the state
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08/28/2015
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BIRMINGHAM – Wells Fargo donated $33,000 to Children’s of Alabama today, making good on its football season pledge to donate $1,000 per interception by the University of Alabama and Auburn University football teams to help treat ill and injured kids at the state’s only freestanding pediatric hospital.

University of Alabama’s mascot Big Al and several uniformed cheerleaders presented the $33,000 donation check during an event in the lobby and also took pictures with the children, socialized with families and autographed posters.

“Wells Fargo’s financial support allows the Hearing and Speech Department to purchase specialized equipment and take-home learning kits for its patients,” said Heather Baty, AuD, MBA, Director of Hearing & Speech at Children’s Of Alabama. “Their generosity makes a lasting impact on the lives of Children’s of Alabama hearing and speech patients.”

The Wells Fargo Picks for Kids funds are used by Children’s Charity League Hearing and Speech Center to provide comprehensive evaluation and therapy services for children requiring inpatient and outpatient treatment. Children’s team of audiologists and speech-language pathologists are trained to assess and treat all areas of speech, language and hearing in its patients, patients like Flint Vick.

Flint, age 2, is the son of Tiffany and Brad Vick of Wilsonville. He was adopted from China in January 2015. Flint was born without external ears. Recently, the Vick family has experienced several obstacles with insurance coverage for the special type of hearing device Flint needs. He is currently wearing one of the loaner devices purchased by Wells Fargo so he can hear while his family sorts through payment and coverage options.

“We’re honored to unite two great teams for a cause that improves the lives of so many children in Alabama,” said Leigh Collier, Mid South Region President for Wells Fargo. “Wells Fargo is proud to stand side by side with Children’s Charity League Hearing and Speech Center to support Picks for Kids. Together, our individual efforts can make a huge impact.”

For more information about Picks for Kids or to make a pledge for your team, visit www.picksforkids.org.

About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.7 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,700 locations, 12,800 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 266,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune’s 2015 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.

About Children’s of Alabama
Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children across the state and throughout the southeastern U.S. since 1911. For the past three years, Children’s has been ranked among the best children’s hospital programs in the nation by US News & World Report. Last year, patients made more than 670,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s from every county in Alabama and from 41 other states and four foreign countries. With more than 2 million square feet, it is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. Children’s offers inpatient and outpatient services across its Russell Campus on Birmingham’s historic Southside with additional outpatient services provided at Children’s South and Children’s on 3rd. Primary care is provided at more than a dozen medical offices in communities across central Alabama. Children’s of Alabama is the only medical center in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, research and residency programs. Children’s recently moved much of its inpatient services into a new building named The Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children. More information is available at www.childrensal.org.