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August 27, 2008 > Fremont Bank Foundation and Regional Parks Foundation maintain strong bond to benefit East Bay Regional Park District

Fremont Bank Foundation and Regional Parks Foundation maintain strong bond to benefit East Bay Regional Park District

Submitted By Casey Boggs

The relationship between Fremont Bank and East Bay Regional Park District in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties has become a strong partnership that began with the vision of one man, Morris Hyman. In 1999, Mr. Hyman was invited to a lunch meeting hosted by Rosemary Cameron in an effort to raise support for the Park District's "Forest of the Future" project. Mr. Hyman was pleased to help by contributing $10,000 to the Regional Parks Foundation, the Park District's fundraising arm. Thanks to that grant, the Park District was able to create fifteen acres of oak woodland habitat at Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont and a relationship was created between the two organizations.

"Morris was a truly remarkable man and his vision on how to give back to the community was amazing," said Regional Parks Foundation Executive Director Rosemary Cameron about the late Morris Hyman.

Since 1999, Fremont Bank Foundation has continuously supported the Park District through grants towards its Camperships Program, to provide camping scholarships for youngsters from low-income families residing within Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Camperships allow at-risk and disabled youth to attend camp during the summer or participate in outdoor environmental education during the academic school year.

Additionally, Fremont Bank Team H.E.R.O.E.S. projects help the Park District with its Environmental Restoration Plan. In 2005, a group of about 30 bank associates planted trees around Quarry Lakes in Fremont. The following year, the group returned to Quarry Lakes and built tree swallow and wood duck nesting boxes to help restore wildlife at the park.

Since Mr. Hyman's passing, his daughter, Fremont Bank Foundation's President Hattie Hyman-Hughes, and his grandson, Fremont Bank's Relationship Officer for Nonprofit Agencies Brian Hughes, have continued the relationship with the East Bay Regional Park District.

"We like them and they like us," said Fremont Bank's Hattie Hyman-Hughes. "It's a privilege to work with strong, successful nonprofits, and the Regional Parks Foundation is top notch."

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