Golden 1 Credit Union receives Golden Bear Award

SACRAMENTO, CA (July 9, 2014) — At their annual gala on June 27, the Friends of the California State Fair bestowed upon Golden 1 Credit Union one of their highest honors, the Golden Bear Award. Also on hand to present a Commendation in recognition of the Golden Bear Award was California’s 3rd District U.S. Congressional Representative, John Garamendi. Accepting the award and Commendation on behalf of Golden 1 was Donna Bland, President and CEO.

The Golden Bear Award acknowledges individuals and businesses that have furthered the State Fair’s mission of showcasing California’s economic and cultural diversity, and have rendered meritorious service and support to the California State Fair. This prestigious award was first presented in 1977.

“All of us at Golden 1 are very proud to be honored with this year’s Golden Bear Award,” said Donna Bland, President and CEO. “We have a strong and long-standing partnership with our friends on the Cal Expo and State Fair management teams, and we thank the Friends of the California State Fair and Congressman, John Garamendi, for bestowing this honor on Golden 1 Credit Union. Through sound relationships with our members, communities, and partners like the California State Fair, we are all stronger together.”

Golden 1 has been a supporter and sponsor of the California State Fair for more than 15 years. At the Golden 1 Concert Stage, many talented performers have entertained fair attendees over the years. Golden 1 also provides more than 20 ATMs throughout the Cal Expo grounds giving State Fair attendees convenient access to cash. And in 2013, Golden 1 funded the installation of the CALIFORNIA letters at the main entrance of the fairgrounds creating an instant landmark for State Fair attendees for many years to come.

“The employees of Golden 1 Credit Union constantly go above and beyond to ensure we provide value that benefits the members and diverse communities we serve,” said Bland. “We take the

same approach with the California State Fair. Our employees serve in many capacities to ensure Fair attendees enjoy their overall experience. From providing educational information in the exhibit halls to ensuring round-the-clock access to cash for food, beverage, and entertainment purchases while at the Fair, Golden 1 demonstrates our ongoing commitment to exceptional service and community support. The Golden Bear Award is as much recognition of the commitment of our employees as it is of Golden 1 Credit Union.”

With more than $8 billion in assets, Golden 1 is the sixth largest credit union in the United States. It has more than 675,000 members, 80 branches, and 270 ATMs. For more information, please visit


California State Fair Golden Bear Award and Commendation awarded to Golden 1 Credit Union by the Friends of the California State Fair and California Representative of Congress, John Garamendi. 

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