Cowabunga! CowParade North Carolina 2012 announces Wells Fargo as presenting sponsor
On May 1, 2012, N.C. Children’s Hospital announced that Wells Fargo had joined CowParade North Carolina 2012 as its presenting sponsor. The sponsorship represents a $100,000 gift for CowParade North Carolina, the world’s largest public art exhibit, coming to the greater Triangle in August 2012 to the benefit of N.C. Children’s Hospital.
“Wells Fargo is excited to support North Carolina Children’s Hospital by bringing the 2012 CowParade to Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill,” said Jack Clayton, Triangle East Regional President for Wells Fargo. “We know that residents and visitors alike will enjoy seeing these painted cows throughout the Triangle. The cows are sure to be amazing pieces of artwork that will help create an even stronger awareness of and funding for all the tremendous work being done at the state’s children’s hospital at UNC.”
As the presenting sponsor, Wells Fargo will have 20 custom-designed, life-size fiberglass cows on display across central and eastern North Carolina in places like Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh, the Research Triangle Park, Garner, Cary, Greenville, Wilmington and Fayetteville. Wells Fargo has chosen local artists to design their cows. The Fayetteville Technical Community College Art Department, for example, has been chose to create “Paratrooper Cow” for display in Fayetteville, and local Triangle artists Raines Thompson and Earle Kluttz Thompson of Kluttz Thompson Designs will create a “Rameses” cow to be showcased on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill.
In conjunction with its sponsorship, Wells Fargo will also host CowParade North Carolina 2012’s opening and closing events:
- The CowParade North Carolina preview party (to be held in August 2012)—The event that kicks off CowParade North Carolina, the preview party is the one and only time where all the artist-rendered cows from the exhibition will be on display at the same time in the same location. Following the preview party, the cows will go on display at various locales throughout the greater Triangle.
- The CowParade North Carolina gala auction (to be held in January 2013)—Following the three-month public art exhibition phase of CowParade North Carolina, the gala auction is where the best of the best of the art exhibition’s cows will be sold to the highest bidder for the benefit of N.C. Children’s Hospital.
“This six-figure gift from Wells Fargo represents so much more than simply bringing a world-renowned public art exhibition to central North Carolina,” said N.C. Children’s Hospital chief physician, Dr. Wesley Burks. “This sponsorship is symbolic of Wells Fargo’s commitment to the families and children in the communities it serves throughout this great state, as it will help advance the Children’s Hospital’s mission to safeguard the health and well-being of North Carolina’s 2.1 million children.”
The press conference announcing the sponsorship fittingly included a “mini moo” painting party in the N.C. Children’s Hospital lobby, featuring some very special artists, all Children’s Hospital patients.
CowParade North Carolina’s three-month exhibition phase is projected to kick-off in late summer of 2012. The life-size bovines, approximately 8’ long and 5’ high, will be “set out to pasture” in public locations across the greater Triangle. Following the public art exhibition, the cows will be rounded up and auctioned for charity at gala event, currently scheduled to be held in January 2013.
Since 1999, CowParades across the globe have generated in excess of $30 million for worldwide charitable organizations. Proceeds for CowParade North Carolina 2012 will benefit N.C. Children’s Hospital.
ABOUT COWPARADE NORTH CAROLINA 2012
CowParade, the world’s largest public art exhibit, is coming to the Triangle in late summer 2012. Presented by Wells Fargo, up to 100 life-size, fiberglass cows, hand-painted by local artists, will be on parade across greater Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill beginning as early as August 2012.
CowParade first began in Zurich, Switzerland in 1998 and has since been staged in over 50 cities worldwide, raising in excess of $30 million for its nonprofit partners in those cities. Domestic versions of CowParade, such as those held in Chicago (1999) New York City (2000), have been widely touted as the most successful public art programs in the cities’ histories.
The Triangle joins Northern Ireland, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Nicosia, Cyprus in CowParade’s 2012 global tour. CowParade North Carolina 2012 is conservatively estimated to attract more than 500,000 visitors to the Triangle during the three-month exhibition phase. At the conclusion of CowParade NC, the artist-rendered cows will be auctioned to the highest bidders with proceeds benefiting N.C. Children’s Hospital.
ABOUT WELLS FARGO
Wells Fargo & Company is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.3 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, the Internet (wellsfargo.com), and other distribution channels across North America and internationally. With more than 270,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in America. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 23 on Fortune’s 2011 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.
ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
North Carolina Children’s Hospital protects the health and well-being of North Carolina’s 2.1 million children by aligning premier health care practitioners, world-class medical education, and innovative, interdisciplinary research to provide the highest-quality, family-centered care, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. As a major referral center for children with complex and chronic conditions, N.C. Children’s Hospital works hand-in-hand with community hospitals and pediatricians across the state, providing specialty care to more than 70,000 children from all 100 counties each year.
N.C. Children’s Hospital offers complete pediatric inpatient and outpatient care in its 140-bed state-of-the-art facility at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill and at more than 25 satellite outpatient clinics throughout North Carolina. The Children’s Hospital’s world-class physicians, nurses and other clinical staff represent all pediatric subspecialties and are capable of treating children with virtually any disease or disorder. For more information, please visit www.ncchildrenshospital.org.