Finalists announced for MLS WORKS Community Contest presented by Wells Fargo

San Jose's nominee is Lloyd Danon from SSVCF; fan voting for grand prize now open

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Major League Soccer today announced the finalists for the MLS WORKS Community MVP Contest presented by Wells Fargo. The Grand Prize winner, as voted by the fans, will be awarded a $10,000 donation for the charity of their choice and a trip to the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game in Portland.

San Jose’s nominee is Lloyd Danon. Danon is a Board member of Soccer Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SSVCF), an all-volunteer, nonprofit Earthquakes fan organization, and is involved in all of the community & charitable activities SSVCF conducts. Specifically, Lloyd has been a one man operation running the SSV Kidzone. Lloyd plans & organizes Kidzone for every Earthquakes game, including all logistics, securing tickets from the Quakes to outreach and continued contact with various children's charities. If SSVCF falls short of money or tickets Lloyd donates them himself. A modest & selfless individual with two children of his own, he does this so less fortunate children can experience the joy and community shared by all at Earthquakes games.

Fan voting is open now through July 25 on the MLS WORKS web site: www.MLSsoccer.com/CommunityMVP.

Fans may also vote by tweeting: “I vote for the @MLSWORKS @WellsFargo (insert club handle) #CommunityMVP” from 9 p.m. PT on July 24 through 9 p.m. PT on July 25.

The Grand Prize winner will be announced on Friday, July 25 at 2 p.m. PT via twitter by @MLSWORKS. 

“MLS WORKS is committed to supporting the communities that support our clubs,” said JoAnn Neale, MLS Chief Administrative Officer. “These nominees are using the world’s game to make a difference on a local level and we are proud to share their inspiring stories as well as recognize their incredible accomplishments.”

In addition to earning the chance to win the Grand Prize of $10,000 for the charity of their choice, Wells Fargo has pledged a $1,000 donation to each of the other 18 finalists’ charities.

“Wells Fargo recognizes the importance and impact of everyday community heroes, and we are proud to support and celebrate the 19 winners of the MLS WORKS Community MVP Award,” said Jamie Moldafsky, Wells Fargo Chief Marketing Officer. “When you think about a Community MVP, you think about someone that goes above and beyond to help better the world around them - whether large or small, these selfless efforts can make a huge difference in strengthening our communities.”

The following is a complete listing of the 19 finalists and the programs they represent.

CLICK HERE to read more about each finalist’s work in the community.

Club

Finalist

Program

Chicago Fire

Chip Huber

World Vision

Chivas USA

Sergio Gomez

Union Independiente Futbol Club

Colorado Rapids

Martin Richardson

Dawg Nation

Columbus Crew

Nick Wolak

Columbus Youth Guild

D.C. United

Anthony Barnes

Laurel Boys & Girls Club

FC Dallas

Andy Robinson

Fifty-Eight Foundation

Houston Dynamo

Leslie Atkinson

Dynamo Charities

Sporting Kansas City

Brandi Leggett

Active Readers program

LA Galaxy

Robert Arcos

Los Angeles Football Club Soccer Academy (LAFC)

Montreal Impact

Judy Yankowski

The Montreal SPVM World Cup of Soccer

New England Revolution

Malinda Williams

PASTA (Pro Athletic Soccer Training Academy)

New York Red Bulls

Elisabeth Cardiello

Peter Cardiello Scholarship Fund

Philadelphia Union

Brent Jacquette

Soccer for Success

Portland Timbers

Mark Hanken

Special Olympics Oregon

Real Salt Lake

Tyler Stockstill

Utah Development Academy (UDA)

San Jose Earthquakes

Lloyd Danon

Soccer Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Seattle Sounders FC

Terry Kegel

Right to Play

Toronto FC

Timothy Jansen

Woodstock Soccer Club (W.S.C)

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

William Yoachim

VI Coast Salish “Hope & Health”

About the MLS WORKS Community MVP Contest presented by Wells Fargo
Every year, MLS fans nominate outstanding individuals that promote goodwill, demonstrate leadership, and help to improve the lives of those living in their community. Of those candidates, 19 nominees are selected, one from each of the 19 clubs, as finalists to represent their MLS team in the MLS WORKS Community MVP Contest presented by Wells Fargo. The Grand Prize winner is determined by an online fan vote and is presented with a check during a recognition ceremony at halftime of the AT&T MLS All-Star Game.

Each nominee selected uses soccer as a tool to help make a positive impact in one or more of the following areas:

·         Social issues focusing on acceptance, equality and inclusion
·         Health issues affecting men, women or children
·         Community service for a local, national or international charity or community organization

About MLS WORKS
MLS WORKS is Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative dedicated to addressing important social issues and serves as a platform for both League and club philanthropic programs. MLS WORKS seeks to establish Major League Soccer as a leader for improving the lives of people through sport. For more information visit the website at www.MLSsoccer.com/mlsworks or follow us on Twitter (@MLSWORKS).

About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.5 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 locations, 12,500 ATMs, and the internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 29 on Fortune’s 2014 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives and stories are also available at blogs.wellsfargo.com and at wellsfargo.com/stories.