BBVA Compass, Houston Dynamo help Houston Food Bank prepare for hurricane season

- Volunteers finish disaster relief boxes during Houston Food Bank Challenge

- Dynamo players Ching and Boswell lead team of 60 volunteers

Jul 22, 2013, 15:00 ET from BBVA Compass

HOUSTON, July 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With weather forecasters predicting an active hurricane season, BBVA Compass and the Houston Dynamo on Monday teamed up during the Houston Food Bank Challenge to finish assembling disaster relief boxes.

About 60 volunteers — including Dynamo forward Brian Ching and defender Bobby Boswell, as well as BBVA Compass and Dynamo employees — helped the Houston Food Bank surpass its goal of 22,500 boxes. Last week, the Dynamo held a Twitter contest to pick 10 fans to participate in the event.

"With the recent tornadoes in North Texas and Oklahoma, we're reminded how important it is to be prepared if or when disaster strikes," said BBVA Compass Director of Corporate Responsibility and Reputation Reymundo Ocanas. "Now that we'rein the middle of hurricane season, we want to help the Houston Food Bank be ready to serve the community's needs during an emergency."

Last month, Houston was listed as the No. 5 city on The Weather Channel's list of the "10 Most Vulnerable and Overdue Hurricane Cities."

"The Dynamo is pleased to be partnering with BBVA Compass on another positive community initiative based around the Building a Better Houston campaign," said Dynamo President Chris Canetti. "We thank BBVA Compass for taking a leading role on this and are happy to support their efforts."

The event is a continuation of the bank's Building a Better Houston initiative with the Dynamo, launched last year before the opening of BBVA Compass Stadium. In May, the bank and the Dynamo renovated a home in Houston's East End as part of the initiative. For more information on the campaign, visit

About BBVA Group

BBVA Compass is a subsidiary of BBVA Compass Bancshares Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of BBVA (NYSE: BBVA) (MAD: BBVA). BBVA is a customer-centric global financial services group founded in 1857. The Group has a solid position in Spain, is the largest financial institution in Mexico, and has leading franchises in South America and the Sunbelt region of the United States. Its diversified business is geared toward high-growth markets and relies on technology as a key sustainable competitive advantage. Corporate responsibility is at the core of its business model. BBVA fosters financial education and inclusion, and supports scientific research and culture. It operates with the highest integrity, a long-term vision and applies best practices. More information about the BBVA Group can be found at

About BBVA Compass

BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 688 branches, including 352 in Texas, 90 in Alabama, 78 in Arizona, 64 in California, 45 in Florida, 38 in Colorado and 21 in New Mexico. BBVA Compass ranks among the top 25 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share and ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (2nd), Texas (4th) and Arizona (5th). BBVA Compass has been recognized as one of the leading Small Business Administration lenders. Additional information about BBVA Compass can be found at

Editor's Note: BBVA Compass is a trade name of Compass Bank.

About the Houston Dynamo

The Houston Dynamo are a Major League Soccer club that has won two MLS Cup championships and four conference championships in its first seven seasons and qualified to represent the United States in international competition six times, including the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League. The team currently trains in the Methodist Champions' Field at Houston Amateur Sports Park (HASP), the premier training facility in Southeast Texas, and plays at BBVA Compass Stadium in downtown Houston. For more information, log on to or call (713) 276-7500.