Western Union Honors Mother of the Year at Fonseca Concert, Awards $50,000 to Contest Winner

Western Union Honors Mother of the Year at Fonseca Concert, Awards $50,000 to Contest Winner

U.S. Serviceman Recognizes Mother for Lifelong Sacrifices

LOS ANGELES, May 07, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) — A mother’s love is universal and the ways to honor her on Mother’s Day are virtually endless. In recognition of the upcoming Mother’s Day celebrations throughout the world, The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) is honoring Beatriz Gamba, 72, a native of Colombia who lives in Boston, Mass. as the 2009 Western Union Mother of the Year.

“Whether you call your mother Mom, Mama or Mami, a mother’s love is understood in every language. Western Union knows that surprising Mom with cash, the perfect gift, will make the day extra special for any mother, anywhere,” said Victoria Lopez-Negrete, senior vice president product management, Western Union.

Rodrigo Gamba, 49, a U.S. Air Force chief master sergeant stationed in Peoria, Illinois, explained in his Western Union Mother of the Year Contest entry how his mother raised him, his sister and a mentally disabled brother, making great sacrifices to ensure that in spite of their humble beginnings they would have a better life.

“My mother’s love and devotion makes her the most amazing woman and mother I know,” said Gamba. “She suffered and persevered through insurmountable obstacles to make my sister and I who we are today; a testimony to her. She insisted that her children be educated and have the opportunities not available to her.”

Hispanic TV personality Ana Maria Canseco served in the panel of judges that selected Rodrigo Gamba’s entry as the Mother of the Year Contest winner.

“Beatriz’s story represents the struggles and sacrifices of many of our Hispanic mothers,” said Ana Maria Canseco. “I hope this prize money helps fulfill the dreams of both Rodrigo and his family, and that this Mother’s Day is unforgettable for Beatriz.”

The Gamba family will meet Latin Grammy Winner singer and songwriter Fonseca at 3:00 p.m. today at El Rey Theatre here, where Western Union is presenting the Fonseca Gratitur concert this evening.

Whether your mom lives around the corner or around the globe, a great way to send her the perfect gift of cash is through Western Union. In addition to the Mother of the Year Contest, Western Union consumers who send money from participating U.S. Agent locations by June 30 could also instantly win as much as four times the principal they send (up to $5,000). Senders may also receive discounts, including 50% off* their next qualifying Western Union(R) transaction. No purchase is necessary to enter or win. A transaction will not increase your chances of winning. Official rules are available at www.westernunion.com/giftrules.

“Each year, mothers look forward to getting cards, flowers and chocolates from their children on Mother’s Day. This year you can surprise and delight her with a gift that is totally unexpected, and one that will be wholeheartedly appreciated - the gift of cash,” added Lopez-Negrete.

The Western Union Company conducted the Mother of the Year Contest in April inviting U.S. residents to share their stories as to why their mothers deserved to be named the Western Union’s 2009 Mother of the Year, and receive a chance to win $50,000 cash.

* In addition to the transfer fee, Western Union also makes money when it changes your dollars into foreign currency.

About Western Union

The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) is a leader in global money transfer services. Together with its Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded money transfer services, Western Union provides consumers with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, as well as send payments and purchase money orders. It operates through a combined network of more than 379,000 Agent locations in 200 countries and territories. Famous for its pioneering telegraph services, the original Western Union dates back to 1851. For more information, visit www.westernunion.com.

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