September 3, 2008

West Coast Bank Will Join With Other Business Leaders in Sponsoring the Heart of Doernbecher Auction at the Oregon Convention Center October 18, 2008


Contact: Xandra T. McKeown, Executive Vice President of Commercial Banking, +1-503-598-3251, for West Coast Bancorp

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore., Sept. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- For the eighth consecutive year West Coast Bank will partner with other leading businesses and individuals to sponsor the Heart of Doernbecher Auction, which has raised over $2.5 million for the children of Doernbecher since 1998. The black tie event will be held at the Oregon Convention Center, October 18, 2008, beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Money raised at this year's auction will go toward a much-needed pediatric emergency department renovation. The renovation will create a pediatric-friendly department and the only emergency facility in Oregon and southwest Washington staffed 24/7/365 by board-certified pediatric emergency department physicians and pediatric nurses.

West Coast Bank's Executive Vice President of Commercial Banking Xandra McKeown serves as President of the Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation. She said, "West Coast Bank proudly sponsors activities that help the communities we serve and it is a joy to support a dedicated pediatric hospital and academic health center of Doernbecher's distinction."

Sue Nicol, Executive Director of Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation, said, "West Coast Bank and the other business leaders who will partner to sponsor the 2008 Heart of Doernbecher Auction will provide immeasurable benefit to tens of thousands of children in Oregon and Southwest Washington. We are most grateful to West Coast Bank and our other civic leaders who, so graciously, are sponsoring this event."

With nationally recognized programs in pediatric heart surgery, neurosurgery, cancer, diabetes and metabolic diseases, Doernbecher Children's Hospital provides primary and specialized care to more than 56,500 children each year from Oregon, Southwest Washington, and beyond. As part of OHSU, the state's only academic medical center, Doernbecher combines healing, teaching, discovery and outreach in its mission to improve the health of all children. For donation information, contact the Doernbecher Foundation at 503.294.7101 or 1.800.800.9583.

For more information, see: heart_of_doernbecher/index.cfm

West Coast Bancorp, (Nasdaq: WCBO), one of Oregon Business Magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For, is a Northwest bank holding company with $2.6 billion in assets, operating 64 offices in Oregon and Washington. The company combines the sophisticated products and expertise of larger banks with the local decision making, market knowledge and customer service of a community bank. For more information, visit the Company's web site at http://

SOURCE West Coast Bancorp

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