From left to right: Patrick Del Real, Bull Canyon Run Athlete; Rudy Gutierrez, Operations Coordinator, NSBC Special Olympics; Ken George, Bull Canyon Race Director; Mitch Massey, Senior Vice President/Marketing; Tracy Griffard, South Broadway Office Branch Manager, Elizabeth Garza, Senior Vice President, Client Relationship Manager; Connie Luna, Town Center West Office Branch Manager; and Clarence Cabreros, Commercial Lending Group Manager.

Heritage Oaks Bank is pleased to announce they will, for the second year in a row, be the presenting sponsor of the Bull Canyon Run on May 14, 2011.

“Heritage Oaks Bank makes a commitment to lend support to events and causes that define community,” says Mitch Massey, Senior Vice President/Marketing, Heritage Oaks Bank. “The Bull Canyon Run defines Santa Maria and Central Coast involvement. Our entire organization is excited about our participation in this marquee event for the community,” adds   Massey.

The Bull Canyon Run started in 1995 with a total of 95 runners and raised $3,000. Today, the event has over 1,100 runners and has risen over $107,000. All proceeds from this event support the Santa Barbara County Special Olympics.

For those interested in participating in the Bull Canyon Run event, you can register at any Heritage Oaks Bank in Santa Maria or online at www.Active.com. The registration deadline is May 12, 2011.

The Bank’s theme of community involvement does not stop with the Bull Canyon Run. In recent years, the Bank has been a presenting sponsor of the Heritage Oaks Bank Family Fun Day and Fun Run, the San Luis Obispo Triathlon and the Straight Down Golf Tournament. In addition, Heritage Oaks Bank sponsors a racing team at the Santa Maria Speedway.

For more information about the Bull Canyon Run, please visit www.bcrun.org.

“Expect More” Dedication

Celebrating 28 years of dedicated service, Heritage Oaks Bancorp (NASDAQ: HEOP), is the holding company for Heritage Oaks Bank which operates as Heritage Oaks Bank and Business First, a division of Heritage Oaks Bank. Heritage Oaks Bank has its headquarters plus one additional branch in Paso Robles, two branch offices in San Luis Obispo, single branch offices in Cambria, Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, San Miguel, Templeton and Morro Bay and three branch offices in Santa Maria. Heritage Oaks Bank conducts commercial banking business in San Luis Obispo County and Northern Santa Barbara County. The Business First division has two branch offices in Santa Barbara. Expect More and learn more by visiting www.heritageoaksbank.com.

“Expect More” Value

Our “‘Expect More” commitment is to serve the best interest of our customers and employees with a genuine personal connection. This daily commitment has established Heritage Oaks Bank and Business First Bank, a division of Heritage Oaks Bank, as the largest publicly owned and operated community banking organization on the Central Coast.

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