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Citizens Bank kicks off 2011 Penn State University button contest

Competition now in its 39th year

State College, Pa. (April 19, 2011)  Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania today announced the kickoff of the bank’s 39th annual Penn State University button contest. The contest allows Penn State fans of all ages to submit slogans for any or all of the 12 Nittany Lion football games (listed below) as well as the slogans for Penn State’s men’s basketball, Lady Lion basketball, wrestling, ice hockey and volleyball seasons.

“Citizens Bank is proud to be part of Penn State’s long and illustrious athletic tradition,” said Ralph J. Papa, Chairman of Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania and a Penn State alumnus. “Now in its 39th year, the button program still captures fans’ imaginations, while the contest challenges their wits.”

Each fall, free buttons with a unique slogan for the upcoming Nittany Lion football rivalries are distributed weekly at Citizens Bank branch locations in central Pennsylvania. Fans also have the option of purchasing a complete set, which includes a bowl game button, for $10. Button sale proceeds are awarded to a local non-profit each year. Initiated in 1972, the Penn State Button program has expanded over the years to include the single-season programs for other Penn State sports teams. In 2010, Citizens Bank received more than 2,500 slogan submissions and distributed more than 275,000 buttons during the season.

Fans interested in participating in the slogan contest may pick up an entry form at Citizens Bank locations in Centre, Blair and Mifflin counties. Entries must be submitted by May 6 to be considered. Winning slogans, chosen by representatives of Penn State and Citizens Bank, will be selected based on wit, originality and brevity. Winners are expected to be announced in June and will receive $25 for each winning entry.

The 2011 Penn State Football Schedule:
September 3 Indiana State (Sycamores) Home
September 10 Alabama (Crimson Tide) Home
September 17 Temple (Owls) Away
September 24 Eastern Michigan (Eagles) Home
October 1 Indiana (Hoosiers) Away
October 8 Iowa (Hawkeyes) Home
October 15 Purdue (Boilermakers) Home
October 22 Northwestern (Wildcats) Away
October 29 Illinois (Fighting Illini) Home
November 5 OPEN
November 12 Nebraska (Huskers) Home
November 19 Ohio State (Buckeyes) Away
November 26 Wisconsin (Badgers) Away

About Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania
Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania is a state-chartered bank with dual headquarters in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. It has 383 branches and 651 ATMs throughout Pennsylvania. It also operates 15 retail branches and 66 ATMs in southern New Jersey and a commercial loan office in Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $130 billion commercial bank holding company headquartered in Providence, R.I.

Citizens Financial Group, through its subsidiaries, has more than 1,500 branches, and approximately 3,500 ATMs and approximately 22,700 employees. CFG’s two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a 12-state branch network under the Citizens Bank brand in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the Charter One brand in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. CFG has non-branch retail and commercial offices in about 40 states. CFG is owned by RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc)..