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Citizens Bank invites Phillies fans to celebrate the Phillie Phanatic’s Birthday

Fans invited to sign the Phillie Phanatic’s birthday card in-person and virtually using the #Phanaticbday hashtag; fans 14 and under to receive free Phanatic banks at April 29 game

PHILADELPHIA (April 24, 2012) - Citizens Bank, Official Bank of the Phillies, invites Phillies fans to join in the celebration of the Phillie Phanatic’s birthday through a series of special activities this week. The Phillie Phanatic made his debut at Veterans Stadium 34 years ago on April 25, 1978.

“The Phillie Phanatic is an icon in the Philadelphia sports scene, and is recognized as one of the most beloved mascots in all of sports,” said Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, President & CEO of Citizens Bank and RBS Citizens for Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. “He has delighted fans and cheered on the team for the past 34 years. We are excited to sponsor his celebration, and we encourage Phillies fans to help make this his best birthday yet.”

Fans are invited to visit several locations to sign an oversized birthday card, which will be presented to the Phillie Phanatic before his birthday celebration game on Sunday, April 29. Signing locations include:

Wednesday, April 25
The Market & Shops at Comcast Center
1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Philadelphia
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

*Thursday, April 26
Citizens Bank
2030 Route 70 West, Cherry Hill, NJ
5 to 6 p.m.
*This signing includes a special guest appearance from Phillies legend Greg “The Bull” Luzinski and Citizens Bank Ballpark Bankers (appearances subject to change). One card signer from this location will be selected to throw out the first pitch at the Phanatic’s birthday celebration on Sunday, April 29.

Friday, April 27
Citizens Bank
1501 N. Broad Street – Progress Plaza, Philadelphia
4 to 5:30 p.m.

*Saturday, April 28
Majestic Clubhouse Store – Phanatic Attic
Citizens Bank Park
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

*Phillies game ticketholders only.

Fans unable to attend the in-person signings are encouraged to use the Twitter hashtag #Phanaticbday to share their birthday wishes, and receive updates throughout the week on facebook.com/citizensbank and twitter.com/citizensbank

The birthday game on April 29, 2012, includes a series of special surprises and activities in tribute to the Phanatic, including the presentation of the signed card. Trivia questions about the Phillie Phanatic will be featured on the Citizens Bank Phan Trivia Challenge in Ashburn Alley. Fans attending the game can participate for free. In addition, all ticketed fans 14 and under will receive a Citizens Bank Phanatic Birthday bank. Please visit phillies.com for ticket information.

About Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania
Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania is a state-chartered bank with dual headquarters in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. It has 385 branches and 1,023 ATMs throughout Pennsylvania. It also operates 13 retail branches and 107 ATMs in southern New Jersey, and a commercial loan office and 20 ATMs 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 3,900 ATMs, and approximately 19,700 colleagues. 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 more than 30 states. CFG is owned by RBS (the Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc). CFG’s website is citizensbank.com