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Everett Dance Theatre named Champion in Action in Rhode Island in the youth programming category

Nonprofit agency receives unrestricted $25,000 grant, PR and volunteer support

Providence, R.I.        (January 26, 2009) - Citizens Bank, Rhode Island and NBC10 today named Everett Dance Theatre in Providence as their 2009 first quarter Champion in Action® in the youth programming category. As part of the award, Everett Dance Theatre will receive a $25,000 grant, media coverage and extensive promotional and volunteer support for its outstanding work.

Founded in 1986, Everett Dance Theatre serves as the core of several interconnected programs that offer underserved middle and high school youth the opportunity to develop professional level artistic skills.  Many students are actively involved within their communities through teaching and performing at schools throughout the metropolitan Providence area and beyond.  Everett Dance Theatre trains more than 150 youth annually.

“Citizens Bank is pleased to name Everett Dance Theatre as the newest Champion in Action in the youth programming category,” said Joseph J. MarcAurele, President, Citizens Bank, Rhode Island. “Everett Dance Theatre makes the arts accessible to youth through its free after school classes and engages these youth in their communities through teaching and performing.”

“NBC10 applauds Everett Theatre’s exceptional work with the youth of Providence. By providing a platform for our youth to showcase their talents, Everett Dance Theatre is providing an invaluable service to our community,” said Lisa Churchville, President and General Manager of NBC10.

Champions in Action is a joint initiative of Citizens Bank and NBC10, launched six years ago, to recognize and support nonprofit organizations for their contributions to Rhode Island communities. A new Champion in Action is selected each quarter among a range of social service topics.

Prior Rhode Island Champions in Action to date include: Bayside Family Healthcare in North Kingstown; the House of Hope in Warwick; The Providence Black Repertory Company in Providence; the Woonsocket Neighborhood Development Corporation in Woonsocket; McAuley House in Providence; TechACCESS in Warwick; Sojourner House in Providence; Pawtucket Citizens Development Corporation in Pawtucket; Rhode Island Free Clinic in Providence; The Genesis Center in Providence; the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown; New Urban Arts in Providence; West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation in Providence; Tides Family Services located throughout the state; Community MusicWorks in Providence; the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Newport, Welcome House of South County in South Kingstown’s Peace Dale neighborhood; Franklin Court Independent Living in Bristol; RiverzEdge Arts Project in Woonsocket; Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council in Providence; The Institute for the Study and Practice for Nonviolence in Providence; Church Community Housing Corporation in Newport; Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island in Providence; Youth in Action in Providence; and the Molar Express in Cranston.   

Everett Dance Theatre is being recognized for its:
• Nationally-recognized work in science, art education and conflict resolution.
• Everett’s award-winning Friday Night Live improv comedy troupe.
• Changing lives through youth involvement in the arts.

As a Champion in Action, Everett Dance Theatre will receive:
• A $25,000 contribution in unrestricted funds from Citizens Bank.
• Media coverage from NBC10, including public service announcements and television profiles.
• Volunteer support from Citizens and NBC10 employees.
• Extensive public relations support.
• Promotional support, highlighting the “Champion in Action” in all Citizens Bank branches and on its ATMs.
• Exposure on both Citizens Bank and NBC10 Web sites.

Perhaps the greatest outcome of Everett's programs is the youth that now have a voice in our community. Our students develop a passionate interest in looking at our societal problems head on and are engaged in teaching and performing for audiences throughout the region,” said Aaron Jungels, Everett Dance Theatre Co-Founder. “It is with deep gratitude that Everett Dance Theatre accepts the Champions in Action award from Citizens Bank and NBC10. This award will help us continue to develop these diverse young artists.”

To learn more about how to contribute through donations or volunteerism to Everett Dance Theatre call (401) 831-9479.

About Citizens Bank

Citizens Bank is a division of RBS Citizens, N.A., operating its seven-state branch network in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. It has 77 branches and 148 ATMs in Rhode Island.

RBS Citizens, N.A. is a subsidiary of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $160 billion commercial bank holding company headquartered in Providence, R.I. CFG’s two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a 13-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, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. CFG has non-branch retail and commercial offices in about 40 states. It is one of the 10 largest commercial banking companies in the United States ranked by assets and deposits. CFG is owned by RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc). 

About NBC 10

WJAR-TV/DT is the most watched television station in the Providence-New Bedford television market and NBC 10 News is Southern New England’s leading news station. WJAR was first launched as a radio station in 1922 and then became the market’s first television station in 1949. WJAR-TV/DT is owned by Media General, Inc.

About Media General

Media General is a multimedia company operating leading newspapers, television stations and online enterprises primarily in the Southeastern United States. The company’s publishing assets include three metropolitan newspapers, The Tampa Tribune, Richmond Times-Dispatch, and Winston-Salem Journal; 22 daily community newspapers in Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Alabama and South Carolina; and more than 150 weekly newspapers and other publications. The company’s broadcasting assets currently include 30 network-affiliated television stations that reach more than 33 percent of the television households in the Southeast and more than 10 percent of those in the United States. The company’s interactive media assets include more than 75 online enterprises that are associated with its newspapers and television stations. Media General also owns a 33 percent interest in SP Newsprint Company, a manufacturer of recycled newsprint.