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Citizens Bank kicks off 2009 Penn State University booster button contest

Competition now in its 37th year

State College, Pa.          (April 2, 2009) - Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania today announced the kickoff of the bank’s 37th annual Penn State University booster 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 37th year, the button program still captures fans’ imaginations, while the contest challenges their wits.”

Each fall, Citizens Bank distributes free booster buttons in central Pennsylvania. Every week there is a unique slogan for the upcoming Nittany Lion football rivalry. Initiated in 1972, the button program has expanded over the years to include the spring public slogan contest and the single-season programs for other Penn State sports teams. In 2008, Citizens Bank received more than 2,000 slogan submissions and distributed more than 270,900 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 beginning on April 2, 2009.

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 2009 Penn State Football Schedule:
September 5  Akron (Zips)   Home
September 12  Syracuse (Orange)  Home
September 19  Temple (Owls)   Home
September 26  Iowa (Hawkeyes)  Home
October 3  Illinois (Fighting Illini)  Away
October 10  Eastern Illinois (Panthers) Home
October 17  Minnesota (Gophers)  Home
October 24  Michigan (Wolverines) Away
October 31  Northwestern (Wildcats) Away
November 7  Ohio State (Buckeyes) Home
November 14  Indiana (Hoosiers)  Home
November 21  Michigan State (Spartans) Away

About Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania

Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania is a state-chartered bank with dual headquarters in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. It has approximately 400 branches and more than 660 ATMs throughout Pennsylvania. It also operates 15 retail branches and 61 ATMs in southern New Jersey and a commercial loan office in Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $160 billion commercial bank holding company headquartered in Providence, R.I.

Citizens Financial Group, through its subsidiaries, has more than 1,600 branches, approximately 3,700 ATMs and has 24,000 employees. 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 as of September 30, 2008.