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Citizens Bank-sponsored pep rally draws hundreds of fans to kick off World Series in Philadelphia

Mayor Nutter, Phillie Phanatic, exuberant fans cheer for “Fightin’ Phils”


PHILADELPHIA   (October 26, 2009) – Hundreds of fans gathered at City Hall today to cheer the World series-bound Philadelphia Phillies at a Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania-sponsored pep rally.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Citizens Bank President and CEO Daniel K. Fitzpatrick were joined by Phillies President and CEO David Montgomery, General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and former Phillies catcher Darren Daulton at the noontime Dilworth Plaza rally. With just two days before the Phillies play the New York Yankees in Game One of the World Series, the Phillie Phanatic and musical group Whiz Kids entertained the crowd as Citizens Bank’s Ballpark Bankers distributed “Go Phillies” posters, rally towels and Phanatic whammy hands. 

“We had so much fun with our pep rally last year, that Citizens Bank is delighted to sponsor another rally to cheer on the Fightin’ Phils,” said Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, Citizens Bank President and CEO for Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. “Like Philadelphia, the Phillies are playing with lots of heart. Another trip to the World Series is great for the team, great for the city of Philadelphia and great for Citizens Bank.”

The Phillies and the Yankees begin the series Wednesday, October 28 but it comes to Citizens Bank Park Saturday, October 31 thru Monday, November 2.  According to the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Phillies’ second World Series appearance will bring a $10 million to $12 million boost to the region’s economy.

“The World Series will once again bring national attention to Philadelphia and to the Phillies and we know our city will shine,” said Mayor Nutter. “I want to thank Citizens Bank for stepping up to the plate to sponsor this rally and for being a great corporate citizen.”

The Phillie Phanatic brought the crowd to a boil by joining the rally and delighted the crowd with his trademark dancing and antics. Phillies Announcer Dan Baker led the crowd in cheering “Let’s Go Phillies.”

About Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania

Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania is a state-chartered bank with dual headquarters in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. It has 367 branches and 648 ATMs throughout Pennsylvania. It also operates 15 retail branches and 64 ATMs in southern New Jersey and a commercial loan office in Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $153 billion commercial bank holding company headquartered in Providence, R.I.

Citizens Financial Group, through its subsidiaries, has 1,480 branches, and approximately 3,600 ATMs and approximately 23,000 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. It is one of the 10 largest commercial banking companies in the United States ranked by assets as of June 30, 2009. CFG is owned by RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc).