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August 28, 2013 13:30 ET

BMO Harris Bank to Sponsor Milwaukee Ballet's "The Nutcracker"

$50,000 Sponsorship Gift to Ensure a Beloved, Long-Time Holiday Tradition Continues

MILWAUKEE, WI--(Marketwired - Aug 28, 2013) - BMO Harris Bank announced today a "holiday gift to Milwaukee" in the form of a sponsorship of Milwaukee Ballet's "The Nutcracker," a long-time holiday tradition that will present its 43rd annual performance to the community this holiday season.

Widely anticipated year after year as the premier, family-friendly holiday tradition in Milwaukee, "The Nutcracker," sponsored by BMO Harris Bank and presented by The Joan, Jack and Victor Stein Foundation, will premiere on Saturday, Dec. 14 and run through Dec. 27.

"We feel it's very important for all of us to recognize the significance of family traditions, and the arts which serve as important foundations for strong communities," said Kara Kaiser, regional president of BMO Harris Bank. "Through our support of Milwaukee Ballet, we are proud to ensure that many families in our community will be able to enjoy the 'The Nutcracker' production this year."

"We are thrilled that BMO Harris shares our commitment to the arts and is dedicated to keeping 'The Nutcracker' accessible to families throughout Southeastern Wisconsin," said Dennis Buehler, executive director of Milwaukee Ballet. "We can't wait for the curtain to rise this holiday season."

The sponsorship announcement was made at Red Arrow Park today as community members, families, arts supporters and members of the business community gathered to celebrate BMO Harris Bank's support of this beloved holiday tradition in Milwaukee.

The sponsorship announcement comes just in time for Milwaukee Ballet's "The Nutcracker" Three-Day Sale, September 9 through 11, during which members of the public can buy one ticket and get one half-off.

For more information on BMO Harris, please visit www.bmoharris.com.

For more information on performance dates and times for "The Nutcracker," please visit http://www.milwaukeeballet.org/performances.

About Milwaukee Ballet
Founded in 1970, Milwaukee Ballet strives to inspire its audiences to think within and beyond traditional ballet through the presentation of quality performances and the implementation of educational opportunities. Milwaukee Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy are recognized among the top companies in the nation. Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy is the only professional dance school in the Midwest accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance. With an annual operating budget of more than $5.5 million, Milwaukee Ballet presents more than 40 performances to more than 50,000 people each year. Its resident company includes 24 professional dancers along with 20 trainees in the Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II Program and is one of the few dance companies in the country to maintain its own symphony orchestra. Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy, the official school of the Ballet, has an enrollment of nearly 1000 students at three locations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. Milwaukee Ballet's Community Outreach programs are offered year-round through hands-on workshops, original children's productions and a student matinee series serving more than 30,000 people each year.

About BMO Harris Bank
BMO Harris Bank provides a broad range of personal banking products and solutions through over 600 branches and approximately 1,300 ATMs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Nevada, Arizona and Florida. BMO Harris Bank's commercial banking team provides a combination of sector expertise, local knowledge and mid-market focus throughout the U.S. For more information about BMO Harris Bank, go to the company fact sheet. Banking deposit and loan products are provided by BMO Harris Bank N.A. and are subject to bank and credit approval. BMO Harris® and BMO Harris Bank® are trade names used by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. BMO Harris Bank is part of BMO Financial Group, a North American financial organization with approximately 1,600 branches, and approximately $555 billion in assets (as of April 30, 2013).

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