SOURCE: Charter One

May 12, 2008 10:25 ET

Charter One's Making Music Matter Program Is Sounding Good to the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

$200,000 Gift and Donations Collected at Charter One Pavilion Will Benefit Children in Chicago's Most Challenged Neighborhoods

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - May 12, 2008) - Charter One announced today the continuation of its successful "Making Music Matter" program at the Charter One Pavilion for the 2008 concert season. Now in its third year, Making Music Matter is the bank's program focused on raising awareness, visibility and financial support for nonprofit organizations throughout the Chicago area.

For this year's Making Music Matter, Charter One has partnered with the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago to help support the YMCA's Community Schools initiative, an innovative collaboration with Chicago Public Schools and other organizations. In the Chicago area's most challenged neighborhoods, the Community Schools initiative helps to address the need for keeping kids safe and families productively engaged by providing educational, supervised programming focused on positive development for more than 600 children.

Charter One kicked off this year's partnership with a $200,000 charitable gift to enable the continuation of the Community Schools initiative into the summer months -- a critical time for ensuring the safety of our youth. This commitment positions Charter One as the lead corporate supporter of the YMCA's Community Schools initiative.

"Recent headlines underscore the importance of having programs like the YMCA's Community Schools available for children while schools are closed for the summer," said Stephen S. Cole, President and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. "We are extremely grateful for Charter One's corporate leadership through both their generous grant and in naming the YMCA as their Making Music Matter partner for the 2008 concert season. We commend the bank for its resounding commitment to keeping hundreds of at-risk children safe this summer."

Making Music Matter launches in conjunction with the first concert of the year -- May 22 featuring Stone Temple Pilots -- and continues at every Charter One Pavilion concert throughout the 2008 season. At the concerts, Charter One's employees volunteer their time to be on site collecting donations from concert attendees.

The public may also make contributions to the Making Music Matter program at any of the 120 Charter One branch locations throughout the Chicago area.

"As one of the oldest and largest social services agencies in the Chicago area, the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago has been an innovator and leader in providing family and child services for 150 years. In support of this important anniversary milestone, Charter One is proud to lead the support of the Community Schools initiative," said Scott C. Swanson, President and CEO of Charter One.

"During this critical timeframe, we encourage individuals, organizations and corporations to join our efforts this summer to provide a safe, supervised environment for the children who need it the most," Swanson said.

This is the third consecutive year that Charter One's Making Music Matter program has raised money for nonprofit organizations working to improve the lives of Chicago's neediest. Since its inception, Charter One's Making Music Matter has helped generate more than $200,000 for charitable and nonprofit organizations throughout the Chicago area.

Other Making Music Matter concerts at the Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island are:

--  Phil Lesh and Friends, June 13
--  Stevie Nicks, June 14
--  Chicago and The Doobie Brothers, June 20
--  Al Green, July 12
--  Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band, July 13
--  Yes, July 18
--  Umphrey's McGee & STS, July 19
--  John Mellencamp, July 22
--  O.A.R., July 24
    

Additional performances will be added throughout the summer season.

The five YMCA Community Schools are:

--  Whistler Community School, 11533 S. Ada
--  Libby Community School, 5300 S. Loomis Blvd.
--  Ryerson Community School, 646 N. Lawndale
--  Morton Career Academy/21st Century Learning Center, 151 N. Troy
--  LEARN Charter School, 1132 S. Homan
    

About Charter One

Charter One is a division of RBS Citizens, N.A., operating in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. It has 466 branches and more than 760 ATMs. It has 121 branches and 352 ATMs in Illinois. Charter One's Web site is www.charterone.com.

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). CFG's Web site is www.citizensbank.com.

About the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

Through its 65 locations and more than 100 extension sites, the YMCA helps children learn and grow, teaches young people to lead, brings families closer, and encourages individual health and well-being. The fourth largest non-profit in Chicago and one of the largest human services organizations in the nation, YMCA programs impact hundreds of thousands of lives annually, helping to strengthen neighborhoods and respond to community needs across Chicagoland. To learn more about the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, visit www.ymcachgo.org.

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