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FLEET BANK LAUNCHES STATEWIDE JIMMY FUND DRIVE

 FLEET BANK LAUNCHES STATEWIDE JIMMY FUND DRIVE
 BOSTON, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Fleet Bank of Massachusetts


recently launched a bank-wide promotion to raise money for the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Throughout September, every Fleet Bank branch in Massachusetts is selling chocolate bars to customers, employees and the general public, and is donating all proceeds to the Jimmy Fund. The candy bars, which sell for $1.00 each, are being promoted through counter cards and product displays in all 145 Fleet branches. To date, customer and employee response has been enthusiastic -- more than 15,000 candy bars were sold during the first few days of the program, raising more than $10,000.
 "This is the first time we have used the bank's retail branch network to raise funds for a charity," said Donna Brown Levy, vice president and manager of corporate communications of Fleet Bank of Massachusetts. "Because our branches are widely located throughout the Commonwealth and we have thousands of customers who could potentially support the candy bar drive, we expect the Jimmy Fund fund-raiser to be very successful.
 "In addition to raising money to support the worthwhile work of the Jimmy Fund, we are also educating our customers, employees and the general public about the important activities of this wonderful organization," Levy continued. "The Fleet Bank of Massachusetts/Jimmy Fund candy drive is the first of four centralized promotions the bank will sponsor this year.
 "We are delighted with the commitment of Fleet Bank to support The Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber," said Mike Andrews, executive director of The Jimmy Fund. "Fleet's ability to reach people throughout Massachusetts and raise funds for research and care of children and adults with cancer is much appreciated and we are grateful for the support of its employees in helping to make the program successful."
 In addition to sponsoring this month-long candy bar sale, Fleet Bank is a corporate sponsor of the fourth annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Marathon Walk, which takes place on Saturday, Oct. 3. The walk is the only event other than the Boston Marathon itself that is sanctioned by the Boston Athletic Association. Information on the Marathon Walk is available by calling 617-632-3300.
 The Jimmy Fund is the prime fund-raising arm of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and is supported by thousands of individuals, groups, members of the media and corporations throughout New England and beyond. This vast network of volunteers enables the Jimmy Fund to keep operating costs to a minimum, so that nearly 90 cents of every dollar contributed goes directly to cancer research and treatment and at the Institute.
 Fleet Bank of Massachusetts, with 145 banking offices and more than $7 billion in assets, is a subsidiary of Fleet Financial Group, a diversified services company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: FLT), with approximately 1,300 offices nationwide. Fleet's lines of business include commercial and consumer banking, mortgage banking, consumer finance, asset-based lending, investment management, and student loan processing.
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 /CONTACT: Donna Brown Levy, manager, corporate communications, 617-573-7346, or Meg Pier, 617-573-7733/
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