MoneyGram Pledges Donation to American Red Cross for Transactions Sent to Areas Affected by Hurricane Sandy

  MoneyGram Pledges Donation to American Red Cross for Transactions Sent to
  Areas Affected by Hurricane Sandy

  Select agents including ACE Cash Express and Advance America Cash Advance
             Centers to partner with MoneyGram on Relief efforts

Business Wire

DALLAS -- November 06, 2012

In support of Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts, MoneyGram (NYSE:MGI), a
leading global money transfer company, announced today a series of measures to
help the American Red Cross relief services. MoneyGram will make a $1 donation
per transaction up to $200,000 to the American Red Cross for each money
transfer sent in November to areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

Select MoneyGram U.S. network agents, including ACE Cash Express and Advance
America, will join the company in matching an additional dollar for each
qualifying money transfer made from their locations to the affected areas,
which include New Jersey, Southern New York, Connecticut and Eastern

MoneyGram is also waiving the transaction fee for customers who make donations
to the American Red Cross using its ExpressPayment® service.

“During a crisis, every minute and every dollar count. Our goal is to make it
easier to send money to the areas impacted most by Hurricane Sandy,” said
Pamela Patsley, chairman and CEO, MoneyGram. “We are working closely with the
American Red Cross and our U.S. agents to ensure money sent to this area will
quickly and reliably get to the people who need it most.”

The series of relief measures are effective immediately and will extend
through Friday, Nov. 30. To send money to a person in need, go to any of our
284,000 MoneyGram agent locations or to

Donations to the American Red Cross can be made at any MoneyGram location or
via online by providing the following billing code #3825 to waive the
transaction fee.

About MoneyGram

MoneyGram, a leading global money transfer company, enables consumers who are
not fully served by traditional financial institutions to meet their financial
needs. MoneyGram offers money transfer services worldwide and bill payment
services in the United States and Canada through a global network of more than
284,000 agent locations—including retailers, international post offices and
financial institutions—in 196 countries and territories around the world. To
learn more about money transfer or bill payment at an agent location or
online, please visit or connect with us on Facebook.

About ACE Cash Express

ACE Cash Express, Inc. is a leading retailer of financial services, including
short-term consumer loans, check cashing, bill payment and prepaid debit card
services. ACE is the largest owner and operator of check cashing stores in the
United States and the second largest owner and operator of short-term consumer
loan stores in the United States. ACE focuses on serving consumers, many of
whom seek alternatives to traditional banking relationships in order to gain
convenient and immediate access to financial services. For additional
information about ACE Cash Express, visit
ACE Cash Express on Twitter
ACE Cash Express on Facebook

About Advance America, Cash Advance Centers, Inc.

Founded in 1997, Advance America is one of the leading providers of consumer
financial services in the United States, with approximately 2,400 centers in
29 states. Advance America offers convenient, less-costly credit options to
consumers whose needs are not met by traditional financial institutions.
Advance America is a founding member of the Community Financial Services
Association of America (CFSA), whose mission is to promote laws that provide
substantive consumer protections and to encourage responsible industry
practices. Advance America is a wholly owned subsidiary of Grupo Elektra, one
of the largest Latin American providers of banking services, consumer finance
and specialty retailing. Please visit ( for more


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