Make The BMO Harris Bank Annual Holiday Display Part of Your Holiday Tradition

Make The BMO Harris Bank Annual Holiday Display Part of Your Holiday Tradition

Donations made to Feeding America for every visitor to "Holiday Junction"

PR Newswire

MILWAUKEE, Nov. 23, 2012

MILWAUKEE, Nov. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --BMO Harris Bank is pleased to
announce this year's annual holiday display theme, Holiday Junction, which
will feature BMO's collection of more than 150 life-sized, costumed
animals.Celebrating its 40^th year, a train-themed winter wonderland will
pull into the downtown Milwaukee lobby just in time to spread some holiday
cheer.The display is free and open to the public.

For each visitor to the display, BMO Harris Bank will contribute $5 to Feeding
America Eastern Wisconsin, the leading domestic hunger relief charity in the
nation. The holiday display donations will help Feeding America in its efforts
to prevent hunger and malnutrition by working with food banks across the
nation and engaging the community to act to achieve a hunger-free America. 

"For many families, our holiday display has long been a celebration of a warm
and memorable family tradition, and this year, we're proud to continue the
addition of a charitable experience that will help those in need of food
during the holiday season," said Brad Chapin, Executive Vice President,
Personal Banking, BMO Harris Bank.

"By including a donation for those who might be struggling during the holiday
season, BMO Harris Bank has evolved its great tradition to help families and
visitors give back to the community even more," said Bonnie Bellehumeur,
Executive Director of Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.

This year celebrates the 40^th year of this annual tradition of bringing the
sights and sounds of the holidays to BMO Harris Bank customers and the
community. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, BMO Harris employee volunteers will
transform the downtown bank's lobby into the 1,300-square-foot display with
more than 20 freshly cut evergreen trees, thousands of lights, and several
feet of "snow."

Display hours:
BMO Harris Bank's Holiday Display, located in the lobby of the BMO Harris
location at 770 N. Water St., will be open from Monday, Nov. 26, through
Wednesday, Jan. 2. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. On
weekends, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day, the display will be open from 9
a.m. to 4 p.m.

Special Note: The lobby will close at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 and Monday,
Dec. 24; and at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19 and Wednesday, Jan. 2.

Please also visit for hours and directions.

Display history
The BMO Harris Bank (formerly M&I) holiday collection of animals began in
1972, when 30 life-sized Steiff animals were discovered at the world's largest
toy store, FAO Schwartz in New York City. BMO Harris's collection of Steiff
animals has steadily grown to more than 150. Steiff animals are collectors'
items originally made in Germany by Margarete Steiff, who hand-stitched the
first tiny elephant and stuffed it with straw. Many of the figures are no
longer being made. The world-renowned Steiff Company made the original teddy
bear in 1903.

Over the past 40 years, BMO Harris's Holiday Displays have included a fishing
tugboat, a Victorian park, an igloo at the North Pole, a Yukon train, an ice
palace, a candy factory, and 1950s nostalgia featuring antique Harley-Davidson

About BMO Harris Bank
Based in Chicago, BMO Harris Bank N.A. 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. Deposit and loan products and services provided by
BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. BMO Harris BankSM is a trade name used by
BMO Harris Bank N.A. BMO Harris Bank is part of BMO Financial Group, a North
American financial organization with 1,600 branches, and a retail deposit base
of approximately $180 billion.

SOURCE BMO Harris Bank

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