Fifth Third Bank Chicago Recognizes Black History Month By Honoring The Contributions Of Prominent Chicagoans

   Fifth Third Bank Chicago Recognizes Black History Month By Honoring The
                    Contributions Of Prominent Chicagoans

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Feb. 6, 2013

CHICAGO, Feb. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --In recognition of Black History Month,
Fifth Third Bank Chicago will honor several well-known Chicagoans for their
positive and meaningful contributions to the community:


  oPastor Corey B. Brooks
  oJohnson Publishing Company / The Johnson Family
  oIllinois Secretary of State Jesse White

The honorees will be feted at a special event on February 27 at the Chicago
History Museum. Each honoree will receive a crystal award and a namesake
$5,300 scholarship that will be awarded this spring to a local high school
senior for his/her first year of college. The scholarships are intended to
"pay it forward" in the spirit of the honoree.

"For Fifth Third Bank, diversity and inclusion is a business imperative," said
Nicole Johnson-Scales, senior vice president, community development, Fifth
Third Bank Chicago. "We take tremendous pride in recognizing the many
achievements of African-Americans to our nation, our city and society during
the month. Through our sponsorship of on-air vignettes and special events, we
hope to bring individuals, families, business and civic leaders and Fifth
Third employees together in celebration."

About Pastor Corey B. Brooks
Pastor Brooks is founder of New Beginnings Church of Chicago and a
businessman, philanthropist, mentor and visionary. Pastor Brooks is
well-known for having lived on the roof of an abandoned motel for 94 days and
for having walked across the U.S. in over four months – both acts inspired to
raise awareness for the senseless gun violence in Chicago as well as to help
raise funds for a much-needed community center. Pastor Brooks lives by the
creed "it's time for us to stop ganging up on each other and start ganging up
on the problem!" He is a graduate of Ball State University and Grace
Theological Seminary.

About The Johnson Publishing Company / The Johnson Family
John H. and Eunice W. Johnson built an empire in Chicago that includes
"EBONY," "JET" and Fashion Fair Cosmetics. Today, "Ebony" and "Jet" are the
No. 1 and No. 3 most popular magazines among black Americans, with a combined
readership of over 25 million. Linda Johnson Rice, chairman of Johnson
Publishing Company (JPC), continues the legacy established by her parents by
maintaining JPC's position as a Black-owned company. The Johnson family
continues to make an indelible mark in Chicago and throughout the world,
positively impacting the worlds of journalism and fashion. The Johnson
family's commitment to helping others is evident in so many ways including
raising more than $55 million for African American charitable organizations
across the country; with special interest in supporting educational
initiatives – scholarships, corporate internships and the Johnson College Prep
school in Chicago.

About The Honorable Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State
Jesse White is Illinois' 37th Secretary of State, overseeing the largest and
most diverse office of its kind in the nation and providing more direct
services to the people of Illinois than any other public agency. Prior to his
election as Secretary of State, White served as Cook County Recorder of Deeds
and before that, spent 16 years in the Illinois General Assembly, representing
the most culturally, economically and racially diverse district in Illinois.
Secretary White's most enduring legacy is as founder of the internationally
known Jesse White Tumbling Team, which serves as a positive alternative for
children residing in and around the Chicago area. Since its inception in 1959,
more than 13,500 young men and women have performed with the team. White has
spent 53 years working as a volunteer with the team to help kids stay away
from gangs, drugs, alcohol and smoking, and to help set at-risk youth on the
path to success. The program has received international praise and performs
all over the world, including at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration. Secretary
White served our country as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne
Division and as a member of the Illinois National Guard and Reserve. He played
professional baseball with the Chicago Cubs organization, which was followed
by a 33-year career with the Chicago public school system as a teacher and

About Fifth Third Bank
Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered
in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Company has $122 billion in assets and operates 18
affiliates with 1,325 full-service Banking Centers, including 106 Bank Mart®
locations open seven days a week inside select grocery stores and 2,415 ATMs
in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West
Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina. Fifth Third
operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer
Lending, and Investment Advisors. Fifth Third also has a 33% interest in
Vantiv Holding, LLC. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the
Midwest and, as of December 31, 2012, had $308 billion in assets under care,
of which it managed $27 billion for individuals, corporations and
not-for-profit organizations. Investor information and press releases can be
viewed at Fifth Third's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ®
National Global Select Market under the symbol "FITB." Fifth Third Bank.
Member FDIC. 

Media Contact: Andrew Hayes, 312-823-4333

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