NEWS RELEASE 2011
ABA Media Contact: Marquita Robertson
LIST OF LOCAL BANKS; NATIONAL JUDGES SET TO SELECT 2011 SAVING STAR
Lights, Camera, Save! Video Contest Will Open Nationwide Oct. 1
WASHINGTON – Today the ABA Education Foundation released its final list of bank participants along with details on the national judging panel for the 2011 Lights, Camera, Save! video contest that is set to kick off Oct. 1.
The Lights, Camera, Save! video contest, an offshoot of the ABA Education Foundation's Teach Children to Save program, is a unique bank-driven competition that encourages young people to use video to communicate the value of saving and inspire others to become lifelong savers.
"We're thrilled to have just under 200 banks offering the contest locally and an outstanding judging panel to select the grand prize winners nationally," said Laura Fisher executive director of the ABA Education Foundation, the group that sponsors the event. "The contest is a great opportunity for future Warren Buffets to showcase their 'mad money skillz,' inspire other kids to see the value in saving money, and maybe win $3,000."
One hundred and eighty-four banks will host the local level of the competition and select a winner to represent their bank and compete on the national level for a $3,000, $1,500 or $500 U.S. savings bond. Videos will be judged on their quality, message, content and the criteria set forth by the contest's official rules. [Contest information and list of participating banks: www.aba.com/ABAEF/LightsCameraSave].
The Lights, Camera, Save! National Judging Panel -- comprised of innovators and communication and personal finance experts -- is as follows:
George Barany, director of Financial Education and Youth Saves for the Consumer Federation of America
Kelvin Boston, executive producer and host of Moneywise with Kelvin Boston
Laura Levine, president and CEO of the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy
-- Teach Children to Save Day -- the Teach Children to Save website: www.teachchildrentosave.com, and the Lights, Camera, Save! video contest.
Teach Children to Save is a national program that organizes banker volunteers to help young people develop a lifelong savings habit. Since the program started in 1997, some 100,000 bankers have taught saving skills to 4.7 million students. Teach Children to Save includes an annual awareness day
The ABA Education Foundation provides financial education programs and resources that help bankers make their communities better. Nearly 126,000 bankers have taught basic finance skills to 4.7 million young people through participation in the Foundation's signature programs, Teach Children to Save and Get Smart About Credit. Founded by bankers in 1925, the foundation is guided by a board of bankers and is an affiliate of the American Bankers Association.
For more information, visit www.abaef.com or call 1-800-BANKERS.