AUGUSTA - Fifth Third Bank Georgia, the Augusta GreenJackets and the Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University will soon step up to the plate to help fight cancer when the Bank hosts a special Stand Up To Cancer Night with the GreenJackets on Saturday, August 13, 2016. Tickets can be purchased at www.greenjacketsbaseball.com/tickets.
Fifth Third will offer fun, interactive fan activities during the game as part of the bank's ongoing commitment to raise awareness and contributions to support cancer research. Among the in-game promotions planned include a $530 donation that the bank will make for every strike out that a GreenJackets pitcher accomplishes during the game. Fifth Third will also donate $1 to SU2C when fans share eligible posts using the #howifight hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Vine, up to $500,000 during the promotion period.*
Lake Olmstead Stadium will also feature a very special placard tribute moment. Stand Up to Cancer placards will be handed out as attendees enter the gates and everyone is encouraged to fill out the placard denoting who they "stand up for" in the fight against cancer. Georgia Cancer Center patients and staff will be in attendance, joining bank employees for the first pitch and placard moment.
"We invite those touched by cancer to come out to the ballpark and enjoy this special event with us," said Regional President Hal Clemmer, Fifth Third Bank Georgia. "To use some familiar baseball phrases, our goal, is to get 'ahead in the count' against cancer. Stand Up To Cancer's teams of researchers and scientists have been able to make significant scientific breakthroughs in cancer research and with the help of the Augusta GreenJackets, the fans, and Fifth Third customers, we can hope to get one step closer to 'striking out' this disease once and for all."
Since teaming up with SU2C in 2013, Fifth Third has helped raise more than $6.3 million in donations for the organization. This year's promotion runs through December 31, 2016. In the U.S., one in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetimes, according to statistics collected by the Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results program at the National Cancer Institute.
"Fifth Third Bank is a great community leader and we are excited to join with them to Stand up to Cancer at the Lake," stated GreenJackets General Manager Tom Denlinger. "This will be a night to remember and we invite the CSRA to come out and take part."
"The awareness raised at events like this is one of the more powerful tools we have in fighting cancer," said Dr. Samir N. Khleif, director of the Georgia Cancer Center. "It not only allows us to educate people in the innovative research being done and clinical treatments available at the Cancer Center, but it also give us an opportunity to deliver an extremely important message of prevention."
Stand Up To Cancer, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is a breakthrough initiative that raises funds to accelerate innovative cancer research, enabling scientific collaboration in order to get new therapies to patients quickly. Fifth Third supports this collaborative approach and is committed to finding different ways to improve people's lives and better our communities. As such, Fifth Third began working with SU2C in 2013 when the Bank introduced its Fifth Third SU2C debit and credit cards, which raise funds to support SU2C research through every qualifying purchase made using those cards. Fifth Third Bank is the only card issuer to offer the SU2C payment cards. Visit 53.com/su2ccards for full details.
*$1 donation to SU2C for every eligible use of the hashtag #howifight on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vine, up to a maximum donation of $500,000 from now through December 31, 2016. Only one use of the Eligible Hashtag per username, per Monitored Social Media Site, per day during the Promotion Period will be considered an eligible use.
About Fifth Third Bank
Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Company has $144 billion in assets and operates 1,191 full-service Banking Centers, including 94 Bank Mart(R) locations, most open seven days a week, inside select grocery stores and 2,541 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina.
Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Wealth and Asset Management. Fifth Third also has an 18.3 percent interest in Vantiv Holding, LLC. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of June 30, 2016, had $305 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $26 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations.
Investor information and press releases can be viewed at www.53.com. Fifth Third's common stock is traded on the Nasdaq® Global Select Market under the symbol "FITB." Fifth Third Bank was established in 1858. Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender
About Stand Up To Cancer
Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 2008 by film and media leaders who utilize the industry's resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, and to increase awareness about progress being made in the fight against the disease. As SU2C's scientific partner, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and a Scientific Advisory Committee led by Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., conduct rigorous, competitive review processes to identify the best research proposals to recommend for funding, oversee grants administration, and provide expert review of research progress.
Current members of the SU2C Council of Founders and Advisors (CFA) include Katie Couric, Sherry Lansing, Kathleen Lobb, Lisa Paulsen, Rusty Robertson, Sue Schwartz, Pamela Oas Williams, and Ellen Ziffren. The late co-founder Laura Ziskin executive produced the Sept. 5, 2008, and Sept. 10, 2010 Stand Up To Cancer roadblock fundraising telecasts. All current CFA members were producers of the 2012 and 2014 telecasts, with Lisa Paulsen and Pam Williams serving as executive producers in 2014. SU2C was formally launched on May 27, 2008. Sung Poblete, Ph.D., R.N., has served as SU2C's president and CEO since 2011. For more information on Stand Up To Cancer, visit http://www.standup2cancer.org
About Augusta GreenJackets
The 28th consecutive season of professional baseball in Augusta is underway. The Augusta GreenJackets are the Single A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants playing 70 home games at Lake Olmstead Stadium. Individual tickets start at only $9 to join the FUN! To guarantee your seats to the most popular games, order your 2016 Ticket Packages today by reaching out to the GreenJackets Front Office at (706) 922-WINS (9467). To stay up to date during the off season, sign up for the 'Jackets Buzz e-newsletter by visiting www.GreenJacketsBaseball.com/thebuzz/.
About the Georgia Cancer Center
The Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University is a multidisciplinary academic cancer center with a mission to reduce the burden of cancer in Georgia and across the globe through superior care, innovation and education. Its patient-centered approach includes first-in-the-nation treatment protocols, an experimental therapeutics program and specialized clinics for state-of-the-art drug and immunotherapy clinical trials. www.augusta.edu/cancer
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