FirstEnergy FirstAid Trading Day raises over $400,000 for Slave Lake Residents

CALGARY, May 19 /CNW/ - Once again, the generosity of FirstEnergy Capital Corp.'s retail and institutional investor clients, staff and vendors was on full display on Thursday May 19, 2011. With all trading commissions earned for the day being donated to the Red Cross in order to assist those who lost their homes in the Slave Lake, Alberta fire, over $400,000 was raised to meet this urgent need.

"We are always amazed at the swift response of our clients and the energy of our staff when mother nature deals a severe blow. This is one of the most successful charitable events in FirstEnergy's history, and we cannot thank the generosity of our clients and staff enough for their support and for so quickly rallying to the cause," commented Jim Davidson, CEO and Chairman with FirstEnergy.

"This is the fourth trading day we have undertaken and it was every bit as successful in generating aid as the efforts we previously made on behalf of Manitoba flood victims, Central and Eastern Canadian victims of the ice storm, and drought-stricken Prairie Farmers."

Commented FirstEnergy Managing Director Trent Boehm, "I can't believe the support that we have had for this event. On Monday it was clear that something had to be done, and by Thursday our entire staff and client network were enthusiastically engaged in doing everything they could to raise these significant funds. It is a wonderful feeling to be part of this team."

Funds will be immediately placed in the hands of the Red Cross to furnish those rendered homeless by this tragedy. The resolve of Slave Lake residents, many of whom work in the oil and gas industry for the companies that FirstEnergy's investment banking business finances, to shake off this horrific event and rebuild their lifestyles was all the impetus that the FirstEnergy team required. The company hopes that the speedy delivery of these funds will make a small contribution to easing the pain caused by the wildfire.

About FirstEnergy: Established in 1993, FirstEnergy Capital Corp. is the leading investment dealer focused on Canada's vibrant energy sector. FirstEnergy's industry-leading team is focused exclusively on serving the needs of energy companies and sophisticated institutional investors on a global basis.

SOURCE FirstEnergy Capital Corporation

For further information:

Ruby F. Wallis
Chief Operating Officer
FirstEnergy Capital Corp.
Phone: 403.262.0631
E-mailrfwallis@firstenergy.com

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