Record-breaking $7 million raised on 32nd #CIBCMiracleDay to support kids in need

Charities, celebrities and CIBC unite to help make miracles happen for children's charities

TORONTO, Dec. 14, 2016 /CNW/ - CIBC (CM: TSX) (CM: NYSE) announced today that the 32nd CIBC Miracle Day raised $7 million in support of children's charities – a banner year for the initiative. Events were held around the globe – from Toronto, New York, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, London and Hong Kong – as CIBC traders and CIBC Wood Gundy advisors donated their fees and commissions to the CIBC Children's Foundation to help kids rise above.

A roster of celebrities like actor John O'Hurley, Michael "Pinball" Clemons, Georges St-Pierre and cast members of Ray Donovan, joined the day's real super stars, kids from recipient charities, to lock in trades and raise awareness and critical funds.

"The network of support from our clients, employees and celebrity champions is the driving force behind raising $7 million this year for hundreds of charities that brighten the lives of kids in need," says Harry Culham, Senior Executive Vice-President and Group Head Capital Markets, and Chair of the CIBC Children's Foundation. "These funds will be instrumental in sending kids to camp, providing hope for those with varying abilities and opening doors to many opportunities they may not otherwise have."

"CIBC Miracle Day has grown from a small holiday tradition of giving back to the community into a global initiative that unites all those who believe that every child  deserves a miracle." says Steve Geist, Senior Executive Vice-President and Group Head, Wealth Management. "Thanks to a record year, CIBC Miracle Day has raised nearly $241 million since 1984 to help transform the lives of kids who need it most in communities across the globe."

From Mark Wahlberg to Georges St-Pierre, search #CIBCMiracleDay to see who else is lending a hand for kids in need.

About CIBC Miracle Day

CIBC Miracle Day is the annual flagship fundraising event for the CIBC Children's Foundation. On CIBC Miracle Day, CIBC's Capital Markets employees and CIBC Wood Gundy Investment Advisors donate their fees and commissions to organizations that support kids in our communities. Through the efforts of employees and clients $7 million was raised in 2016, for a total of more than $241 million donated to hundreds of children's charities across the globe since 1984. To learn more, visit www.cibc.com/miracleday.

About CIBC

CIBC is a leading Canadian-based global financial institution with 11 million personal banking and business clients. Through our three major business units - Retail and Business Banking, Wealth Management and Capital Markets - CIBC offers a full range of products and services through its comprehensive electronic banking network, branches and offices across Canada with offices in the United States and around the world. Ongoing news releases and more information about CIBC can be found at www.cibc.com/ca/media-centre/ or by following on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/cibc), Twitter @CIBC, Facebook (www.facebook.com/CIBC) and Instagram @CIBCNow.

SOURCE CIBC

For further information: Christina Vetro, Consultant, Corporate Communications, 416-309-2840, christina.vetro@cibc.com

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