ATB Financial raises $200,000 for the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation

    CALGARY, Sept. 4 /CNW/ - ATB Financial raised $200,000 for the Alberta
Children's Hospital Foundation during the eighth annual Teddy for a Toonie
fundraising campaign. To date, ATB Financial has raised more than $825,000 for
the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation since the partnership began 10
years ago.
    "The success of the Teddy for a Toonie campaign demonstrates the
commitment our associates and customers have to improving children's health in
Alberta," says Kathie Arychuk, Senior Manager, Community Relations, ATB
Financial. "We would like to thank everyone for their support of this
worthwhile cause."
    A total of $440,000 was raised for both the Stollery and the Alberta
Children's Hospital Foundations. From April 30 to May 31, 2007, customers
donated $2 to the cause by entering a draw to win a teddy bear at each ATB
Financial location. After the campaign ended, an additional $25,000 was
presented to the Alberta Children's Hospital from funds raised at the ATB
Financial Classic in Calgary.
    "ATB Financial is such a generous and long-time supporter of the
hospital," says Steve Hoscheit, President and CEO, Alberta Children's Hospital
Foundation. "This year, ATB's donation will help extend the hospital's
expertise to families and child health experts across the province - an
invaluable gift."
    Proceeds from the campaign will support telehealth, also known as
videoconferencing, in both regions. Telehealth connects families, children and
medical experts to other health sites for clinical and educational purposes.
The program allows physicians to diagnose and treat patients at point of care,
saving children and their families the stress and expense of travelling to
urban centres.

    ATB Financial, an Alberta-based financial institution, was established in
1938. Today, ATB serves more than 600,000 customers in 245 communities through
a network of branches, agencies, a Customer Contact Centre, automated banking
machines and electronic banking services. For further information on ATB
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For further information: Marvin Polis, Acting Director, Corporate
Communications, ATB Financial, (780) 408-7307,

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