Harris Supports Red Cross Relief Efforts in Japan

Bank Contributes $100,000 Donation to Support Red Cross Efforts in Japan

Mar 14, 2011, 17:02 ET from Harris Bank

CHICAGO, March 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Harris today announced its support of Red Cross relief efforts in Japan through a $100,000 contribution from the bank's parent company, BMO Financial Group. To further aid humanitarian relief, all Harris branches will also accept donations to the Red Cross and waive Harris' wire transfer fee for customers sending money to affected individuals or agencies in Japan, starting tomorrow, March 15, through April 15, 2011.

"All of us at Harris and BMO are deeply saddened by the devastation in Japan," said Ellen Costello, president and CEO, Harris Financial Corp. "We are working closely with the Red Cross, which is appealing to anyone who can support relief efforts. Anyone wishing to join us in contributing can do so at any of our branches."

Harris branches are accepting donations to the Red Cross from March 15 to April 15, 2011. For customers who wish to send wire transfers directly to relatives or other affected individuals or agencies in Japan, Harris is waiving its wire transfer fees for these transactions until April 15, 2011. In Canada, BMO Bank of Montreal branches are also accepting Red Cross donations and waiving fees related to drafts and fund transfers for customers who wish to send funds to Japan, also until April 15, 2011.

About Harris

Harris is an integrated financial service organization providing nearly 1.3 million personal, business and corporate clients with banking, lending, investing and wealth management solutions. The organization is a member of the BMO Financial Group (NYSE, TSX: BMO), which also provides corporate and investment banking services in the U.S. under the BMO Capital Markets name.

Harris® is a trade name used by various financial service subsidiaries of Harris Financial Corp.  Banking products and services are provided by Harris N.A., The Harris Bank, N.A. and their bank affiliates, Members FDIC. Brokerage products are offered through Harris Investor Services, Inc. (HIS), a registered broker/dealer, member FINRA/SIPC, and SEC-registered investment advisor.  Insurance and annuities are offered through Harris Bancorp Insurance Services, Inc. (HBIS). Investment banking services are provided by BMO Capital Markets Corp. (BMOCMC) and BMO Capital Markets GKST, Inc. (GKST), a Municipal Bond Dealer and member FINRA and SIPC.  Financial planning and investment advisory services are provided by Sullivan, Bruyette, Speros & Blayney, Inc. (HSBSB), an SEC registered investment advisor.  Family Office Services are provided by Harris myCFO, Inc.  Investment advisory services are offered by Harris myCFO Investment Advisory Services LLC (HmyCFO), a SEC-registered investment advisor and wholly-owned subsidiary of Harris myCFO, Inc.  Stoker Ostler Wealth Advisors (SOWA) is an SEC-registered investment advisor. Investment advisory services to institutional clients are provided by Harris Investment Management (HIM), an SEC-registered investment advisor.  Products offered by HIS, HBIS, BMOCM, HSBSB, HmyCFO and HIM, affiliated companies and are wholly owned subsidiaries of Harris Financial Corp.,: Are Not Insured by the FDIC or any Federal Government Agency, Not a Deposit of or guaranteed by Any Bank or Bank Affiliate, May lose Value.  The purchase of insurance or an annuity is not a condition to any bank loan or service.  Not all products and services are offered in every state and/or location.

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