More than 2,000 Financial Services Employees Donate a Day to their Communities

Harris and BMO Capital Markets' 4th Annual Employee Volunteer Day is Company's Largest Yet

Jun 10, 2010, 03:00 ET from Harris

CHICAGO, June 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today, more than 2,000 Harris and BMO Capital Markets employees will read, plant, paint, teach, organize, clean and otherwise volunteer their way to stronger communities -- in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, New York, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin -- through the company's 4th annual Employee Volunteer Day. The effort includes planned projects in the bank's new markets of Rockford, Ill. and Madison, Wis.

"More than 70 projects across the nation will come alive today with the spirit and energy of our employee volunteers," said Judy Rice, senior vice president of Community Affairs and Economic Development. "Employee Volunteer Day has become an embodiment of our customer-focused culture. This type of commitment to our communities is one of the things I love about Harris and a key reason I joined the bank."

Harris and BMO Capital Markets' Employee Volunteer Day was established in 2007 and participation has since grown steadily, with 1,600 employees taking part in 2009. Today, the event complements an array of philanthropic work, including financial education seminars, charitable grants, nonprofit partnerships, and the annual United Way campaign, which will be led this year by Harris President and CEO Ellen Costello in Metropolitan Chicago.

About Harris

Harris is an integrated financial service organization providing more than 1.2 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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