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Trees planted in honor of local, national heroes

May 14, 2007

Employees from Citi Hagerstown partnered with the Citicorp Family Center and planted three pin oak trees on the center's lawn May 1 in celebration of Arbor Day.

Before the trees were planted, Citi Hagerstown Site President Deb Gorbsky explained the significance of the holiday to the children.

Darnell Shaffer, child-care center team leader, said the children dedicated the trees to some special people.

The first tree, tied with a pink ribbon, honored the memory of Betty Clopper, an educator and child advocate who often visited the center and read to the children. A green ribbon memorialized The Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, whom many of the children admired. The third tree, tied with a yellow ribbon, honors the brave United States soldiers who are stationed around the world. The children placed a plaque at the base of each tree to commemorate the event.

Citi is aiming to help make a difference in the environment this year while delivering tangible benefits to customers who want to reduce their dependence on paper and to protect the environment. In January, the company put in motion a customer-focused "Plant-a-Tree" initiative, which encourages credit card holders to switch to paperless statements, planting a tree for each conversion made. Already, more than 300,000 customers have opted to "go paperless," and just as many trees have been planted on their behalf nationwide.

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For every customer who switches to paperless statements, Citi, in partnership with the National Arbor Day Foundation, will plant a tree on his or her behalf in a location where it is most needed.

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