First Financial Celebrates 150 Years with a $150,000 Donation

October 22, 2013

Cincinnati, OH – First Financial Bank announces plans to donate $150,000 to local community organizations making a difference across the bank’s footprint. The special donation commemorates the bank’s 150th anniversary and gives First Financial associates the opportunity to nominate local non-profit groups to receive a grant.

(15) $10,000 donations will be made to local organizations in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. These 15 donations are in addition to the grants provided to many local agencies through the bank’s community development efforts.

“We truly appreciate and want to thank our clients, associates, communities, and shareholders. We know our success over the last 150 years wouldn’t be possible without their ongoing commitment and support,” said Claude Davis, First Financial Bank’s chairman and CEO.  “This is a great opportunity for us give back to the communities we serve, and we’re very excited to involve our associates who are connected to and work so closely with many important organizations across our footprint.”

A total of 14 organizations will be selected to receive a $10,000 grant based on associate nominations. The final grant will go to an organization nominated and selected by the bank’s Facebook fans. First Financial associates will be able to nominate organizations during a two-week period in October (Monday, October 21 through Friday, November 1). A selection committee will review nominations and grant recipients will be announced in early December.

Nominated groups must be a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and must fall within one of the bank’s three areas of giving: economic development, financial literacy and neighborhood development. The funds for the donation were made available through the bank’s community fund, the Hamilton Community Foundation.

For more information about First Financial and it’s 150 year history, visit www.bankatfirst.com/150 or www.facebook.com/firstfinancialbank.

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About First Financial Bancorp
First Financial Bancorp is a Cincinnati, Ohio based bank holding company. As of June 30, 2013, the Company had $6.3 billion in assets, $4.0 billion in loans, $4.8 billion in deposits and $695 million in shareholders’ equity. The Company’s subsidiary, First Financial Bank, N.A., founded in 1863, provides banking and financial services products through its three lines of business: commercial, retail and wealth management. The commercial and retail units provide traditional banking services to business and consumer clients. First Financial Wealth Management provides wealth planning, portfolio management, trust and estate, brokerage and retirement plan services and had approximately $2.5 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2013. The Company’s strategic operating markets are located in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky where it operates 110 banking centers. Additional information about the Company, including its products, services and banking locations is available at www.bankatfirst.com.