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PNC Bank Patriotism Essay Contest

WEST CALDWELL, NJ, March 26, 2005 – A gigantic hot air balloon will appear

at a New Jersey school once again this spring as part of PNC Bank’s

community outreach efforts through the Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of


PNC Bank and the balloon festival are inviting children and schools

encompassing grades 2-12 throughout the state to take part in "The PNC Bank

American Patriot Contest." Because of last year’s success with this

contest, both PNC Bank and the Quick Chek Balloon Festival want to give kids

an opportunity to write for a second time about the topic: "What the

American Flag means to me."

Entries will be submitted to the address listed below and the winning pupil

will be honored with "The PNC Bank American Patriot Contest" grand prize, a

special appearance by an enormous hot air balloon at the student’s school,

subject to necessary approvals. The winning entry will also receive four

tickets and a hot air balloon ride at the Festival.

Students can enter the contest directly through the Festival website –

www.balloonfestival.com - look for the "Student Essay Contest" link or by

following these rules:

· Write a two to three-paragraph essay (100 words or less) on "What

the American Flag means to me."

· Submit the essay by Friday, May 6 to: Promo 1, ATTN: Essay Judges,

1140 Bloomfield Avenue, Suite 209, West Caldwell, New Jersey 07006.

· Entries may also be faxed: 973-882-7961 or e-mailed:

[email protected]

· Open to all children in the state of New Jersey in grades 2 through


· Contestants are not required to be U.S. citizens.

Questions should be emailed to [email protected]

Olesya Solouk, a fifth grader from Lebanon Borough School of Lebanon, NJ,

and last year’s winner, caught the attention of the judges with the

following excerpt:

"The American Flag means: Freedom, Rights and Liberty. I think we need to

respect the flag. Also, when we look at the American Flag, we should think

that it would protect us from evil. We are a loving country and a strong

one, too."

A panel of judges comprised of PNC Bank and Festival staff will choose the

winner. Second and third-place prizes will also be awarded. Winning essays

will be selected based on creativity, poignancy and clarity, with

consideration given to the grade level of the contestant.

"Last year we had so many students submit wonderfully written essays" said

Joe Whall, Vice President of Corporate Communications, PNC Bank. "We felt

compelled to replicate that experience this year and we believe the students

will enjoy the second opportunity."

"The flag symbolism is so perfectly relevant in these turbulent times around

the world," said Howard Freeman, Executive Producer of the Festival. "This

contest is one of the Festival’s most important community programs."

Born at a truck stop on Route 78 in 1979 prior to moving to its current

location in 1983, the Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, In

Association With PNC Bank, now draws over 175,000 people from 31 states to

Solberg Airport in Hunterdon County to see the ascension of 125 gigantic hot

air balloons, major concert performers and hundreds of other family-oriented

attractions. It is the largest summertime balloon festival in North


The dates for the 2005 event are July 29-31. Further information on The PNC

Bank American Patriot Contest can be obtained by calling 1 800 HOT AIR 9 (1

800 468-2479) or by going to www.balloonfestival.com.

PNC Bank is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC).

PNC is one of the nation's largest diversified financial services

organizations providing consumer and business banking; specialized services

for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real

estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management; asset management

and global fund services.

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