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KeyCorp Chairman & CEO Henry L. Meyer III to Receive NAACP Freedom Award

Submitted by: KeyBank

Categories: Ratings & Awards

Posted: Mar 01, 2007 – 01:12 PM EST


Mar. 01 /CSRwire/ - CLEVELAND, OH- March 1, 2007 – Henry L. Meyer III, chairman and CEO of KeyCorp, will receive the 2007 NAACP Freedom Award, the highest honor presented by a NAACP Branch. Mr. Meyer is a longtime supporter and a champion when it comes to commitments related to human and civil rights in the community and nationally. Under his leadership, Key is a major voice in advancing diversity in Cleveland’s corporate community.

"KeyCorp is doing a good job. Their innovative ways of stepping-up to managing diversity and inclusion are resonating in the community and corporate America," said President George L. Forbes, Esq., chair of the Cleveland NAACP Executive Committee. "Henry Meyer and Key continue to work hard in this area. The KeyBank Diversity Thought Leadership Series is always well done and well received. Key’s diversity values set a great example, and they assure accountability for diversity at all levels in the company."

The Freedom Award will be presented at the Cleveland Branch NAACP 48th Annual Freedom Fund Dinner, Saturday, June 16, 2007 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, Grand Ballroom in Downtown Cleveland. This year’s theme is "A Community Peaced Together." The Cleveland Branch Freedom Fund Dinner traditionally attracts over 1,300 people to this star-studded event. The program will start promptly at 6:00 p.m. followed by an After Glow at 8:30 p.m.

The annual dinner continues a tradition of excellence and responsibility to raise funds for local programs to improve quality of life in Greater Cleveland, including initiatives focusing on economic development and youth leadership.

As in the past, the evening will include the presentation of the Carl B. Stokes Scholarship Awards to some of the Cleveland area’s best high school seniors by retired Congressman Louis Stokes.

The NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its mission is to ensure political, educational, social and economic equality for all people.



Cleveland-based KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY) is one of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $92 billion. Key companies provide investment management, retail and commercial banking, consumer finance, and investment banking products and services to individuals and companies throughout the United States and, for certain businesses, internationally. The company’s businesses deliver their products and services through KeyCenters and offices; a network of nearly 2,200 ATMs; telephone banking centers (1.800.KEY2YOU); and a Web site, Key.com, that provides account access and financial products 24 hours a day. Visit www.key.com for more information.

Cleveland Branch NAACP

From courtroom lawsuits to boardroom negotiations, from picket lines to economic boycotts, from schoolrooms to factory floors, the Cleveland Branch NAACP has demanded justice and civil rights. The branch seeks not merely a superficial procedural justice, but a substantive, deeper form of justice that derives from the very spirit upon which the country was founded. For more information, call (216) 231-6260 or visit http://www.clevelandnaacp.org/home.asp.

For more information, please contact:

Stan Miller Cleveland Branch NAACP
Phone: 216-231-6260
Phone 2: 216-571-1152 (cell)


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