MEDIA ADVISORY & PHOTO OPPORTUNITY - Kids and charities add over $350,000 in CIBC Miracle Day donations to 40 ft holiday tree in Banker's Hall

Dec 5, 2011

Last year CIBC Miracle Day raised nearly $500,000 for children's charities in Calgary through employee donated fees and commissions

CALGARY, Dec. 5, 2011 /CNW/ - CIBC (TSX: CM) (NYSE: CM) will celebrate its 27th year of CIBC Miracle Day on December 7th by presenting a dozen Calgary charities committed to serving children in need with over $350,000 in donations. Join us for a photo opportunity as children and charities add their cheques to the signature 40 ft holiday tree in Banker's Hall.

"On Miracle Day, we're investing in kids," says Jim Sorenson, CIBC Wood Gundy First Vice-President. "We're proud to work together with our clients to make a difference for kids in need in our city. It's about giving kids a helping hand, especially at this time year."

Sorenson leads a team of dedicated CIBC Investment Advisors, whose commitment to children has made his Calgary office the top CIBC Wood Gundy office contributor to CIBC Miracle Day each year.

WHEN:   Wednesday, December 7, 2011, 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
   
WHERE:   Banker's Hall, 8th Avenue & 2nd Street, Main Floor (outside CIBC main branch and Starbucks)
   
WHO:   Children and representatives from 12 charities who have benefited from funds raised on Miracle Day; CIBC Wood Gundy First Vice-President, Jim Sorenson; CIBC wholesale employees and Wood Gundy Investment Advisors
   
WHAT:  Photo opportunity in front of signature 40 ft holiday tree in Banker's Hall to signal the importance of giving during the holidays, especially for the kids. Display cheques will decorate part of the tree.
   
WHY:  For the past 26 years, CIBC Miracle Day has supported and improved the quality of life for Canadian children. Whether a hot meal to start the day, extra help with schoolwork, a place to turn to in a crisis, or the fulfillment of a child's special wish - the joint efforts of CIBC employees and clients have helped thousands of children in need.
   
RSVP:   Nicole Davis, (403) 819-7977 or nicole.davis@cibc.com

About CIBC Miracle Day

CIBC Miracle Day is the annual flagship fundraising event for the CIBC Children's Foundation. On CIBC Miracle Day, CIBC's wholesale banking employees and participating CIBC Wood Gundy Investment Advisors donate their fees and commissions to organizations that support kids in our communities. Through the efforts of employees and clients $4.1 million was raised in Canada in 2010, for a total of nearly $60 million donated to hundreds of children's charities across Canada since 1984. To learn more, visit www.cibc.com/miracleday or visit us on facebook @cibccommunitymatters

About CIBC

CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to our clients, our employees and our communities.  We aim to make a difference in communities through corporate donations, sponsorships and the volunteer spirit of employees.  With a strategic focus on youth, education and health, and employee commitment to causes including the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, the CIBC Children's Foundation and United Way, we are investing in the social and economic development of communities across the country. In 2010, CIBC group of companies contributed approximately $34 million to charitable and non-profit initiatives in Canada to support national, regional and local organizations. To learn more, visit www.cibc.com

For further information:

Nicole Davis, Senior Manager, Community Investment - Western Canada; (403) 819-7977 or nicole.davis@cibc.com


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