Sunday, May 9, 2010

Council for Economic Education Looking for a Home Run with 'GO TO BAT™' Program

Council for Economic Education Looking for a Home Run with 'GO TO BAT™' Program

State Farm® and Major League Baseball® give fans a chance to be there for their favorite causes and swing for the fences to earn a trip to one of baseball's biggest moments

New York, NY (Vocus) July 16, 2010

The Council for Economic Education (CEE), the nation’s leading non-profit dedicated to increasing the economic and financial literacy of K-12 students, has proudly announced their participation in the "GO TO BAT" program – an online, charitable-giving initiative driven by State Farm® and Major League Baseball®.

Fans can visit www. statefarm. com/gotobat (http://www. statefarm. com/gotobat), and go to bat for economic and financial literacy by selecting the Council for Economic Education as the charity of their choice when they sign up for the program. State Farm will randomly select a weekly individual winner and award a donation to the charity they chose to support. For every home run hit in MLB games during the previous week, State Farm will donate $100 to that individual winner's charity. In addition, the selected winner will be awarded a trip for two to the 2010 World Series. A total of ten (10) winners will be drawn during the "GO TO BAT" program, which stretches through the second half of the MLB season and concludes on September 26.

"At the Council for Economic Education we go to bat for students and teachers every day, working to improve the economic and financial literacy of the youth in our nation and abroad,” said Nan J. Morrison, President and CEO of the Council for Economic Education. “We thank State Farm and Major League Baseball for this wonderful opportunity to participate in such a valuable and timely charitable program.”

Fans can increase both their chances and their charity's chances of winning by playing the online State Farm Home Run Derby game. Each virtual home run hit during game play is equal to another entry for the entrant and their charity. Fans can step up to the plate and go to bat to earn additional entries every day by playing the online game. They can also share their results on Facebook and challenge their friends to go to bat for something that is important to them.

The "GO TO BAT" program will culminate during the 2010 MLB World Series with a pre-game ceremony showcasing its cumulative impact and recognizing the 10 individual winners and their selected charities. Also, State Farm will announce and award a $25,000 donation to the charity that receives the most overall support throughout the course of the promotion.

Fans can get more information and enter the "GO TO BAT" program online at www. statefarm. com/gotobat (http://www. statefarm. com/gotobat).

About the Council for Economic Education:
The Council for Economic Education (http://www. councilforeconed. org) envisions a world in which people are empowered to make informed and responsible choices throughout their lives as consumers, investors, citizens, and participants in the global economy. The CEE advocates for better and greater school-based economic and personal finance education at the K-12 level, and educates students - primarily through well-prepared teachers - through high quality programs that help young people achieve economic and financial literacy.
The CEE offers a comprehensive K-12 economic and personal finance education program that includes teaching resources and assessments across the curriculum, as well as professional development programs for teachers. Each year the CEE’s programs reach more than 150,000 K-12 teachers and over 15 million students in the United States and in more than 36 other countries.

About State Farm®:
State Farm insures more cars and homes than any other insurer in the U. S., is the leading insurer of watercraft and is also a leading insurer in Canada. State Farm's 17,700 agents and more than 67,000 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts – almost 79 million auto, fire, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 34 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit statefarm. com® or in Canada statefarm. ca®.

Council for Economic Education Contact:
Ms. Renee Colombo
Vice President for Development & Communications
(212) 730-5658