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Rays announce partnership for 'Raymond James Community Impact Award'

ST. PETERSBURG, FL―The Tampa Bay Rays have announced a new partnership with Raymond James Financial to establish the Raymond James Community Impact Award recognizing nonprofit organizations that have made a positive impact on the Tampa Bay community.

This season, Raymond James and the Rays have chosen to honor the Boys and Girls Club of the Suncoast, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas, the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg, the YWCA of Tampa Bay and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay as the 2013 Raymond James Community Impact Award winners.

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"Giving back to the communities in which we live and work is a Raymond James tradition," said Chairman Tom James. "These organizations, with their focus on developing and assisting young people in our community, are the ideal beneficiaries of this award. We are delighted to partner with the Rays to publicly highlight the positive impact they are having in Tampa Bay."

Each recipient will be honored with an in-game feature during two selected Rays games. At each of two games, the award-winners will be recognized for their community impact and receive a $2,500 donation, totaling $5,000 for the season from Raymond James. The Rays Baseball Foundation will also match a portion of the awards. At the end of the 2013 season, representatives of the five organizations will be presented with ceremonial checks as part of an on-field celebration.

"We are excited to partner with Raymond James on their Community Impact Award," said Rays Senior Vice President Mark Fernandez. "All five of these nonprofit organizations help strengthen our community and we look forward to recognizing their impact throughout the 2013 season."

About Raymond James Financial, Inc.

Raymond James Financial (NYSE-RJF) is a Florida-based diversified holding company providing financial services to individuals, corporations and municipalities through its subsidiary companies. Its three principal wholly owned broker/dealers, Raymond James & Associates, Raymond James Financial Services and Raymond James Ltd., have more than 6,200 financial advisors serving more than 2.4 million accounts in approximately 2,500 locations throughout the United States, Canada and overseas. In addition, total client assets are approximately $413 billion. 

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