Pictured (left to right): Steve Pratt, vice president, Univest Bank and Trust Co.;  Kathy Arnold-Yerger, executive director, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library; Annette Szygiel, executive vice president and chief experience officer, Univest Corporation. 


SOUDERTON, Pa., August 21, 2012 - Univest Corporation awarded Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library $1,000 for winning the second quarter 2012 "Committed to Local" Facebook contest. Earning more than 70% of the vote, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library beat out Chester County Library and Doylestown District Library for the prize. 


This contribution is part of Univest's "Committed to Local" campaign which will invest an additional $100,000 in 2012 to advance the missions of local nonprofit organizations focused on youth education and wellness development. In the second quarter, Univest supported several libraries, giving more than $15,000 to summer reading programs and initiatives to foster literacy and education in our local community.  


"We are proud to be able to support the Montgomery County-Norristown Library. It is truly a vibrant, bustling and integral part of our community," said Annette Szygiel, executive vice president and chief experience officer of Univest Corporation.  "Our "Committed to Local" program is focused on making a difference in the lives of individuals right here in our own neighborhoods, and we are certain this donation will do just that." 


"We are thrilled to have won the Facebook contest, it is a true testament to the dedication of our patrons," said Kathy Arnold-Yerger, executive director of Montgomery County-Norristown Library.  "We appreciate the community support and thank Univest for the opportunity to participate.  The library is busier than ever, so the funds will be put to good use." 


In addition to financial contributions, Univest employees have been involved in programs at local libraries throughout the summer to help educate youth on financial literacy and the value of saving early. This community involvement will continue throughout the remainder of the year as Univest employees have pledged to volunteer over 10,000 hours in local communities in 2012. As of June 30, 2012, Univest has partnered with 63 nonprofit organizations tied to youth education and wellness development and contributed nearly $234,000.  


If registered 501 (c) (3) organizations are interested in applying for support from Univest's "Committed to Local" program applications can be found by going to univest.net. While Univest's "Committed to Local" initiative focuses solely on support for youth education and wellness development, Univest's overall philanthropic program also includes providing support to nonprofit and civic organizations operating in the areas of arts and culture. For more information, please contact Nicole O'Neil at 215-721-2450 or oneiln@univest.net. 


About Univest Corporation

Headquartered in Souderton, Pa., Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania(www.univest.net) and its subsidiaries serve the financial needs of residents, businesses, and nonprofit organizations in Bucks, Chester, Montgomery and Lehigh counties.   For more information on Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania and its subsidiaries, please visit www.univest.net.

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