Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Introduction of Consolidated Credit Counseling Services' Freedom Level at the BankAtlantic Center

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As a call to action during these hard economic times, Consolidated Credit Counseling Services, Inc. a leader in financial education, credit counseling, and debt management, offers financial education at an unlikely venue.

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Saturday October 11, 2008 at 5:30 pm is the kick-off of the Freedom Level at the BankAtlantic Center. Consolidated Credit Counseling Services, the industry leader providing credit counseling and debt management programs throughout the United States, has joined the Florida Panthers and the BankAtlantic Center to bring personal finance education to the South Florida community.

"Providing financial education, credit counseling and debt management assistance is a crucial component to consumers' financial well-being and vital in our fragile South Florida economy," said Howard Dvorkin, founder and spokesperson of Consolidated Credit Counseling Services who came up with the idea of offering financial education to consumers at the South Florida arena. As part of this multi-year partnership, Consolidated Credit Counseling Services will be the premier sponsor of the Freedom Level, the renamed BankAtlantic Center upper level.

"We are extremely pleased to partner with an industry leader such as Consolidated Credit Counseling Services," said Sunrise Sports and Entertainment president and chief operating officer Michael Yormark. "I am confident that our team, coupled with the unique educational nature of this partnership, will create awareness regarding personal finance education in our community and assist our citizens with money issues. Consolidated Credit has been helping people through economic hardships and personal finance matters for over fifteen-years and we are happy that we can help further their mission of educating the community."

"Consolidated Credit is thrilled to be working with The BankAtlantic Center on this important initiative that embraces the concerns of our community," said Gary Herman, president of Consolidated Credit Counseling Services. The agency will provide free educational booklets on a dozen financial education topics ranging from how to deal with credit card debt and budgeting issues to talking money with your kids. We will deliver inspirational financially based messages through in-arena signage and recurring "financial tips of the game" on the in-game scoreboard, public service announcement (PSA) time on 790 the Ticket Sports Radio during Panthers games and more.

The financial education and credit counseling can be accessed via the web site http://www.Freedomlevel.org. Clients can receive information on credit card debt and credit counseling via a confidential toll free phone number and online.

ABOUT: Consolidated Credit Counseling Services' mission is to help people end economic crisis and solve money problems through financial education and professional credit counseling. Consolidated Credit Counseling Services is an industry leader that provides credit counseling and debt management programs to consumers throughout the United States. Consolidated Credit Counseling Services is a non-profit credit counseling agency that has helped thousands of individuals and families deal with life-altering credit, debt, and financial issues.

ABOUT: Sunrise Sports & Entertainment is the premier company of its kind in South Florida. Home to more than 185 events annually and the Florida Panthers Hockey Club, the BankAtlantic Center is consistently a top 15 worldwide venue according to Pollstar. The BankAtlantic Center welcomes more than two million guests each year and is also the home of Sawgrass Live presented by BankAtlantic and three publications Unrestricted (South Florida & New York) and Panthers Insider.

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