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First Niagara and Larkin Development Provide Funding for Harvest House

$50,000 Grant will help make improvements to building’s exterior

Date Posted: April 19, 2013

BUFFALO, N.Y., April 19, 2013 – First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:FNFG) and Larkin Development are joining together to offer a partnership grant of $50,000 to Harvest House in Buffalo.

Harvest House today is celebrating the grand opening of its New Hope Education Center at 175 Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo, which offers vocational programs, free legal advice and a literacy drop-in center. The Center serves a vital mission on Buffalo’s East side by providing support and outreach services to members of the community.

The funding from First Niagara and Larkin Development will help the organization make improvements to the exterior of its building.

“First Niagara has always made investing in the communities we serve a top priority,” said Elizabeth Gurney, Executive Director of the First Niagara Foundation. “We want to make sure that residents and businesses in the Larkin neighborhood have access to resources and hope for a bright future.”

“This generous partnership grant will kick-start our campaign to begin restoration of the exterior of the building and grounds,” said Linda Tatu, Founder and Executive Director of Harvest House. “We are extremely grateful to Larkin Development Group and The First Niagara Bank Foundation.”

Harvest House has been serving the residents of Buffalo for 20 years.

About First Niagara

First Niagara, through its wholly owned subsidiary, First Niagara Bank, N.A., is a multi-state community-oriented bank with approximately 430 branches, $37 billion in assets, $28 billion in deposits, and approximately 6,000 employees providing financial services to individuals, families and businesses across Upstate New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts.



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