ACE Cash Express Supports Junior Achievement With $25,000 Donation to Help Enrich the Lives of Local Students

DALLAS // PRNewswire // -- ACE Cash Express, Inc. recently announced a donation of $25,000 to Junior Achievement of Dallas, furthering their commitment to invest in the communities they serve.

The check presentation took place at Townsell Elementary School in Irving, Texas where ACE associates gathered together to teach Junior Achievement's JA in a Day program to third through fifth grade students.

This donation is part of ACE's corporate giving program - the ACE Community Fund - supporting organizations that help children, support education and promote financial literacy. Since its inception, the ACE Community Fund has donated more than $3 million to charitable organizations throughout the nation.

"Junior Achievement of Dallas is thrilled that ACE Cash Express has identified us as their primary partner for financial literacy," said Junior Achievement of Dallas President Linda Schoelkopf. "We are excited to have ACE on board as a partner of Junior Achievement and look forward to many more productive years."

In addition to an annual monetary donation, ACE associates volunteer their time to teach the Junior Achievement program to local students. Twice a year, ACE associates spend the day with kindergarten through fifth-grade students teaching the fundamentals of finance and economics through a unique hands-on learning experience. The Junior Achievement program aligns perfectly with the goals of ACE's Community Fund and as a result, ACE has had the opportunity to reach more than 2,000 students in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

"Here at ACE we are so excited to be a part of Junior Achievement," said Joe Edwards, ACE associate and Junior Achievement board member. "We have an opportunity to not only give money to this organization, but also participate directly by teaching students in a classroom setting. We look forward to future opportunities to partner with Junior Achievement."

About ACE Cash Express

ACE Cash Express, Inc. is a leading retailer of financial services, including short-term consumer loans, check cashing, bill payment and prepaid debit card services. ACE is the largest owner and operator of check cashing stores in the United States and the second largest owner and operator of short-term consumer loan stores in the United States. As of November 16, 2009, ACE had a network of 1,743 stores in 38 states including the District of Columbia, consisting of 1,669 company-owned stores and 74 franchised stores. ACE focuses on serving consumers, many of whom seek alternatives to traditional banking relationships in order to gain convenient and immediate access to financial services.

About The ACE Community Fund

Established in 2003, the ACE Cash Express Community Fund is the corporate giving program supporting organizations that help children, support education and promote financial literacy, and is focused on giving back to communities where ACE has stores. Each year, ACE sets aside one percent of the previous year's net profit to support these worthwhile causes through the ACE Community Fund. Since its inception, the ACE Community Fund has donated more than $3 million to charitable organizations throughout the nation.

About Junior Achievement of Dallas

Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement of Dallas provides in-school programs for students which focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. During the 2009-10 school year, more than 2,900 business volunteer will serve North Texas elementary, middle and high school classrooms, reaching more than 45,000 students in nearly 2,200 classrooms. Today, 135 individual Junior Achievement area operations reach more than four million students in the United States, with an additional five million students served by operations in 123 other countries worldwide.

SOURCE ACE Cash Express

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