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January 31, 2012

NABEF to Honor State Farm with Corporate Leadership Award

Award to be presented at 2012 Celebration of Service to America Awards

WASHINGTON, DC -- The NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) will present the Corporate Leadership Award to State Farm during the 14th annual Celebration of Service to America Awards, held Monday, June 11, at the Washington Convention Center. The award recognizes non-broadcast businesses that exemplify an extraordinary focus on community service and corporate social responsibility.

"State Farm's dedication to safety and education serves communities across America," said NABEF President Marcellus Alexander. "The NAB Education Foundation is proud to present the Corporate Leadership Award to a deeply committed corporate philanthropist."

"We are pleased to receive this recognition," said Edward B. Rust Jr., State Farm's chairman and CEO. "The ultimate reward is when we see the thousands of hours volunteered by our associates and the financial support of worthy causes that save lives, improve schools and strengthen communities so they're stable, viable and healthy."

State Farm helped found and remains involved with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which conducts research on motor vehicle safety. State Farm and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia® have partnered since 2007 to research teen driver behavior and create tools to prevent the number one cause of death among U.S. teenagers, car crashes. The company also works with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Safe Kids Worldwide to promote safety awareness.

As part of its commitment to education, State Farm donated more than $1.8 million in the past year to teacher quality initiatives and more than $5 million to service learning grants. State Farm is the presenting sponsor for the Grad Nation campaign hosted by America's Promise Alliance, supports Teach for America and helped establish the Center for Women and Financial Services at American College. State Farm's Neighborhood of Knowledge program provides post-Katrina support to families in New Orleans and sponsors the city's College Football Bayou Classic. State Farm's at-risk youth program, "26 Seconds," seeks to keep young adults from dropping out of school. Other initiatives promote college preparatory work in high schools, educational access for all children and adult financial literacy.

About The Celebration of Service to America Awards
The Celebration of Service to America Awards are sponsored and produced by NABEF with major support from Hubbard Broadcasting Inc., Bonneville International Corporation and the National Association of Broadcasters. In recent years, Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges, entertainment industry icon Quincy Jones, legendary rock star Sir Elton John, former President Bill Clinton, First Lady Laura Bush, Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, boxing legend Muhammad Ali, former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalyn Carter, former First Lady Nancy Reagan, and others have been presented with the Celebration of Service to America Leadership Award at the event. Details about the Celebration of Service to America Awards are available here.

The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving broadcasters and the public interest by supporting and advocating community service, diversity, education and broadcasting issues and trends. Learn more at

About State Farm®
State Farm and its affiliates are the largest provider of car insurance in the U.S. and is a leading insurer in Canada. In addition to providing auto insurance quotes, their 17,800 agents and more than 66,000 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts � more than 79 million auto, home, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is also available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 37 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit or in Canada

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