Green Bay, Wis. - March 28, 2012 - Associated Banc-Corp (NASDAQ: ASBC) recently donated $50,000 during the Greater Chicago Food Depository 24th Annual Commercial Real Estate Awards Dinner as part of the banks charitable donations to non-profit organizations.

Associated's Commercial Real Estate division chose the Greater Chicago Food Depository for their outstanding work in providing millions of pounds of food to pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in Cook County. The organizations work in providing men, women and children with nutritious food does not go unnoticed by Associated.

Associated's Greg Warsek, Senior Vice President and Regional Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Manager for Chicago and St. Louis, supports the efforts of the Depository as a member of the Event Steering Committee. Warsek's Chicago CRE team and 40 of his internal partners from Credit, Finance, Human Resources and Capital Markets recently volunteered by packing food at the Food Depository Facility. Additionally, Breck Hanson, Executive Vice President, Head of Commercial Real Estate, is currently under consideration to join the organization's Board of Directors.

"I'm always seeking out ways to encourage volunteerism in our communities, consistent with our company values," said Warsek. "By volunteering at the Depository, I wanted to demonstrate the company's support and commitment for a great cause while promoting leadership and dedication to volunteerism."

"I'm thrilled that Associated is a part of the effort to help feed those in need in the Chicago community," said Breck Hanson, Executive Vice President, Head of Commercial Real Estate. "This is an outstanding example of what can happen when local communities and companies join forces to address a cause."

Associated Bank provides financial support through charitable donations to non-profit organizations throughout its footprint that help create and sustain healthy communities. In our corporate giving, Associated prioritizes its donation categories with greatest long-term, preventative impact on social and health conditions. Charitable giving has a strategic focus on economic development, health and human services, education, environment and arts & culture.

In addition to monetary contributions to non-profit organizations, Associated seeks creative ways to make non-monetary donations, such as volunteer hours, used equipment, facility use and other resources to benefit our community partners.

"Since its inception, Associated has had a rich tradition of providing superior financial services to the communities in which we do business," said Andrew Ruehl, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager. "As an extension of that commitment Associated is dedicated to giving back through philanthropic endeavors in the communities where we live and serve. Our hope is that through this program, we will continue to foster stronger, more stable communities that will ultimately lead to a more positive future for us all."

About Associated Banc-Corp

Associated Banc-Corp (NASDAQ: ASBC) has total assets of $22 billion and is one of the top 50 financial services holding companies operating in the United States. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Associated has more than 250 banking locations serving more than 150 communities throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota. The company offers a full range of banking services and other financial products and services. Associated Bank, N.A. is an Equal Housing Lender, Equal Opportunity Lender and Member FDIC. More information about Associated Banc-Corp is available at

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