PLS Adds Fireworks to Hazel Crest's Fourth of July Celebration

CHICAGO, IL, July 5, 2011: The Freedom Festival Independence Day celebration in south suburban Hazel Crest, IL, was topped off by a spectacular fireworks display which drew hundreds of area residents. PLS was a sponsor of the fireworks display, and PLS Loan Store and PLS Check Cashers hosted a booth at the festival, where store team members handed out glow necklaces, fans and candy.

The PLS Group operates more than 300 financial services centers in nine states. The PLS mission is to provide innovative and convenient financial services delivered with the respect that hard-working consumers deserve.

The Freedom Festival celebration, held at Oak Hill Park at 2600 West 171st Street, was hosted by the Hazel Crest Park District. The event’s activities included games, karaoke, line dancing and live reggae and calypso music by the Sunshine Band.

“PLS is a stout supporter of the community, and we’re grateful for their participation in our events,” said Robert Donaldson, Mayor of Hazel Crest. “Their sponsorship of the Festival shows their support of family activities in our town.”

“There’s nothing like a great fireworks display to put the finishing touch on a Fourth of July celebration and bring the community together,” said Bob Wolfberg, President, PLS. “We’re very pleased to help our neighbors in Hazel Crest make Freedom Festival a success for all the families that came out to share in the weekend’s fun.”

About PLS: People. Location. Service.

The PLS Group, headquartered in Chicago, manages more than 300 financial services centers in Alabama, Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, New York, Texas and Wisconsin, with more than 3,100 employees. PLS is one of the largest, fastest-growing and most distinguished organizations in the check cashing industry, and is a top-ranked Western Union money transfer network.

PLS is listed on Inc. magazine’s “5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America,” and has been named one of the “101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in Chicago” by the National Association of Business Resources. For the past four years, PLS has been named one of Chicago’s Largest Privately Held Companies by Crain’s Chicago Business®, and was a member of Crain’s “Fast 50” (Fastest Growing Companies). Bob and Dan Wolfberg, PLS Presidents, were finalists for Ernst & Young’s 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The company has also been honored with the Activa Award from the Financial Service Centers of America (FiSCA) in recognition of its charitable efforts.

The PLS brands include PLS Check Cashers, which offers check cashing, prepaid debit cards, money transfer services, money orders and bill payments; PLS Loan Store, which provides consumer micro-loans and tax-preparation services; and PLS Motor Vehicle Services, which offers vehicle license and registration services.

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