MIDLAND, Mich., Feb. 1, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- During February, Chemical Bank will be running its "Community Spirit. Made in Michigan" campaign, celebrating Chemical Bank's long standing tradition of providing community banking services across the state of Michigan. As part of this celebration, Chemical Bank employees will highlight in their banking locations the community based organizations they support across the state, while sponsoring an essay contest for High School students titled, "What Community means to me."

"As the premier Community Bank in Michigan, we believe in the importance of the communities we serve, and are excited to launch our 'Community Spirit. Made in Michigan' campaign promoting our long standing ties to the community," stated David B. Ramaker, Chairman, CEO, and President of Chemical Bank. "As a Community Bank, we provide services to all members of our community, and we are looking forward to receiving essays from High School students about what Community means to them."

Through the Community Spirit essay contest, Chemical Bank is inviting High School students to participate in an essay contest, by writing in 250 words or less, what community means to them. The contest, which will run until March 15 th, is open to High School students ages 14-18. Three winners will be awarded Savings Bonds from Chemical Bank and the First Place Winner will also receive an iPod ® touch*. Winning entries will also be shared with local newspapers across the state.

More information about this contest can be found at www.ChemicalBankMI.com or by visiting any of Chemical Bank's 142 locations across the state.

*Apple is not a participant in or a sponsor of this promotion.

Chemical Financial Corporation is the second-largest bank holding company headquartered in Michigan. The Company operates through a single subsidiary bank, Chemical Bank, with 142 banking offices spread over 32 counties in the lower peninsula of Michigan. At December 31, 2010, the Company had total assets of $5.25 billion. Chemical Financial Corporation's common stock trades on The NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol CHFC and is one of the issues comprising the NASDAQ Global Select Market. Member FDIC.
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