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HOUSTON, June 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 130 ACE Cash Express stores in Houston partnered with their local agency of Big Brothers Big Sisters to carry out their mission of changing the lives of Houston's children.

ACE associates present $21,255 donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Houston.

During this year's Give a Little Campaign, a national in-store fundraiser supporting local charities, ACE associates in Houston raised $21,255.32 for the Big Brothers Big Sisters' Greater Houston region.

"The generosity of our customers is incredible," said RVP Dan Tharp. "Thanks to them we were able to make a meaningful impact on Big Brothers Big Sisters in Greater Houston."

The 2014 Give a Little Campaign raised more than $358,000 nationally for the local chapters of AdoptAClassroom.org, American Red Cross, Back on My Feet, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, National Down Syndrome Society and the Stars Scholarship Fund.

"This has been another great year for Big Brothers Big Sisters working with ACE's local store associates to make a difference in the Houston community and for our kids in particular," said Ron Hadley, Greater Houston President. "We are proud to partner with ACE during their Give a Little Campaign and we are so grateful for their donation that will provide the necessary mentors to help youth be successful."

The Give a Little Campaign is a part of ACE's corporate-giving program, the ACE Community Fund. Since 2004, the ACE Community Fund has donated more than $8.5 million to charitable organizations throughout the nation and focuses on organizations that help children, support education and promote financial literacy in the communities where ACE has stores.

About ACE Cash Express
ACE Cash Express, Inc. is a leading retailer of financial services, including payday loans, installment loans, title loans, check cashing, bill payment, wire transfer, money orders 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. 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. For additional information about ACE Cash Express, visit www.acecashexpress.com.
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About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation's largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring organization, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes, such as educational success; avoidance of risky behaviors; and higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children ("Littles") with screened volunteer mentors ("Bigs") and monitors and supports these one-to-one mentoring matches throughout their course. The first-ever Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Summary, released in 2012, substantiates that its mentoring programs have proven, positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth, areas linked to high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or job readiness.

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity, often those of single or low-income households or families where a parent is incarcerated or serving in the military, with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization's 85-year history. Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star serves more than 30,000 children, volunteers and families through 20 offices and more than 100 counties in Texas. Learn how you can positively impact a child's life – donate or volunteer at http://www.bbbstx.org.

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