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Cartera Commerce Holds Third Annual Community Day of Service

Company More Than Doubles Number of Employees Lending a Hand to Those in Need in Boston and Atlanta

LEXINGTON, MA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/02/12 -- Cartera Commerce, the leading provider of card-linked marketing solutions, today announced it will hold its third annual Cartera Day of Community Service on Thursday, May 3rd, with more than 200 employees participating to help those in need in Atlanta and Boston. In partnership with Open Hand Atlanta, Cartera employees will take a break from their day jobs to help prepare, package and deliver food in Atlanta. In Boston, Cartera employees will commute into Hyde Park to help City Year Boston on a beautification project at the Hyde Park Education Complex.

"When we started our Day of Service in 2010, we had 35 employees participate. This year we'll have nearly six times that many, with 200 Cartera employees taking a day off from work to lend a hand to those in need in our communities," said president and CEO Tom Beecher. "The evolution of this event speaks not only to Cartera's rapid growth, but to the willingness and enthusiasm our employees have to better their communities and help those in need. While it's only one day, it helps improve the lives of others in Atlanta and Boston, and gives our employees a unique opportunity to give back."

Open Hand Atlanta's Prepared Meals Program provides freshly cooked meals, combined with snacks or supplements for low-income men, women and children who are dealing with a critical, chronic, or terminal disease; and homebound seniors. The Cartera team will be working on sorting, preparing and delivering nutritional meals throughout the day. From culinary and preparation work to packaging and delivering meals to clients' doors, employees will assist in every aspect of Open Hand's program to feed those in need.

In Boston, Cartera employees will be working to restore a building that was originally opened in 1928 as Hyde Park High School. The school, which later became the Hyde Park Education Complex, was closed at the end of the 2010-2011 academic year. This coming fall, the facility will re-open and serve as two new high schools. The Cartera team will partner with City Year to harness the power of volunteers to repaint the entire complex and ensure that these two schools are moving into a building that is fresh, full of life, and one they proudly call their own.

About City Year Boston
Founded in Boston in 1988, City Year brings young adults together for a year of full-time service, giving them the skills and opportunities to change the communities around them. As tutors, mentors and role models, these diverse young leaders help children stay in school and on track, and transform schools and communities across the United States, as well as through international affiliates in Johannesburg, South Africa and London, England. City Year is a member of AmeriCorps. For more information, please visit www.cityyear.org

About Open Hand
Located in Atlanta, Open Hand has been servicing the community around them. Their mission and main focus is to provide nutritious home-delivered meals to those in need. Opened over 22 years ago, the non-profit organization provides nutrition care to a diverse population of men, women and children with unique nutrition needs.

About Cartera Commerce
Cartera Commerce is the leading provider of card-linked marketing solutions that increase revenue and customer loyalty for merchants, banks, card issuers and loyalty programs. For merchants, Cartera powers OfferLinkSM, the industry's largest card-linked advertising network that markets offers to more than 150 million consumers -- including 65 million active linked cards -- to help acquire and retain customers. For banks, card issuers and loyalty programs, Cartera provides the industry's most comprehensive card-linked offer platform that powers personalized in-store and online shopping programs to build consumer engagement, maximize card spend and create new revenue streams. Three of the top four largest financial institutions, all five largest airlines and thousands of merchant advertisers drive incremental revenue with Cartera's fully-managed, performance-based solutions. The company is headquartered in Lexington, MA and has significant operations in Atlanta, GA. For more information, visit www.cartera.com.

Cartera Press Contact:
Jessica Hoffman
Cartera Commerce
Phone: 925-296-6161
Email: Email Contact

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