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GODIVA and Lady Godiva Honoree & Beginning Over Foundation to Ring The NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell

Thursday, September 12, 2013

GODIVA and Lady Godiva Honoree & Beginning Over Foundation to Ring The NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell

07:00 EDT Thursday, September 12, 2013

ADVISORY, Sept. 12, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

What:

GODIVA and the Lady Godiva Program which celebrates inspirational women around the worldwho embody the attributes of Lady Godiva through selflessness, generosity, leadership and the spirit of giving-back to the community are proud to partner with Beginning Over Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing individuals and families affected by domestic violence and domestic homicide with the vital financial support and peer based programs designed to educate, heal, empower, inspire and assist in rebuilding their lives in the face of tragedy. GODIVA and Beginning Over Foundation will visit the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square.

In honor of the occasion, CEO of GODIVA Chocolatier, Jim Goldman & Beginning Over founder, Heidi Markow will ring the Closing Bell.

Where:

NASDAQ MarketSite – 4 Times Square – 43rd & Broadway – Broadcast Studio

When:

Friday, September 13, 2013 – 3:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Contact :

Cindy Tanenbaum
(917) 538-1259
cindy.tanenbaum@gmail.com

Taylor Gowdy
ALISON BROD PUBLIC RELATIONS
(212) 230-1800
Taylor@alisonbrodpr.com

NASDAQ MarketSite:

Christine Barna
(646) 441-5310
Christine.Barna@nasdaqomx.com

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Webcast:

A live webcast of the NASDAQ Closing Bell will be available at: http://www.nasdaq.com/about/marketsitetowervideo.asx.

Photos:

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About Beginning Over Foundation

The Beginning Over Foundation offers survivors of domestic violence and domestic homicide support and long term solutions as they rebuild their lives.

The mission of the Beginning Over Foundation is to provide individuals and families affected by domestic violence and domestic homicide with the vital financial support and peer based programs designed to educate, heal, empower, inspire and assist in rebuilding their lives in the face of tragedy. We work to connect individuals and families affected by domestic violence and homicide in order to promote healing, cultivate personal growth, and help raise awareness of domestic violence. Our mission is to positively impact as many lives touched by domestic violence and homicide as possible.

About: Lady GODIVA Program:

In November 2011, GODIVA Chocolatier announced a new global, corporate philanthropy initiative, the "Lady GODIVA Program," which celebrates inspirational women around the world who embody the attributes of Lady Godiva through selflessness, generosity, leadership and the spirit of giving-back to the community. Lauren Bush Lauren, Chief FEEDer and Co-Founder of FEED Projects LLC, was named the program's first National Honoree for her work to create good products that help FEED the world. To date, FEED Projects and the FEED Foundation have provided over 60 million school meals to children living in 62 of the poorest countries in the world through the UN World Food Programme (WFP) school feeding program, which reaches an average of 22 million school children a day.

To coincide with the national program, GODIVA launched the "Local Lady GODIVA Program," in April, which recognizes and awards women in local communities who make a difference. Each season, GODIVA fans can nominate a Local Lady GODIVA and through online public voting, three regional finalists are chosen each season and receive a $1,000 grant to help support their cause. At the end of the year, one Annual Local Lady GODIVA Honoree will be chosen from the nine regional Honoree sand will receive a $10,000 grant to support her work. To nominate or vote for a Local Lady GODIVA, please visit http://www.ladygodivaprogram.com.

When the GODIVA brand was founded, the company sought a name that embodied the timeless qualities of passion, style and modern boldness, and found it in the legend of Lady GODIVA. Now, as the company looks to the future with the creation of the Lady GODIVA Program, it was only natural to once again draw inspiration from the story of one woman's act of generosity. With the creation of the Lady GODIVA Program, we are able to help support the causes that matter to women, both globally and locally, and inspire others to give back as well.

About Godiva Chocolatier:

GODIVA was founded more than 85 years ago in Brussels, Belgium and since then, has grown to become the global leader in premium chocolates. GODIVA is one of the most widely recognized chocolate brands in the world, and one that consumers universally associate with prestige, elegance and quality. From its famous truffles and shell-molded pieces to its individually wrapped chocolates and innovative chocolate collections, GODIVA Chocolatier is dedicated to excellence in the Belgian tradition. GODIVA is now available around the world with more than 500 boutiques in over 70 countries defining itself as the destination for chocolate. www.GODIVA.com.

About NASDAQ OMX Group:

The inventor of the electronic exchange, The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc., fuels economies and provides transformative technologies for the entire lifecycle of a trade - from risk management to trade to surveillance to clearing. In the U.S. and Europe, we own and operate 26 markets including 3 clearinghouses and 5 central securities depositories supporting equities, options, fixed income, derivatives, commodities, futures and structured products. Able to process more than 1 million messages per second at sub-55 microsecond average speeds with 99.99% uptime, our technology drives more than 70 marketplaces in 50 developed and emerging countries into the future, powering 1 in 10 of the world's securities transactions. Our award-winning data products and worldwide indexes are the benchmarks in the financial industry. Home to approximately 3,300 listed companies worth $6 trillion in market cap whose innovations shape our world, we give the ideas of tomorrow access to capital today. Welcome to where the world takes a big leap forward, daily. Welcome to the NASDAQ OMX Century. To learn more, visit www.nasdaqomx.com. Follow us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/NASDAQ) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/nasdaqomx). (Symbol: NDAQ and member of S&P 500)

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