updated 3/22/2011 8:17:42 AM ET 2011-03-22T12:17:42

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 22, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BankAtlantic, Florida's Most Convenient Bank, announced today that it is pleased to partner with the Children's Services Council of Broward County in support of the upcoming "Broward AWARE! Protecting OUR Children" Family Fun and Resource Day.

In conjunction with Child Abuse Prevention Month and as part of the "Broward AWARE! Protecting OUR Children" campaign, children and families can enjoy a Family Fun and Resource Day with free entertainment, resources, prizes, food and refreshments, and the celebration and reminder of the importance of safe fun in children's lives.

"Families deserve to live in communities with resources and information that provide safe and healthy experiences for children, and children deserve to enjoy a childhood that allows for safe play, learning and nurturing," commented Ms. Sandra Bernard-Bastien, Director of Public Affairs and Organizational Development, Children's Services Council of Broward County. "We are very pleased to see the collaboration and partnering of the community organizations and the business community and thank them for their support and focus on the children in our community."

You're Invited!

The "Broward AWARE! Protecting OUR Children" Family Fun and Resource Day event will take place on Saturday, April 9, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Reverend Sam Delevoe Park, located at 2520 NW 6th Street, next to the African American Research Library and Cultural Center, in Fort Lauderdale. Corporate partners include Chick Fil' A, Domino's Pizza and the Pepsi Cola Co., who have donated food and refreshments. Raffle prizes, which include a bicycle, mini iPod, gift cards, toys, books, bike helmets and a laptop computer, have been generously donated by the Fort Lauderdale Community center.

"April is 'Child Abuse Prevention Month,' a time to raise awareness on preventing child abuse and acknowledging everyone's responsibility in preventing child abuse," commented Marcia Barry-Smith, Executive Director of the BankAtlantic Foundation.  "The 'Broward AWARE! Protecting OUR Children' Family Fun and Resource Day is a great way to raise awareness and to provide resources and information that can help reduce and eliminate child abuse and neglect in our community." 

"Broward AWARE! Protecting OUR Children" partners include the Children's Services Council, Department of Children and Families, ChildNet, Broward County Health Department, Broward Sheriff's Office, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies, Healthy Families, Broward County Public Schools, Broward County Sexual Assault Treatment Center, Broward County Human Trafficking Coalition, The Humanity Project, Volunteer Broward, Children's Home Society, 2-1-1 Broward, ARC Broward, Guardian ad Litem, Family Central, Chrysalis Center and more.

For information on Broward AWARE! events, visit http://www.211-broward.org/serv-BrowardAWARE.html or call 954-377-1119.

About the Children's Services Council of Broward County: The Children's Services Council of Broward County (the "CSC") focus is Broward's children. Created by the voters in September, 2000, we provide leadership, advocacy, and funding for services for and on behalf of children. Over 100 CSC programs are delivered by "provider" agencies that have clearly defined goals and outcomes and are regularly monitored for quality and performance. The CSC funds programs that have been proven to work. On average, the CSC gets less than 2 cents of every dollar paid in property taxes, which fund a wide variety of programs designed to help children lead a healthy, safe and productive life. And that, of course, makes a difference for all residents of Broward County. For additional information, please visit www.cscbroward.org

About BankAtlantic: BankAtlantic, Florida's Most Convenient Bank, is one of the largest financial institutions headquartered in Florida.  BankAtlantic was rated as having the "Highest in Customer Satisfaction in Florida for Retail Banking" based on the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Retail Banking Satisfaction Study™. Via its broad network of community branches and conveniently located ATMs, BankAtlantic provides a full line of personal, small business and commercial banking products and services.  BankAtlantic is open 7 days a week and offers extended weekday hours, Online Banking & Bill Pay, a 7-Day Customer Service Center, Change Exchange coin counters, as well as retail and business checking accounts. Member FDIC. For further information, please visit www.BankAtlantic.com

BankAtlantic Bancorp (NYSE:BBX) is a bank holding company and the parent company of BankAtlantic. For further information, please visit: www.BankAtlanticBancorp.com

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Except for historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this press release contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), that involve substantial risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those contemplated, expressed, or implied by the forward-looking statements contained herein. The Company cautions that the foregoing factors are not exclusive. Further, BankAtlantic received the highest numerical score among retail banks in Florida in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Retail Banking Satisfaction StudyTM. Study based on 47,673 total responses measuring 9 providers in Florida and measures opinions of consumers with their primary banking provider.  Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed in January 2010.  Your experiences may vary.  Visit jdpower.com.

CONTACT: CSC Broward Media contact:
         Andrew Leone
         (954) 377-1119
         Email: aleone@cscbroward.org
         
         BankAtlantic Contact Info:
         Sharon Lyn, V.P. Media Relations:
         954-940-6383
         Email:  CorpComm@BankAtlantic.com
         
         BankAtlantic Bancorp, Inc. Contact Info:
         Leo Hinkley, Media and Investor Relations Officer
         (954) 940-5300
         Email: InvestorRelations@BankAtlanticBancorp.com

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