updated 5/19/2011 10:17:10 AM ET 2011-05-19T14:17:10

ADVISORY, May 19, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

What:

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will visit the NASDAQ MarketSite in New York City's Times Square to kick off National Safe Boating Week. Prior to the bell, coast Guard Auxiliary members will demonstrate the "Ready Set Inflate" program to raise awareness of the importance of wearing a lifejacket. 

To promote National Safe Boating Week, First Southern District Commodore Hal Marschall will ring the Opening Bell.

Where:

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

When:

Friday, May 20th, 2011 – 9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. ET       

Contact:

District Staff Officer Public Affairs
Dee Thompson
Scottieth@comcast.net
(732) 321-0760

NASDAQ MarketSite:
Jen Knapp
(212) 401-8916
Jennifer.knapp@nasdaqomx.com

Feed Information:

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Webcast:

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

Photos:

To obtain a hi-resolution photograph of the Market Open, please go to http://www.nasdaq.com/reference/marketsite_events.stm and click on the market open of your choice.

About United States Coast Guard Auxiliary National Safe Boating Week:

To kick off National Safe Boating Week Coast Guard Auxiliary members will demonstrate the "Ready Set Inflate" program at the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square to raise awareness of the importance of wearing a lifejacket. It is recommended that everyone check out these inflatable life jackets prior to purchase as there are various types (automatic and manual) and are currently not recommended for minors, white water or turbulent water conditions. This life jacket initiative is part of an intensive safe boating effort to minimize loss of life, personal injury, property damage and environmental impact associated with the use of recreational boats.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary continues this campaign throughout the year to improve the knowledge, skills and abilities of recreational boaters; with educational boating safety classes, free vessel examinations, marine dealer visitation, Kids don't Float Displays (free loaner life jackets), Kids in Water educational programs and Marine Environmental presentations.

Across the nation there are over 32,000 members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, they are known as the Force Multiplier of the United States Coast Guard. They conduct on the water Patrols for Clear Channel, Search and Rescue and Maritime Safety. They handle on water perimeter security for: Regattas, Fireworks, Air Shows, Boat Races and Accidents. They conduct interactive training missions with Coast Guard vessels and many members work at Coast Guard Stations and on Cutters. They have an excellent Interpreter Program, Chef Program and an outstanding Auxiliary Air Unit that performs search and rescue, ice breaking missions and safety and security patrols.

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About NASDAQ OMX:

The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. is the world's largest exchange company. It delivers trading, exchange technology and public company services across six continents, with more than 3,500 listed companies. NASDAQ OMX offers multiple capital raising solutions to companies around the globe, including its U.S. listings market, NASDAQ OMX Nordic, NASDAQ OMX Baltic, NASDAQ OMX first North, and the U.S. 144A sector. The company offers trading across multiple asset classes including equities, derivatives, debt, commodities, structured products and exchange-traded funds. NASDAQ OMX technology supports the operations of over 70 exchanges, clearing organizations and central securities depositories in more than 50 countries. NASDAQ OMX Nordic and NASDAQ OMX Baltic are not legal entities but describe the common offering from NASDAQ OMX exchanges in Helsinki, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Iceland, Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius. For more information about NASDAQ OMX, visit http://www.nasdaqomx.com . *Please follow NASDAQ OMX on Facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/pages/NASDAQ-OMX/108167527653 ) and Twitter ( http://www.twitter.com/nasdaqomx ).

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