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June 10, 2011

SCBT Columbiana Drive Office Raises Money for the Souper Bowl of Caring

Columbia, SC  - The South Carolina Bank and Trust Columbiana Drive office’s employees, customers and friends showed what teamwork really means by working together and raising money to support the Souper Bowl of Caring project.

The SCBT Columbiana Drive office raised a total of $299.37, which it has chosen to donate to Sharing God’s Love, a non-profit organization established in 1984 as a local cooperative ministry that works with community families facing emergencies related to their basic living needs.

The efforts of the SCBT Columbiana Drive office were only part of the SCBT partnership with the Super Bowl of Caring to raise money for needy and hungry people across South Carolina. SCBT was a pioneer in partnering with the Souper Bowl of Caring to raise awareness and funds through collections at each of the branches and internal departments. The project also encouraged employees to spread the word in their communities and to recruit others to get involved.

SCBT raised a total of $39,973.75, volunteered for 380 hours and collected 6,032 lbs of food. All total, SCBT raised $46,005.75, contributed to help hungry people across South Carolina.

The Souper Bowl of Caring was founded in 1990 by the youth group at a Columbia, SC church, to help hungry people across South Carolina. The original vision was to see Super Bowl Sunday transformed from its emphasis on professional football into a day of giving and serving. The concept – which challenged some of the 140 million people who watch the Super Bowl to give just $1 to help people in need in their area – has raised more than $50 million for charity. In 2005, the Souper Bowl of Caring partnered with SCBT in a move to include businesses around the state. The program was so successful, they decided to continue their partnership.

“The Souper Bowl of Caring is a wonderful organization that contributes to people all over the country,” said DeeDee Kehl, branch manager of the SCBT Columbiana Drive office. “It is important that we support our own community and that is why we decided to donate the money to Sharing God’s Love.”  
 
“We are so proud of our teams this year,” said John Windley, president of SCBT. “Their efforts have been tremendous especially in the current economic climate. Souper Bowl of Caring is a good fit for SCBT because we are here to help our local communities and the funds raised are donated to local charities.”

SCBT Financial Corporation, Columbia, South Carolina is a registered bank holding company incorporated under the laws of South Carolina.  The Company consists of SCBT, N.A., the second largest bank headquartered in South Carolina; SCBT of the Piedmont, a Division of SCBT, N.A.; NCBT, a Division of SCBT, N.A.; and Community Bank & Trust, a Division of SCBT, N.A.   Providing financial services for over 76 years, SCBT Financial Corporation operates 81 locations in 17 South Carolina counties, 11 North Georgia counties, and Mecklenburg County in North Carolina.   Named in Forbes as one of the 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America for more than 60 months, SCBT Financial Corporation has assets of approximately $4.0 billion and its stock is traded under the symbol SCBT in the NASDAQ Global Select Market.  More information can be found at www.SCBTonline.com.

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