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April 18, 2011

Walterboro Raises Most Dollars for Souper Bowl of Caring for 6th Consecutive Year

WALTERBORO, SC – The Walterboro offices of South Carolina Bank and Trust have good reason to be proud today.  Employees, customers and friends banded together to raise more money than any other SCBT city in the Carolinas for the Souper Bowl of Caring project.  This was the sixth consecutive year that the Walterboro offices of SCBT raised more money than the other office in SCBT’s two state banking network.

Not only do they get bragging rights, but the Walterboro Jefferies Boulevard office also gets an additional $2,000 from the bank to distribute to its chosen charities for coming in first place in the overall category and in two other categories.  

“We want to dedicate our 6th Souper Bowl victory and, more importantly, the thousands of dollars raised through the hundreds of hours worked in memory of Ms. Margaret Peters,” said Lee Petrolawicz, senior vice president and Colleton County executive.  “Ms. Margaret has been a part of our Souper Bowl of Caring event every year and has always sat patiently for her turn to stump for the cause.  When given the opportunity to speak, Ms. Margaret’s voice would quiet the crowd and give renewed energy to our efforts to feed the less fortunate in Colleton County.  Ms. Margaret’s love for her community and willingness to give aid to her neighbors will forever be missed.”

Peters, who passed away on March 7, 2011, represented Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church each year at the Souper Bowl of Caring presentation.

The Walterboro Robertson Boulevard office raised $8123.91, signed up six community groups to help raise funds, volunteered for 13 hours and collected 1,290 lbs of food.  The Walterboro Jefferies office raised $1669.18.   All total, the Walterboro offices raised $13,083.09 for their local charities.

SCBT’s Walterboro offices have raised a total of $67,723.09 over the past six years for charities in the Walterboro area.

Walterboro’s efforts were only part of the SCBT partnership with the Souper 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.

The SCBT Walterboro offices have chosen to donate their funds to Bethel United Methodist - Ruffin, Edgewood Baptist, Green Pond Baptist, Great Swamp Baptist, Heavenly Baptist, Mt. Carmel United Methodist, Tabor United Methodist Church, Bethlehem Missionary Baptist, Springtown United Methodist, Ebenezer United Methodist Church, Shiloh Baptist Church, and Bethel United Methodist MYF.  Each of the chosen recipient groups host food banks for persons of need.  The charities will use the donated money to help fund their respective food banks.

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.

“What makes the Souper Bowl of Caring a good fit for SCBT is that funds raised are donated to charities in the local communities,” said Dane Murray, SCBT division executive for Orangeburg and Lowcountry. “This way, 100 percent of the funds stay in the communities in which they were raised.”

“I am so proud of our employees,” Murray added. “Their efforts have raised a bank-wide total of $45,344.15 for this worthwhile effort in 2011.”

“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.”

“We are very excited about winning for the 6th year in a row,” said Vickie Tripp, Walterboro Robertson team leader. “We have a great community. We are so proud of their willingness to help out in any way they can and we could not have done it without them.”

“Over the past six years, the SCBT branches in Walterboro have raised over $65,000 and have spent countless hours packing and delivering food for the Souper Bowl of Caring project.  We are neighbors helping neighbors by helping to feed the less fortunate in Colleton County.  This is how a true community bank serves its community,” said   Petrolawicz.    

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 76 locations in 17 South Carolina counties, 10 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 $3.6 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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