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May 08, 2012

Walterboro Raises Most Dollars For Souper Bowl of Caring for Seventh Consecutive Year

Walterboro, SC - For a seventh consecutive year the Walterboro offices of South Carolina Bank and Trust raised more money for the Souper Bowl of Caring than any other office in SCBT’s three state banking network.

Walterboro employeesFor the 7th consecutive year, a team from Walterboro has won the SCBT Souper Bowl of Caring.  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 in 2012.  Over the past seven years SCBT’s Walterboro offices have raised a total of $67,723.09 for charities in the Walterboro area.

“This year’s competition was fierce.  However, the Walterboro community and our local SCBT team proved once again that we’ve got more heart!  I thank the local churches, businesses and team captains, Casey Beach, Chessie Asbelle and Brandy Crosby, for their great effort,” said Lee Petrolawicz, senior vice president and area executive.     

The SCBT Walterboro offices have chosen to donate their funds to Bethel United Methodist Church - Ruffin, Edgewood Baptist Church, Green Pond Baptist Church, Great Swamp Baptist Church, Peniel Baptist Church, Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, Tabor United Methodist Church, Faith Crossing Baptist Church, Springtown United Methodist Church, Ebenezer United Methodist Church, Shiloh Baptist Church, Bethel United Methodist MYF and Welch Creek Baptist Church.  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.

walterboro employeesWalterboro’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.

Through its 7-year partnership with the Souper Bowl of Caring, employees at SCBT in South Carolina, NCBT in North Carolina and Community Bank & Trust in Georgia form teams that compete to win over $3,000 in donations to the charity of their choice.  

In addition to collecting cash donations in branches, employees conducted various fundraising activities, collected 14,596 pounds of canned goods and also volunteer 626 hours in their local communities.   This year’s competition was the most successful one on record, raising $105,846 – 100% of which goes directly back into the local community.  

“Our team captains led 76 teams across three states. They held 202 fundraising events and signed up 66 new groups to assist our campaign to stamp out hunger in the communities we serve.  We are so proud of all the efforts by our staff, volunteers, our friends and customers. It was a tremendously successful effort,” said Mike Coggin, SCBT 2012 Souper Bowl Chairman.

According to Stewart Rawson, Director of Development for the Souper Bowl of Caring organization, SCBT Financial Corporation ranked 7th in the nation in amount raised through the Souper Bowl of Caring annual fund drive for this fiscal year.  

“When we as an organization are cutting back due to the down economy, it is a great testament to the culture of our company and to our employees that they have raised more than $105,000 to help those less fortunate in our local communities,” said SCBT Financial Corporation CEO Robert Hill. “Over the last seven years, our company and its employees, collectively, have contributed almost $330,000 to the Souper Bowl of Caring.”

Souper Bowl of Caring, which started at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC, is a nationwide movement of congregations, schools, community organizations and compassionate individuals working together to fight hunger and poverty on or around the time of the Super Bowl football game. This year over $9.5 million in dollars and food items has been collected, with 100 percent going directly to hunger-relief charities.  More than $90 million has been collected since the program began in 1990.

“We are so proud of the work we’ve done with SCBT over the past seven years.  The SCBT team goes above and beyond each year to prove that everyone can do something to help those who are hungry and hurting and that’s what Souper Bowl of Caring is all about,” said Tracy Bender, president and CEO of the Souper Bowl of Caring.

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 largest publicly traded bank headquartered in South Carolina; NCBT, a division of SCBT, N.A., and Community Bank & Trust, a division of SCBT, N.A.  Providing financial services for over 78 years, SCBT Financial Corporation operates 76 locations in 19 South Carolina counties, 10 northeast Georgia counties, and Mecklenburg County in North Carolina.  SCBT Financial Corporation has assets of approximately $4.5 billion and its stock is traded under the symbol SCBT in the NASDAQ Global Select Market. 

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