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August 06, 2013

St. George Location Raises Most Dollars For Souper Bowl of Caring

ST. GEORGE, SC (August 6, 2013) – The St. George office 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.

The St. George office raised $20,014.16, signed up 2 community groups to help raise funds, and volunteered for 9 hours.

“The Souper Bowl competition is always fierce, but Jessica did an excellent job organizing and leading our team,” said John Welch, senior vice president and area executive.

The SCBT St. George Office chose to donate their funds to Upper Dorchester County Community Food Bank.

St. George’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 8-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 6,985 pounds of canned goods and also volunteered 480.75 hours in their local communities. This year’s competition contributed a total of $93,242.81 to feed hungry people – 100% of which goes directly back into the local community.

“Our team captains led 79 teams across three states. They held over 200 fundraising events and signed up 34 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 2013 Souper Bowl Chairman.

“Over the last eight years, our company and its employees, collectively, have contributed $422,616 to organizations that feed hungry people in their local communities,” said John Windley, president, SCBT.

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. The dollars and food items collected are contributed 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 eight 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.

First Financial Holdings, Inc., (NASDAQ: SCBT) Columbia, South Carolina is a registered bank holding company incorporated under the laws of South Carolina. The Company consists of SCBT, the Bank and the following divisions: NCBT, Community Bank & Trust, The Savannah Bank, and First Federal. The Bank also operates Minis & Co., Inc. and First Southeast 401k Fiduciaries, both registered investment advisors; and First Southeast Investor Services, a wholly owned broker dealer. Providing financial services for over 79 years, First Financial Holdings, Inc. operates 146 locations in 19 South Carolina counties, 12 Georgia counties and 4 North Carolina counties. First Financial Holdings, Inc. has assets of approximately $8.0 billion and its stock is traded under the symbol SCBT in the NASDAQ Global Select Market.


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