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May 14, 2009

SCBT Employees Raise $43,736.30 for Souper Bowl of Caring

SCBT employees, customers and friends banded together to raise a total of $43,736.30 statewide for the Souper Bowl of Caring.  All funds go directly to the local areas in which they were raised.

Employees of the Columbia and Lexington offices raise $2,744.95 for SisterCare, which will be presented at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, May 15th at SCBT's office at 520 Gervais Street.  Jack Goettee, SCBT Midlands regional president will have to present the money wearing a kilt.  Nancy Barton, executive director for SisterCare will accept the check.   The official Tartan kilt is provided by The Citadel courtesy of Jim Belahay, director of The Citadel Pipe Band.  

Goettee was the "winner" of a contest conducted by one of the Columbia teams where employees paid $1 per vote for the person they most wanted to see in a kilt.  The kilt competition raised $2,022.00, which is included in the total above.  Goettee will be wearing an official Tartan kilt provided by The Citadel Pipe Band. 

The Columbia and Lexington teams who selected SisterCare as their charity were the Gervais office, the Northeast office, the Lexington office, marketing, executive management, correspondent banking, audit and compliance. The funds were raised through various creative projects, including the Kilt Competition, soup sales, basket raffles, and bake sales. 

Over all, the Midlands area teams raised $6,917.60.  In addition to SisterCare, two other charities selected were Sharing God’s Love and Palmetto Place.

For the past four years, SCBT employees have divided up into teams for a statewide competition to see which team can raise the most for the Souper Bowl of Caring.  The teams compete for bragging rights plus a $2,500 bonus prize for their chosen charity.   A branch from the city of Walterboro has won the competition all four years.

“I am so proud of our employees,” said Robert R. Hill, Jr, SCBT CEO. “Their efforts have raised a bank-wide total of $161,794.51 for charities in their area since the partnership began in 2005.  Raising over $40,000 is quite an accomplishment, especially in the current economic environment ”

“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 Hill. “This way, 100 percent of the funds stay in the communities in which they were raised.”

These 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.

There were 53 teams total that competed.  In addition to the funds raised, the teams signed up 12 companies to also raise money, and volunteered for 121.50 hours at local organizations that feed the hungry. 

“We are grateful for the support and partnership of South Carolina Bank and Trust, and I applaud their creative approach to helping people in need throughout the state,” said Tracy Bender, Interim Director of Souper Bowl of Caring. “SCBT should be proud not only of the money raised for nonprofits, but also for their efforts in bringing customers and employees together for a common cause.”

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 $60 million for charity.  Last year, 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.

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 third largest bank headquartered in South Carolina and NCBT, a Division of SCBT, N.A.   Providing financial services for nearly 75 years, SCBT Financial Corporation operates 50 financial centers in 16 South Carolina counties and Mecklenburg County in North Carolina.   SCBT Financial Corporation has assets of approximately $2.8 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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