FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 23, 2005
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First Citizens Announces Relief Fund for Local Katrina Evacuees: Proceeds to Benefit Central Carolina Community Foundation Outreach
September 23, 2005, Columbia, S.C. — First Citizens has announced a matching-donation fundraising campaign to aid the estimated 5,000 Hurricane Katrina victims evacuated or temporarily relocated to South Carolina and Georgia. Pledging a dollar-for-dollar match on donations, up to $25,000, the bank established an account to accept contributions throughout its South Carolina and Georgia offices, and is working with the Central Carolina Community Foundation (CCCF) to distribute contributions through local, designated humanitarian organizations providing food, shelter and other emergency relief for Katrina evacuees.
First Citizens will accept cash and check donations from the public. Checks should be payable to the First Citizens Katrina Relief at Home Fund, or made out to First Citizens provided the check’s memo line indicates “Katrina Relief at Home.”
“We take to heart the old homily that charity begins at home,” said First Citizens Chairman and CEO Jim Apple. “In the true spirit of community banking, First Citizens is reaching out to our Gulf Coast neighbors who have come to South Carolina and Georgia following the worst natural disaster in American history. We welcome these survivors with open arms, and pledge to help local relief efforts on their behalf through collected donations.”
“In hosting Katrina victims, South Carolina has also embraced the long- and short-term financial commitment these evacuees will need as they rebuild shattered lives,” said CCCF President and CEO Marjorie Gilbert. “First Citizens is demonstrating its state-wide commitment by helping the Foundation ensure that our relief organizations have the resources needed for this mission.”
CCCF is a non-profit, community organization serving Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda and Sumter counties. Its Hurricane Katrina outreach benefits organizations including the Salvation Army and Cooperative Ministries.
First Citizens Bancorporation, Inc. is a three-bank financial holding company headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina, with $4.99 billion in total consolidated assets as of June 30, 2005. For more information, visit the First Citizens website at www.firstcitizensonline.com.