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South State Donates $10,000 to Support Georgia Families

South State Bank Family Connections Donation

South State Bank team members from the Blue Ridge branch recently donated $5,000 to the Fannin County Family Connection. Pictured (l-r) are South State bankers Haven Flowers, Monica Payne and Branch Manager Tony Dyer with Sherry Morris of Fannin County Family Connection and banker Brittany Nations, South State Bank.

COLUMBIA, S.C. – (Nov. 16, 2018) – South State Bank has donated $5,000 to Family Connection in both Fannin County and Gilmer County, Georgia.

“Georgia has the unique advantage of having a statewide network in Family Connection – the only one of its kind in the nation – dedicated to the health and well-being of families and communities,” said Joseph Brice, South State retail area manager. “At South State, we believe strong families are the key to strong communities and vibrant economies. We are pleased to be able to further the resources of Family Connection in Fannin and Gilmer counties, where we live and work.”

Merle Naylor, director of the Gilmer County Family Connection, receives a $5,000 check from East Ellijay Branch Manager Eddie Temple.

“The vision of Family Connection is ‘a community of safe and healthy families,’ and we strive every day to make sure our disadvantaged families have food for nourishment, a place to come to find resources, financial aid and clothing,” said Sherry Morris, director of Fannin County Family Connection. “South State Bank has a service motto of ‘taking the time to get things just right so that our communities thrive.’ The mission and way of doing business at Family Connection and that of South State Bank are closely aligned, and each organization works for the benefit of the community.”

“Gilmer Family Connection is both honored and humbled that we were chosen to receive the very generous donation from South State Bank,” said Merle Howell Naylor, director of Gilmer Family Connection. “We believe that everyone has the ability to become productive citizens, and our goal is to help people reach their potential by empowering our children and families. The funds will be used to continue supporting our youth and families through programs like Teen Maze, Reality Day, Christmas Campaign and growing our community partnerships.”

South State Bank Family Connections Donation

Haven Flowers, senior teller at the Blue Ridge South State Bank branch, helped unload more than 300 turkeys, which will be provided to families in need this holiday season, thanks to Family Connection.

In addition to donating funds, South State bankers in both counties are volunteering with Family Connection to serve families in the community. Recently, bankers in Fannin County helped unload more than 300 turkeys that will be distributed to those in need over the holidays. The South State Branch in East Ellijay will be collecting holiday gifts that will be distributed by Gilmer County Family Connection to children in need. They also plan to participate in a “reality day,” which teaches financial literacy concepts, hosted by Gilmer County Family Connection in 2019.

South State Corporation (NASDAQ: SSB) is a financial services company headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina, with over $14 billion in assets. South State Bank, the company’s primary subsidiary, provides consumer, commercial, mortgage and wealth management solutions throughout the Carolinas, Georgia and Virginia. South State has served customers since 1934. Additional information is available at