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Synovus and Columbus-area banks raise just over $500,000 for local United Way

BY TONY ADAMS

tadams@ledger-enquirer.com

Attending the $506,986 check presentation Thursday is (l-r) Kessel Stelling, Synovus chairman and chief executive officer, Billy Blanchard, president and CEO of Columbus Bank and Trust, Scott Ferguson, president and CEO of United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley, Becky Fletcher, vice president of resource development with United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley, and Wade Burford, president and CEO of CB&T of East Alabama.
Attending the $506,986 check presentation Thursday is (l-r) Kessel Stelling, Synovus chairman and chief executive officer, Billy Blanchard, president and CEO of Columbus Bank and Trust, Scott Ferguson, president and CEO of United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley, Becky Fletcher, vice president of resource development with United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley, and Wade Burford, president and CEO of CB&T of East Alabama.

Synovus Financial Corp. and its Columbus-area banks have topped their $500,000 goal for assisting United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley.

The Columbus-based bank said Thursday that it raised pledges of $506,986 for United Way’s 2015 campaign, with the money coming from Synovus and its two local financial institutions, Columbus Bank and Trust and CB&T of East Alabama. The latter is based in Phenix City. The company said about 60 percent of its local employees made donations to the campaign dubbed, “What’s Your Dream ...”

United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley has set a goal of $7,011,000 for 2015, with it saying in December that it had reached $6.3 million. A campaign “celebration” is scheduled Tuesday at Troy University in Phenix City.

The organization assists financially about 50 programs operated by 26 agencies in the Georgia counties of Muscogee, Chattahoochee, Harris, Marion, Stewart, Talbot and Taylor, and Russell County in Alabama.

“Strengthening the communities we serve has always been one of the highest callings of our company, and I am honored to work with a team that is so passionate about and dedicated to meeting the needs of others each and every day,” Synovus Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kessel Stelling said in a statement.

Synovus handles about $29 billion in assets through its 28 banks in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee. It operates 257 branches and 336 ATMs altogether.

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