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Bank Gives "Classroom Cash" to 35 Teachers - and a $2,000 Grand Prize Shopping Spree


RALEIGH, N.C. - May 19, 2008 - RBC Bank recently announced the winners of its Tribute to Teachers program, which awarded a total of $17,500 to 35 teachers throughout the bank's Southeast footprint.

This year, in addition to the 35 prizes of $500, the bank awarded one lucky teacher the grand prize - a $2,000 classroom shopping spree at Stone's Education Superstore in Raleigh, N.C. This is the second year the bank has randomly chosen a grand prize winner.

"The Tribute to Teachers program is designed to reward the very best educators in the Southeast," said Scott Custer, RBC Bank chairman and CEO. "We are proud to honor these exceptional teachers with this award, and we applaud their enthusiasm. They are dedicated to their students' success and are inspirational leaders in the classroom and local communities."

Alabama teachers were invited to participate in the program this year for the first time following the bank's AmSouth and Alabama National Bancorporation (ANB) acquisitions. Almost 12 percent of the nominations received were from Alabama.

Tribute to Teachers began in 2004 in partnership with the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) as a way to recognize elementary and middle school teachers who demonstrate exceptional leadership in the classroom and in their communities.

Thirty-five teachers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia will each receive $500 to use toward the purchase of classroom learning tools, such as art supplies and audio-visual learning aids. More than 2,500 nominations were received from the Southeast, a significant increase from the 1,800 the bank received last year. Students, students' parents and other local residents nominated a variety of teachers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership through an online application.

This year's winners are:

  • Candice Bartell (Cocoa Beach, Fla.)
  • Catherine Gann (Newton, N.C.)
  • Cathy Phillips (Bay Minette, Ala.)
  • Charles Stephenson (Lenoir, N.C.)
  • Dana Hudson (Decatur, Ala.)
  • Dave Hufford (Oviedo, Fla.)
  • Elisabeth Beckwith (Atlanta, Ga.)
  • Elizabeth Mauzy (Raleigh, N.C.)
  • Gail Teem (Wake Forest, N.C.)
  • Jane Beach (Bradenton, Fla.)
  • Janet Ellis (Wetumpka, Ala.)
  • Jessica Harrington (Ayden, N.C.)
  • Karen Buhrman (Asheboro, N.C.)
  • Kathy Matthews (Ahoskie, N.C.)
  • Kimberley Wakefield (Semmes, Ala.)
  • Kristin Rinebold (Waxhaw, N.C.)
  • Kristyn Cain (Daphne, Ala.)
  • Lacy Hutchens (Virginia Beach, Va.)
  • Lana Underwood (New Market, Ala.)
  • Marguerite Larche (Mobile, Ala.)
  • Melanie Miller (Highlands, N.C.)
  • Michele Starnes (Alpharetta, Ga.)
  • Molly Jo McKnight Barnes (Buxton, N.C.)
  • Nadia Madrid (Smyrna, Ga.)
  • Nancy Ayscue (Nashville, N.C.)
  • Nancy Gasper (Spring Lake, N.C.)
  • Nicole Teaver (LaGrange, Ga.)
  • Patti O'Brien (Saint Cloud, Fla.)
  • Patty Duncan (McDonough, Ga.)
  • Robbie Beeler (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
  • Stefanie Wieland (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
  • Susan Lanier (Hampstead, N.C.)
  • Terrie Purvis (Mobile, Ala.)
  • Tom Boyd (Montgomery, Ala.)
  • Wayne Weinstein (Miramar, Fla.)


"It really was an opportunity of a lifetime," said Holly Humphreys, a teacher at South Topsail Elementary School in Hampstead, N.C., and last year's winner of the grand prize shopping spree. "Just to be able to spend money for things that I need for my kids in the classroom without any rules, it was wonderful!"

The Tribute to Teachers program is part of RBC Bank's ongoing commitment to education. Since 2002, the bank has donated more than $1.25 million to a variety of colleges and educational programs. In addition to Tribute to Teachers, RBC Bank partners with Communities in Schools (CIS) to actively sponsor meaningful academic programs. RBC Bank challenges individuals to support CIS by making individual donations to help keep kids in school through the RBC Bank Invest in Success campaign, which is the largest dropout prevention program in North Carolina.

RBC Bankis experiencing a time of growth and change. The bank recently completed the ANB acquisition on Feb. 25, which is the third in the past year, bringing RBC Bank to 430 banking centers, 6,000 employees and $33 billion in assets. Also, on April 4, the bank changed its name from RBC Centura to RBC Bank to better align with its parent company, RBC.

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RBC Bank, headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., offers a wide range of financial services and advice, including a complete line of banking, and mortgage services to individuals, businesses and public institutions throughout the Southeast. RBC Bank's client access network includes more than 430 full-service banking centers, an extensive ATM network, and telephone and online banking. In addition, RBC Bank offers builder finance products through its RBC Builder Finance division. RBC Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) (RY on the TSX and NYSE), Canada's largest bank as measured by assets and market capitalization. RBC is also one of the world's financial, social and environmental corporate leaders for the past eight years as on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. Additional information about RBC Bank may be found at


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Jamie Mitchell/RBC Bank
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