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RBC Bank Awards Classroom Cash to 70 Teachers Across the Country

Bank Honors Teachers with $500 for Learning Tools - and Four Grand Prize Shopping Sprees  


RALEIGH, N.C. – June 29, 2010 – RBC Bank recently announced the winners of its seventh annual Tribute to Teachers program, which awarded a total of $43,000 to 70 teachers throughout the bank’s Southeast footprint as well as Minneapolis, Minn. and Oakland, Ca. For a second year, the bank partnered with sister company RBC Wealth Management to include 10 teachers in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul and in the Oakland and San Francisco Bay Area where RBC Wealth Management has ongoing partnerships with major universities to support other youth education and charitable initiatives.

“It’s important to recognize the hard work and personal dedication that teachers provide to our kids each school year,” said Reggie Davis, RBC Bank president. “With our Tribute to Teachers program, we are thrilled to reward some of the best educators in our communities with funds to help them improve their classrooms.”

Seventy teachers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Minneapolis, Minn. and Oakland, Ca. have been awarded $500 to use toward the purchase of classroom learning tools, such as art supplies and audio-visual learning aids. Four of these winners were randomly selected to also receive a $2,000 school supply shopping spree.

This year’s winners are:

In Alabama, Austin Boyd - Gulf Shores; Jennifer Bruno - Trussville; Shannon Cook - Decatur; Marie Diaz - Mobile; Maria Gronowski - Mobile; Bridgett Harrell - Moody; Paula Henderson - Satsuma; Tiffany Irby - Fairhope; Lana McGuff - Bayou La Batre; *Althenia Morrow-Tate - Northport; Cari Redwine - Hueytown; Becky Robertson - Ashland; Jesse Schmitt - Huntsville; and Ashley Wallsmith – Wetumpka.

In Florida, Tim Berry – Orlando; Perry Ann Andragna – Leesburg; Devin Bryant - Palm Coast; *Stephanie Gould-Olson – Osprey; Elizabeth Greene - Palm Beach; Cynthia Honey - Vero Beach; Debbie Irwin – Bradenton; Amy Isenhower – Port Saint Lucie; David Jones – Sarasota; Debora Kucko – Naples; Danielle Maxwell – Pembroke; Sandra Oliva - Palm Coast; Lynore Valenza - Boca Raton; and Quinn Wiggins – Gainesville.

In Georgia, Leigh Ann Bliss – Atlanta; *Jason Deas – Roswell; Calandra Eineker – Alpharetta; Sherry Harris – Marietta; Megan McMahon - Sandy Springs; Wanda Rademacher – Powder Springs; Lynn Smith – LaGrange; and Sue Thompson – Pinehurst.

In North Carolina, Jamie Bass – Edenton; Marea Bradley – Asheville; Jane Chalker – Highlands; Julie Ann Cummins – Fayetteville; Beth Curasi – Mebane; Sharon Curtis – Lillington; Laura Duncan – Roanoke Rapids; Tamika Glass – Henderson; Holly Grissom – Trinity; Mary Grace Kearney – Wilmington; Teresa Lewis – Mooresville; Susan Marshall – Greensboro; *Ryan Miller – Cary; Angie Neal – Gastonia; Kristy Priest – Asheboro; Melissa Smart – Durham; Denise Sonnie – Charlotte; Janet Spicer – Statesville; Jane Stober – Raleigh; Deborah Vance – Nashville; Laura White Carver – Winston-Salem; and Jennifer Zundel – Jacksonville.

In South Carolina, Jerri Coleman – Myrtle Beach.

In Virginia, Teresa Davis – Virginia Beach.

In California, Hillary Blackburn – Oakland; Tom Lippi – Kentfield; Cosmo Meija - San Jose; Glenn Mitchell - Castro Valley; and Chandra Sherr – Hercules.

In Minneapolis, Brent Frank – Minnetonka; Mary Hatrick – Burnsville; Greg Newgard – Minneapolis; Luanne Olson - Falcon Heights; and Ralph Sievert – Minneapolis.

*indicates Grand Prize winner, receiving an additional $2,000 shopping spree.

Winners and their nominations are also listed on RBC Bank’s Tribute to Teachers website, www.rbcbankusa.com/tribute.

“The RBC Bank Tribute to Teachers program demonstrates public appreciation for educators and provides funds for purchasing the materials teachers need to implement creative teaching and enhanced student learning,” said Stephanie Gould-Olsen, a fifth grade Language Arts and Science teacher at Pine View Elementary School in Sarasota, Fla., and a Tribute to Teachers grand prize winner. “I was flabbergasted that I would have this money to spend for materials to teach creatively.”

Tribute to Teachers began in 2004 as a way to recognize elementary and middle school teachers who demonstrate exceptional leadership in the classroom and in their communities.

About RBC Bank

RBC Bank, headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., offers a wide range of financial services and advice to individuals, businesses and public institutions throughout the Southeast. RBC Bank’s network includes more than 420 full-service banking centers in six states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia), an extensive ATM network and telephone and online banking. RBC Bank is the 38th largest U.S. bank by consolidated assets, according to SNL Financial’s List of the Nation’s 50 Largest Banks, September 2, 2009. RBC Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) (RY on the TSX and NYSE), Canada's largest and most stable bank as measured by assets and market capitalization. In August 2009, Global Finance Magazine ranked RBC as the safest bank in the Western Hemisphere. RBC is also one of the world's financial, social and environmental corporate leaders, having appeared on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index every year since its creation in 1999. Additional information about RBC Bank may be found at www.rbcbankusa.com.

About RBC Wealth Management

In the United States, RBC Wealth Management operates as a division of RBC Capital Markets Corporation. Founded in 1909, RBC Capital Markets Corporation is a member of the New York Stock Exchange, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and other major securities exchanges, as well as the Securities Investor Protection Corp. RBC Wealth Management has over $160 billion of assets under administration and more than 2,200 financial consultants operating in over 200 locations in 42 states.