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BANKS HURRICANE RELIEF FUND REACHES $3.2 MILLION GOAL

 BANKS HURRICANE RELIEF FUND REACHES $3.2 MILLION GOAL
 MIAMI, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida's three leading banking


companies announced today that they have reached their goal of collecting $1.6 million in public donations to be given to the Red Cross to help victims of Hurricane Andrew.
 The banks -- Barnett, First Union and NationsBank along with the Ethel and W. George Kennedy Family Foundation, a Miami-based foundation -- have matched those donations, bringing the total provided to the Red Cross to $3.2 million.
 The funds go to the Red Cross of Florida for the purchase of food, clothing, personal items, medical supplies and other expenses directly benefiting Hurricane Andrew victims.
 "We are gratified by the quick and generous public response to help people in need," said Guy Marvin, chairman of the Northeast Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross. "We know that the banks' offer to match these donations was a positive influence on this drive."
 Recognizing the need to rebuild hurricane-devastated South Florida, Barnett, First Union and NationsBank agreed to be partners, combining disaster relief efforts that they had previously announced separately.
 People can still make non-matched donations through any office of Barnett, First Union or NationsBank (NCNB and C&S) or by sending a check directly to the Red Cross:
 American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund
 Post Office Box 025030
 Miami, FL 33102-5230
 -0- 9/9/92
 /CONTACT: Bob Stickler of Barnett Banks, 904-791-5437; Jim Robertson of First Union National Bank of Florida, 904-361-3147; or Sheryl McAlister of NationsBank of Florida, 305-928-1089 or 704-386-3150/ CO: Barnett Banks; First Union; NationsBank ST: Florida IN: FIN SU:


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