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BARNETT'S MATCHING HURRICANE RELIEF FUND HITS $320,000

 BARNETT'S MATCHING HURRICANE RELIEF FUND HITS $320,000
 JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Barnett Bank's


"Barnett/Florida Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund" has now collected $160,000 and matched it for a total of $320,000. The relief effort, established Aug. 26, will provide dollar-for-dollar matching funds up to $600,000 to help victims of Hurricane Andrew.
 The money goes daily into an account for the Red Cross of Florida to be used for the purchase of food, clothing, personal items and medical supplies for victims of the hurricane.
 To contribute, Hurricane Andrew relief checks should be made payable to Barnett/Florida Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and mailed to:
 Barnett/Florida Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund
 c/o Barnett Banks, Inc.
 P.O. Box 44300
 Jacksonville, FL 32231-4300
 The fund is also open to corporate partners who wish to add matching commitments of at least $100,000. The Ethel and W. George Kennedy Family Foundation, a Miami-based foundation, has already joined Barnett with a $100,000 matching commitment. Corporations and foundations who wish to join the fund should call James Covington at 904-791-7730.
 With $32.4 billion in assets and 597 offices in Florida and Georgia, Barnett Banks, Inc. (NYSE: BBI) is Florida's leading financial institution.
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 /CONTACT: Beth Lawrence or Tory Ryden (Miami), 305-825-6998; or Russ Hoadley (Jacksonville) 904-791-5013 (office) or 904-260-4658 (home), both of Barnett Banks/
 (BBI) CO: Barnett Banks, Inc. ST: Florida IN: FIN SU:


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