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Sandy Spring Bank to Partner With the Maryland Bankers Association and American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief

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OLNEY, Md., Nov. 26, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sandy Spring Bank has partnered with the Maryland Bankers Association (MBA) and the American Red Cross to assist in the response and recovery efforts of those affected by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Through this partnership, Sandy Spring Bank has created a fund for the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief, which is patterned after a similar relief fund effort that was undertaken by Maryland banks after the September 11 tragedy. MBA's President & CEO Kathleen Murphy states, "During this holiday season, while we have much for which to be thankful, we are reminded that there are many households and businesses experiencing hardship in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Support of the relief efforts is just another way that the Maryland Banking Industry demonstrates its commitment to giving back."

Sandy Spring Bank is helping people affected by Hurricane Sandy by collecting donations on behalf of the American Red Cross starting today, November 26, through Monday, December 31. One hundred percent of donations received by Sandy Spring Bank will be donated to the American Red Cross and will be used to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to the Hurricane Sandy disaster. Sandy Spring Bank in partnership with the Maryland Bankers Association will conclude this important initiative with a culminating event at the American Red Cross headquarters in Baltimore. During this event, Sandy Spring Bank with all participating banks will present a figurative check representative of the total contributions made. For more information, please visit: www.redcross.org/md/baltimore.

About Sandy Spring Bancorp/Sandy Spring Bank

With $3.9 billion in assets, Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:SASR) is the holding company for Sandy Spring Bank and its principal subsidiaries, Sandy Spring Insurance Corporation and West Financial Services, Inc. Sandy Spring Bancorp is the largest publicly traded banking company headquartered and operating in Maryland. Sandy Spring is a community banking organization that focuses its lending and other services on businesses and consumers in the local market area. Independent and community-oriented, Sandy Spring Bank was founded in 1868 and offers a broad range of commercial banking, retail banking and trust services through 49 community offices in Anne Arundel, Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George's counties in Maryland, and Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun counties in Virginia. Through its subsidiaries, Sandy Spring Bank also offers a comprehensive menu of insurance and investment management services. Visit www.sandyspringbank.com for more information.

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CONTACT: Marc Meoli (301) 774-6400 x8476 mmeoli@sandyspringbank.com

Source:Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc.