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Sandy Spring Bank Wins Business Award for Corporate Social Responsibility From the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce

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OLNEY, Md., Dec. 3, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sandy Spring Bank has been awarded the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Business Award for Corporate Social Responsibility. Sandy Spring Bank will be honored at a special Business Awards dinner and reception ceremony to be held on Wednesday, December 5th. This award recognizes companies that demonstrate exemplary business practices, dedicated involvement, and unyielding commitment to community service and volunteer programs that enrich the lives of Montgomery County residents.

"Sandy Spring Bank is honored to accept the award for our exemplary business practices, involvement in various programs and organizations throughout the county, and for our commitment to building a stronger community," states Daniel J. Schrider, president and chief executive officer. "Giving back to the community is a hallmark upon which the bank was built, and we continue our mission to add value to the communities we serve by improving the lives of our clients, employees and shareholders."

Direct support through volunteerism and monetary contributions has benefited organizations throughout Montgomery County in the health, humanity and heritage sectors. A few partnerships include Montgomery General Hospital, Habitat for Humanity and Leadership Montgomery.

"Sandy Spring Bank is proud to support the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce in its mission to lead, advocate and connect as a voice of business in the community," states Jay O'Brien, executive vice president. "We believe that together, we can improve and enrich the lives of those in Montgomery County as we look to the future."

About Sandy Spring Bancorp/Sandy Spring Bank

With $3.9 billion in assets, Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. 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 about Sandy Spring Bank.

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

Source:Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc.