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NBT Bank Awards Red Cross a Challenge Grant to Support Ongoing Disaster Relief Efforts

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (June 1, 2011) -NBT Bank North Country Retail Regional Manager Patricia Garrow recently announced that through June 30 NBT Bank will match local donations up to a total of $10,000 to support the American Red Cross' disaster relief fund aiding residents impacted by recent flooding.

"Once again, our community partner NBT Bank is stepping up to support the ongoing efforts of the American Red Cross here in the North Country and we are grateful for this generous commitment. I hope our community takes advantage of this rare opportunity to meet this challenge and have their donations matched," said Jeanie Roberts, Executive Director for the American Red Cross North Country Chapter.

"At NBT Bank, we value the health and vitality of our communities. This fundraising partnership with the American Red Cross North Country Chapter gives our bank the opportunity to support our local community while challenging others to do the same," said Garrow.

Since April 26, the North Country Chapter has had ongoing disaster relief operations throughout six counties in the northern part of New York State due to severe storms and flooding. More than 180 volunteers have been deployed for bulk distribution of food, comfort kits, home clean-up kits, disaster assessment and sheltering operations.

"The Red Cross is performing critical work to aid those devastated by the ongoing impact of the flooding in our area. We're proud to support their efforts," said NBT Bank Vice President and Commercial Banking Regional Manager Brian Gladwin.

The Memorial Day weekend storms have prolonged the situation, making it necessary to close more roads and preventing water from receding at a reasonable rate.  Many North Country residents are still displaced from their homes.

Donations for the disaster relief challenge/matching grant can be directed to American Red Cross North Country Chapter, 13 Guy Way, Plattsburgh, New York 12901, phone: (518) 561-7280.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization - not a government agency - and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, visit: www.redcrossneny.org.

About NBT Bank:
NBT Bank, N.A., based in Norwich, N.Y., is an independent, full-service community bank that has two banking divisions and 123 offices. NBT Bank has 87 offices in upstate New York and Vermont. Pennstar Bank has 36 offices in northeastern Pennsylvania. NBT Bancorp Inc., the parent company of NBT Bank, N.A., is a Norwich, N.Y.-based financial holding company that had assets of $5.5 billion as of March 31, 2011