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Wells Fargo donates $100,000 to Charleston shooting victims, church

Responding to the Charleston shootings, Wells Fargo this week said it will give $100,000 to support the victims, families and ministries of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who along with eight others was killed at the Mother Emanuel AME Church.
Responding to the Charleston shootings, Wells Fargo this week said it will give $100,000 to support the victims, families and ministries of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who along with eight others was killed at the Mother Emanuel AME Church. AP

Wells Fargo said that in response to the June 17 shootings in Charleston, it will donate $100,000 to support the victims, families and ministries of the late Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was killed along with eight others by a white supremacist at the Mother Emanuel AME Church.

The donation will go to the Palmetto Project in support of the Lowcountry Ministries - Reverend Pinckney Fund. In a statement, Wells Fargo said the grant is intended to support counseling services for families, survivors and church members and to support local initiatives that focus on helping under-served populations and ending racism.

“We want to join the City of Charleston in promoting unity and community support during this challenging time,” Rick Redden, Wells Fargo lead regional president for the Carolinas, said in the statement. “Our team members, customers and local communities around the Carolinas have all been impacted by this tragedy.”

The City of Charleston also established the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund to raise funds for the victims’ families, and people interested in donating to the fund can visit any Wells Fargo banking store, the company said.

San Francisco-based Wells Fargo operates its East Coast hub in Charlotte and employs about 23,000 people in the Charlotte metropolitan area, making it the bank’s largest employment hub.

The lender isn’t the only big name from Charlotte aiding the cause. Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, for example, donated $100,000 to the families of the victims and to the church where the shooting took place. And earlier this week, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton visited the family of Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, who was killed in the June 17 massacre.

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