SCE&G, BlueCross donate funds in wake of church shooting

People gather in front of Emanuel AME Church on Calhoun Street, where a gunman killed nine people on June 17.

Two of South Carolina’s most well-known companies are donating funds in the wake of the June 17 church shooting.

South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. said Tuesday it will donate $100,000 to Emanuel AME Church, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina announced it is giving $75,000 to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund.

Both companies also said they will provide a dollar-for-dollar match to employee contributions following the shootings in Charleston on June 17 that took nine lives.

“SCANA and SCE&G employees grieve for our neighbors impacted by the tragic events at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston,” said Kevin Marsh, chairman and CEO of the Cayce-based SCANA Corp., parent company of SCE&G. “In fact, we began our company on the very streets surrounding this congregation and this historic landmark.

“In an effort to give back to those who have given so much, SCE&G is pleased to contribute $100,000 to promote healing, lift spirits and contribute to the role this historic congregation will continue to play in South Carolina’s future,” Marsh said.

About half of SCE&G’s 692,000 electric customers are in the Charleston area.

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BlueCross BlueShield insurance represents people across the state.

Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524 or twitter.com/warrenlancewise.