Sovereign-Santander Presents $150,000 Check to American Red Cross at Philadelphia Eagles Game

     Sovereign-Santander Presents $150,000 Check to American Red Cross at
                           Philadelphia Eagles Game

Donation Benefits Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

PR Newswire

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 14, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Sovereign Bank, a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Banco Santander, presented a $150,000 check to the American Red
Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. As the official bank of the
Philadelphia Eagles, Sovereign-Santander presented the check at the Eagles'
home game December 13, 2012 against the Cincinnati Bengals of which
Sovereign-Santander was the presenting sponsor.

Jorge Moran, President and CEO of Sovereign Bank and Santander US Country
head, presented the $150,000 check to the American Red Cross during the game.
Accepting the donation was Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes, CEO of the
Southeastern Pennsylvania American Red Cross. This donation adds to previous
efforts by Sovereign-Santander to bring relief to the victims of Hurricane
Sandy, including additional donations to the American Red Cross and to other
regions of the bank's footprint impacted by the storm.

"We're pleased to have this unique opportunity to continue to give back to the
communities where our clients and team members have been severely impacted,"
said Moran. "Sovereign-Santander is appreciative of the support of partners
like the Philadelphia Eagles who help us continue to raise awareness for
Hurricane Sandy relief efforts through the American Red Cross."

"As both a partner of Sovereign-Santander and the American Red Cross, we're
honored to work with two great organizations that continue to provide relief
to those affected by Hurricane Sandy," said Don Smolenski, President of the
Philadelphia Eagles. "This donation exemplifies what a great partner
Sovereign-Santander is, and how valuable their relationship is not only to the
Eagles, but to the entire Philadelphia community as a whole."

"Because the American Red Cross is funded solely by donations, the bank's
generosity helps the Red Cross continue to honor its commitment to comfort
people in their hour of need," Hughes said. "This donation will be used to
fulfill the Red Cross mission to alleviate human suffering. We are so grateful
for the support of Sovereign-Santander and the Eagles." 

In November, Sovereign-Santander presented a $250,000 check to the American
Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. CEO Jorge Moran joined with Fernando Alonso,
world-renowned Scuderia Ferrari driver, to ring the New York Stock Exchange's
Closing Bell and presented the donation during a community event to honor the
bank's team members severely impacted by the story and community partners who
have worked tirelessly during the crisis. Currently, Sovereign-Santander is
auctioning off a signed replica of a helmet worn by Alonso to benefit the
victims of Hurricane Sandy. The auction is open until December 20, 2012 at Sovereign-Santander is also currently matching
up to $500,000 for all donations made in their branches by team members and
clients of the bank.

About Santander Holdings USA, Sovereign Bank and Banco Santander
Santander Holdings USA, Inc. (SOV:US) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Banco
Santander, S.A., and parent company of Sovereign Bank, N.A. and Santander
Consumer USA. Banco Santander is a retail and commercial bank, headquartered
in Spain, with a presence in 10 main markets: Spain, Portugal, Germany, the
UK, Poland, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Argentina and the U.S. Founded in 1857,
Santander has 100 million customers, approximately 14,700 branches – more than
any other international bank – and more than 191,000 employees. For more
information on Santander, visit

Sovereign Bank, N.A. is a financial institution with principal markets in the
northeastern United States. Sovereign has more than 700 branches, about 2,300
ATMs, and approximately 8,600 team members. For more information on Sovereign
Bank, N.A, visit or call 877-SOV-BANK.

SOURCE Sovereign Bank

Contact: Media: Alexandra Baldwin, Office: +1-617-757-5602,; Holly Steel, Office: +1-617-346-7385,
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