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SunTrust Returns as Sponsor for the Kyle Petty Charity Ride in 2006

Jul 21, 2006

SunTrust Bank announced today its sponsorship of the 2006 Kyle Petty Charity Ride in an ongoing commitment to support and bring awareness to the racing community's charitable causes.

The main beneficiary of the 2006 ride is Victory Junction Gang Camp, a year-round camp retreat founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty. The camp opened its doors in 2004 to children suffering from chronic and serious illnesses. It provides a camp environment that children with severe health issues would not normally be able to enjoy because of their medical needs and costs.

Ride participants will travel 3,700 miles in this eight day cross-country fundraiser now known as the Chick-fil-A Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America. This year the ride begins in Montana and travels through Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Illinois, Ohio and North Carolina.

"The Charity Ride has become an incredibly popular event and a major fundraiser for the Victory Junction Gang Camp," said Kyle Petty. "We are so grateful to SunTrust for their support. SunTrust is a great partner and their contributions to our efforts are very much appreciated."

Beginning July 22, daily journal entries and photos to chronicle the ride will appear on provided by David Pijot, a Senior Vice President with SunTrust Sports and Entertainment Banking Group.

"I look forward to participating in the Kyle Petty Charity Ride again this year and sharing the journey with my colleagues and friends," said Mr. Pijot. "We believe in their mission and we are doing everything we can to support them and bring awareness to the great work they do that impacts the lives of children and families everyday."

The journal will serve to personalize the experience for the bank's employees and clients and help bring attention to Victory Junction Gang Camp.

"This effort, among many, is an embodiment of SunTrust's commitment to 'Seeing beyond money' and making a meaningful impact in the communities in which we serve," said Krista Massey, Director of Sponsorships and Event Marketing. "As the Official Bank of NASCAR, SunTrust has seen first-hand the power of support from loyal NASCAR fans and how that loyalty translates into support for charitable efforts such as NASCAR Day and the inaugural 2006 Sprint Sound and Speed Presented by SunTrust, both of which served to raise much-needed funding for Victory Junction Gang Camp.

The ride will make one of its final stops in Asheville, N.C. on July 29 where the public will be able to welcome the convoy at the Bele Chere festival during the SunTrust presentation ceremony.

SunTrust Banks, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta, is one of the nation's largest banking organizations, serving a broad range of consumer, commercial, corporate and institutional clients. As of June 30, 2006, SunTrust had total assets of $181.1 billion and total deposits of $124.9 billion. The Company operates an extensive branch and ATM network throughout the high-growth Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states and a full array of technology-based, 24-hour delivery channels. The Company also serves customers in selected markets nationally. Its primary businesses include deposit, credit, trust and investment services. Through various subsidiaries the Company provides credit cards, mortgage banking, insurance, brokerage, equipment leasing and capital markets services. SunTrust's Internet address is

SOURCE: SunTrust Banks, Inc.

CONTACT: Hugh Suhr of SunTrust Banks, Inc., +1-404-827-6813