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Lakeland Bank Colleagues Devoted 15,000 Hours to Community Service in 2013

OAK RIDGE, N.J., March 17, 2014Lakeland Bank colleagues devoted over 15,000 hours to community service in 2013, the equivalent of 1.7 years of nonstop work. The Bank also donated nearly $474,000 to charities and nonprofits and raised $118,000 for college scholarships in Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties as part of the Bank’s commitment to the communities it serves
 
“As a community bank, we stay connected to the communities through our volunteer efforts and contributions,” said Thomas J. Shara, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lakeland Bank. “We invest our time, talent and resources in organizations and people who help make our neighborhoods a better place.  Our colleagues drive many of the recommendations of who we partner with as part of this effort.”
 
Special Events
 
Lakeland Bank has been serving northern New Jersey for nearly 45 years as both a trusted financial service provider and a strongly committed corporate citizen. We sponsor special community events throughout the year, including  two annual scholarship golf outings:
 
  • 41st Lakeland Bank Annual Scholarship Golf Outing, Hamburg, N.J.: We raised $118,000 to be distributed in 2014 to high school seniors at 52 high schools in the 8 counties we serve.
  • 32nd Sussex County Golf Classic, Newton, N.J.: Over $50,000 was raised to support local charities in Sussex County and the surrounding area.
  • Wiegand Farm Golf Classic, Oak Ridge, N.J.: As the 2013 event sponsor, we worked with The Department of Persons with Disabilities (DPD) to raise funds to support their programs which include residential and vocational support for adults with developmental disabilities and their families.
  • UNICO San Gennaro Festival, Montville, N.J.: As the official sponsor, we helped raise funds to assist neighbors in need. In the past, UNICO has used these funds to stock area food banks and feed needy families, provide scholarships and donate thousands of dollars to cancer research.
  • Push to Walk NJ Annual Golf Outing, Parsippany, N.J.: As a gift bag sponsor, we helped this nonprofit raise funds for exercise programs for people with spinal cord injuries, paralysis and other neurological conditions. Push to Walk NJ is a nonprofit based in Riverdale.
  • Girl Scouts of Northern NJ—Women of Achievement event, Woodland Park, N.J.: As a Connect sponsor, the Bank supported the Girl Scouts signature fundraising event in April 2013, which paid tribute to five women who personally and professionally made the world a better place for girls.
 
Charity Drives
 
Our colleagues are at the helm of our charity drives, donating their time, contributing items and money to ensure that they are a success. Following are highlights from last year:
 
  • Jeans Day Program: Our colleagues donated a minimum of $10 a month to wear jeans for charity, resulting in nearly $42,000 for these worthy causes! Charities included Meals on Wheels, American Cancer Society, Make A Wish Foundation, Autism Speaks, SCARC of Sussex & ARC, Wounded Warriors Foundation, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and area animal shelters.
  • Food Drive: We collected 3,700 items for the United Way Food Drive.
  • Coat Drive: We collected 280 coats for the United Way’s Gift of Warmth drive.
  • Share A Gift: We collected 1,570 gifts for the Bank’s Share A Gift program. The following local organizations benefited: Sussex & Warren Dept. of Children & Families, Junior Women’s Assoc. of Somerset Hills, Salvation Army, St. Peter’s Orphanage, Battered Woman’s Shelter, Butler Health, Urban Renewal, Angel’s Attic, Sussex Help Center, Queen of Peace Church, Little Falls Rescue Squad, Toys 4 Tots, Jefferson Junior Women’s Club, Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter, Homeless Solutions, Holy Faith Lutheran Church, Park Ridge Police PBA Toy Drive, United Way of Passaic County, Center for Family Resources, St. Joseph's Children’s Hospital, KEEP, Pass It Along, Girl Scouts of Northern NJ, Catholic Charities, and the Boys & Girls Club of Paterson & Passaic.
 
Community Campaigns
 
Providing quality medical care and affordable housing are two components of a healthy community. Lakeland Bank contributed to these causes in a variety of ways this past year:
 
  • The Campaign for Chilton Hospital:Lakeland Bank pledged $25,000 over five years for an initiative to modernize patient care areas, purchase advanced technologies and create a more personalized experience.
  • New Home for Hospice: As a longtime supporter of the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice Foundation, Lakeland Bank pledged $25,000 toward the Foundation’s new home for hospice patients.
  • Affordable Housing Program:We assisted Allendale Housing, Inc., a not-for-profit entity that provides housing for developmentally disabled individuals.
 
Educational Initiatives
 
Lakeland Bank has a rich history of supporting education. For over 40 years, we have hosted the Scholarship golf outing (see special events above). We also regularly visit elementary schools for the Teach Children to Save program. Here are some additional educational initiatives made this past year:
 
  • Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA): We awarded $500 each to two students to cover travel costs to the national competition.
  • Reward for Honest Deed: We awarded $500 scholarships to four William Paterson University students who showed their honesty by paying for goods purchased at a retail store when no clerk was present.
 
A Partial List of Community Organizations Lakeland Bank Supported in 2013
 
Lakeland Bank and its colleagues contributed to a number of organizations in 2013. Following is a partial list of those who benefitted from time and monetary contributions on behalf of Lakeland Bank.
 
  • Alliance Against Homelessness
  • Bergen Bike Tour
  • Bernardsville Fire Company #1
  • Boonton Main Street Farmer’s Market
  • Boys & Girls Club of Paterson & Passaic
  • Caldwell Public Library Foundation
  • Carlstadt PTA
  • Eva’s Village
  • Franklin Historical Society
  • Give the Kids Hope Foundation
  • Habitat for Humanity of Bergen
  • Interfaith Food Pantry of Morris County
  • Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice
  • Knights of Columbus North Haledon
  • Lakeland Hills YMCA
  • March of Dimes
  • Metro YMCA of the Oranges
  • Montville First Aid Squad
  • Morris County St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • Morris Habitat for Humanity
  • North Essex Chamber of Commerce
  • Pass It Along
  • Passaic Valley Rotary Club
  • Paterson Habitat for Humanity
  • Ringwood Emergency Management
  • Somerset Hills YMCA
  • Special Olympics of NJ
  • Sussex County Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Teaneck Creek Conservancy
  • The Colleen Giblin Foundation
  • The Salvation Army
  • Washington School PTO Pumpkin Event
  • West Milford Autumn Lights Festival
 
About Lakeland Bank
Lakeland Bancorp, the holding company for Lakeland Bank, has $3.3 billion in total assets with 52 offices spanning eight northern New Jersey counties: Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren. Lakeland Bank, headquartered in Oak Ridge, offers an extensive array of consumer and commercial products and services, including online and mobile banking, localized commercial lending teams, an expanded residential mortgage lending platform and 24-hour-or-less turnaround on consumer loan applications. For more information about the full line of products and services, visit LakelandBank.com.