Lakeland Bank Board Members Build Prosthetic Hands

Team building exercise supports amputees in developing countries

Oak Ridge, N.J., November 2, 2016 – Lakeland Bank’s board of directors participated in a group experience called “Helping Hands” at their recent annual strategic planning session. The corporate-team building activity raises awareness for people in developing countries around the world that are in desperate need of prosthetic hands.

“Our board has worked together for some time, but this activity challenged our ability to truly collaborate as a team to achieve a specific goal,” said Thomas Shara, President and CEO, Lakeland Bank. “And knowing that we were helping people in need in the process was very rewarding.”

Helping HandsTM is the award-winning project that puts prosthetic hands on amputees in developing countries while building purpose-driven teams and leaders. Project participants fund and build life-saving LN-4 prosthetic hands needed by thousands of people around the world who cannot afford such a life changing device. To date, groups have donated and built over 24,000 hands for recipients in 75 countries. The Lakeland board of directors worked in teams of three to build four LN-4 prosthetic hands.

“While our team benefited from the group activity, actually constructing a prosthetic hand for someone who so desperately needs one was a very powerful personal experience,” said Mary Ann Deacon, Chairman of the Board, Lakeland Bancorp.

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Photo Caption: Lakeland Bancorp board members participated in a Helping HandsTM team building activity to construct prosthetic hands to support amputees in developing countries. Pictured left to right are directors: Bruce Bohuny, Tom Marino, Ed Deutsch, Rob Nicholson, Mark Fredericks, Mary Ann Deacon, Tom Shara, Larry Inserra, Joe O’Dowd, Brian Flynn and Bob McCracken.
About Lakeland Bank
Lakeland Bank is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LBAI), which has $4.9 billion in total assets. The Bank operates 52 New Jersey branch offices in Bergen, Essex, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Union counties; five New Jersey regional commercial lending centers in Bernardsville, Jackson, Montville, Teaneck and Waldwick; and two commercial loan production offices serving Middlesex and Monmouth counties in New Jersey and the Hudson Valley region of New York. Lakeland Bank offers an extensive suite of financial products and services for businesses and consumers. Visit for more information.

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