Lakeland Bank Celebrates 36th Annual Scholarship Golf Outing

Oak Ridge, NJ - October 7, 2008–At Lakeland Bank’s recent Scholarship Golf Outing held at the Crystal Springs & Wild Turkey Golf Resort in Hamburg, over $65,000 was raised to help support 35 local high school college-bound seniors. This year’s event drew over 168 golfers, and over 30 Lakeland Bank employees volunteered to make this a great day for all the participants.

Local high schools benefiting from this year’s outing include Butler High School, Kinnelon, Lakeland Regional, West Milford, Jefferson, Pope John Regional, Sparta, High Point Regional, Vernon, Morris Hills Regional, Morris Knolls Regional, Newton, Kittatinny, DePaul Regional, Ramapo, Eastern Christian, Lenape Valley Regional, Montville, Wallkill Valley Regional, West Essex, Passaic Valley Regional, Pequannock, Boonton Township High School, Hackensack, Park Ridge, Dwight Morrow, North Warren, Caldwell, Manchester Regional, Becton Regional, Morristown, Sussex County Technical, Ma’ayanot Yeshiva for Girls, Torah Academy of Bergen County and Teaneck High School.

“We are proud to continue the tradition of hosting this outing. Lakeland Bank’s commitment to the community remains a primary focus. We’re happy to help these high schools that are devoted to serving our children in a variety of ways. Our thanks to all those golfers, sponsors and contributors who joined us,” said Thomas J. Shara, President and CEO of Lakeland Bank. Participating golfers had the choice of sponsoring the outing on various levels through a corporate package, a beverage cart sponsor or a golf tee sign sponsorship.

“I am very happy to report that this event continues to receive an overwhelmingly positive response. It was great to have so many Lakeland Bank employees participate in this year’s outing. Their dedication and significant contributions to the day’s events truly helped to make the event the success that it was,” said Mr. Shara.

Lakeland Bank hosts two golf outings a year, the Sussex County Golf Classic in late June and the Scholarship Golf Outing in September. This year between the two outings, Lakeland raised $100,000 to give back to the communities they serve.

Lakeland Bancorp, the holding company for Lakeland Bank, has a current asset base of $2.6 billion and forty-eight (48) offices spanning six northwestern New Jersey counties: Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Warren. Lakeland Bank, headquartered at 250 Oak Ridge Road, Oak Ridge, offers an extensive array of consumer and commercial products and services, including online banking, localized commercial lending teams, equipment leasing, and 24-hour or less turnaround time on consumer loan applications. For more information about their full line of products and services, visit their website at www.lakelandbank.com.

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