CIANJ honors 46 companies for philanthropic initiatives
Oak Ridge, N.J., Oct. 6, 2020 – Lakeland Bank was honored by The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) and COMMERCE Magazine for its Annual Scholarship Golf Outing which provides scholarship awards for students attending schools in the communities the Bank serves.
We are proud to be named as a “Champion of Good Works” recipient for the scholarships Lakeland awards to local students who have been recognized for their academic success and desire to continue their education,” said Thomas Shara, Lakeland Bank President and CEO. “This program serves as an important foundation of the Bank’s philanthropic endeavors and is a wonderful event that brings our associates, customers and business partners together to support the community.”
Lakeland Bank was recognized by CIANJ in the Supporting New Jersey Charities category for its support of students in the local community. The Bank has hosted the Annual Scholarship Golf Outing for 47 years and has provided nearly $2.7 million in scholarship awards to students from public and private schools in the markets it serves. In 2019, the Bank raised a record $225,000 which was presented earlier this year to over 100 students who were selected by their school to receive the Lakeland Bank scholarship.
“For most of the companies we are honoring, giving back and helping those in need is part of their culture,” said Anthony Russo, President of CIANJ. “The public is not always aware of how much these companies take on and the types of needs they address.
CIANJ is a statewide business advocacy organization, representing more than 900 corporate members from every industry sector. The organization asked the business community to share stories of its philanthropy. Forty-six companies, including leading manufacturers, retailers, hospitals, banks and colleges and universities, were honored as Champions of Good Works at the Seventh Annual Companies That Care virtual reception. Their stories became a special section of the March issue of COMMERCE Magazine that was also distributed digitally when the event was rescheduled and held virtually.
Photo courtesy: CIANJ and Commerce Magazine
About Lakeland Bank
Lakeland Bank is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LBAI), which has over $7 billion in total assets. With an extensive branch network and commercial lending centers throughout New Jersey and Highland Mills, N.Y., the Bank offers business and retail banking products and services. Business services include commercial loans and lines of credit, commercial real estate loans, loans for healthcare services, asset based lending, equipment financing, small business loans and lines, and cash management services. Consumer services include online and mobile banking, home equity loans and lines, mortgage options and wealth management solutions. Lakeland is proud to be recognized as a Best-In-State Bank by Forbes and Statista, rated a 5-Star Bank by Bauer Financial and named one of New Jersey’s 50 Fastest Growing Companies by NJBIZ. Visit LakelandBank.com for more information.