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Columbia Bank Foundation Supports Hawthorne High School PTO

wonderful check presentation with Tom Kemely

Grant Will Fund Renovation of the School’s Culinary Facility

FAIR LAWN, NJ – January 14, 2019 – The Columbia Bank Foundation recently issued a $20,000 grant to the Hawthorne High School PTO. The donation is part of the Foundation’s current initiative to partner with local communities and Boards of Education within the Bank’s service area. The grant will fund the renovation of the school’s culinary facilities, currently used by grades 9-12 and the staff for special events.

“Culinary skills are life skills that many of these students will need once they go off to college and beyond,” said Thomas J. Kemly, President and CEO of Columbia Bank. “We are proud to be able to assist the Hawthorne High School with such an innovative teaching effort.”

Pictured in a special check presentation are Lisa Kowalski, President of the Hawthorne PTO, Richard Graff, Columbia Bank’s Vice President Business Banking Officer, Amy Dupuis, Trude Engle, Hawthorne School Business Administrator, Board Secretary, Billy Cunningham, High School Principal, Thomas J. Kemly, President and CEO of Columbia Bank, Richard A. Spirito, Superintendent of Schools, Cynthia Dockray, Culinary Arts Teacher, and some of her students.

As one of the largest private foundations in New Jersey, the Columbia Bank Foundation was created to serve the needs of local communities, and provide grants and contributions to organizations recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Columbia Bank Foundation actively seeks to provide support in seven major areas: affordable housing programs, community investment and economic development opportunities, financial literacy and educational opportunities, health and human services, community sponsored events, food pantries, and the arts. Special consideration is always given to programs that provide a measurable community impact.