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Columbia Bank Foundation Supports Friends of the Sports Association of Oakland Inc.

January 8, 2020


The Columbia Bank Foundation recently issued a $25,000 grant to the Friends of The Sports Association of Oakland Inc. as 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 be used to fund the renovation of the Oakland Roller Rink.

“We are excited to partner with Friends of The Sports Association of Oakland,” said Thomas J. Kemly, President and CEO of Columbia Bank. “The renovations to the roller rink will provide the Oakland community with a fun place to gather and unite through skating.”

Pictured in a special check presentation (from left) are Brian Gargano, Branch Manager of Columbia Bank’s Oakland Office; Yvette Lopez, Assistant Branch Manager of Columbia Bank’s Oakland Office; Thomas J. Kemly, President and CEO of Columbia Bank; Julie Holland, Executive Director of the Columbia Bank Foundation; Mike Guadagnino, Chairman of Oakland Recreation Commission; Vivian King, Member of Oakland’s Recreation Commission - Roller Hockey.

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 six major areas: affordable housing programs, community investment and economic development opportunities, financial literacy and educational opportunities, health and human services, food pantries, and the arts. Special consideration is always given to programs that provide a measurable community impact.

For more information regarding the Columbia Bank Foundation and grant eligibility requirements, please visit


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