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Columbia Bank Foundation Supports Ridgewood Public Education Foundation

Grant Sponsors Health and Wellness Speaker Series 

FAIR LAWN, NJ – January 18, 2019 – The Columbia Bank Foundation recently provided $20,000 in special funding to the Ridgewood Public Education Foundation. 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 sponsor the district’s Health and Wellness Speaker Series which is open to parents, students, and teachers.

“We are proud to sponsor Ridgewood Public Education Foundation’s Health and Wellness speaker series,” said Thomas J. Kemly, President and CEO of Columbia Bank. “Ongoing health and wellness initiatives, like these, are crucial for a better quality of life.”

Pictured in a special check presentation are (from left) Joann Khoury-Frias, Assistant Business Administrator, Antoinette Kelly, CPA, School Business Administrator and Board Secretary, Daniel Fishbein, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools, Amy Dupuis, Paul McCarthy, President of the Ridgewood Education Foundation, Thomas J. Kemly, President and CEO of Columbia Bank, Maureen Cornicelli, Branch Manager of Columbia Bank’s Ridgewood office, and Richard Graff Vice President, Business Banking Officer.

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.