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Columbia Bank Helps Local Westfield Organizations Through “Banking for a Cause” Promotion

FAIR LAWN, NJ – October 5, 2018 – As part of Columbia Bank’s Banking for a Cause promotion at their newly-opened Westfield branch, Columbia Bank was able to support six local organizations. The program allows customers to choose an organization, donate $10 per account opened and adds bonuses for the top three winners. Westfield YMCA received the most votes and received a $2,820 check, Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad received $1,290, Westfield United Fund received $680. The remaining organizations like Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, Imagine a Center for Coping With Loss, and Furniture Assist Inc. received their proceeds and a $250 bonus. Total donations were nearly $6,000 for the promotion.

“Whenever we enter a new community it is important for residents to know that giving back is at the forefront of what we do,” said Thomas J. Kemly, President and CEO of Columbia Bank.

Pictured in a special check presentation is Antonella Minardo, Westfield Branch Manager (left), and Bonnie Cohen, Westfield YMCA Director of Communications & Development.

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.