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Columbia Bank Hosts Thirty-First Annual Charity Golf Classic

Golfers raise $100,000 in support of Strengthen Our Sisters

FAIR LAWN, NJ – September 17, 2019 -- Columbia Bank is pleased to announce that their Thirty-First Annual Charity Golf Classic at North Jersey Country Club in Wayne raised $100,000 for the benefit of Strengthen Our Sisters a local non-profit program serving homeless/battered women and children.  Nearly 150 golfers took part in this annual charitable fund raiser. 

According to Thomas Kemly, Columbia’s President and Chief Executive Officer, “Our annual golf classic was another successful charitable endeavor for Team Columbia.  We are extremely pleased that we were able to support the outstanding efforts of Strengthen Our Sisters which helps so many needy women and children break the cycle of domestic violence, poverty and abuse.  As a true community-based bank, we remain committed to helping local organizations that make a difference in people’s lives.” 

Shown taking part in a special check presentation at the event are (from left) Xenia Danko, Director of Shelter Operations for Strengthen Our Sisters; Thomas Kemly, President and CEO of Columbia Bank; Sandra Ramos, Founder and Executive Director of Strengthen our Sisters, and Cheryl Kelsey, Strengthen Our Sisters Board Member.

In addition, earlier this year it was learned that this shelter was in foreclosure and was on the verge of being shut down.  The Columbia Bank Foundation responded with a $50,000 grant and assumed responsibility for their outstanding mortgage.  As a result of the bank’s quick response, the lights were kept on with no interruption of service taking place.