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Employees Unite to Support Kids

Lakeland Bank’s staff supports charities focused on catastrophic childhood diseases
Oak Ridge, N.J. – November 7, 2011 –– Children were the center of attention at Lakeland Bank when its staff nominated St. Jude’s Research, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and Division of Ophthalmology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as their charities of choice to support. Nearly $7,800 was contributed by the employees to these nonprofit organizations where education, research, finding a cure and easing treatment of catastrophic childhood diseases is a top priority.
“Our employees have a strong commitment to foundations that improve the quality of life for those in our communities that need it most,” said Thomas J. Shara, president and CEO of Lakeland Bank. “So, it is no surprise that they selected charities that strive to help children and their families deal with the day-to-day challenges of a devastating childhood disease.”
These charities were selected through the company’s Jeans Day program, and each received about $2,600. The program provides an opportunity for employees to wear jeans on Fridays if they contribute $10 or more a month to Lakeland Bank Charities. Employees nominate their favorite charities at the beginning of the year, and each month a charity is selected to receive a donation.
About the Charities
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude opened in February 1962. Its mission is to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. The hospital doors are open to children from the United States as well as those from around the world, and no child is ever denied treatment because of a family’s inability to pay. Visit www.stjude.org to learn more.
According to JDRF, the organization is the worldwide leader in funding research to cure type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly and lasts a lifetime. JDRF is the leading funder and advocate of type 1 diabetes science. Its mission is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. The foundation is committed to developing new and better treatments that improve the lives of people with type 1 diabetes in the near term and keep them healthy while the foundation advances toward a cure. More information is available at www.jdrf.org.
Division of Ophthalmology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
The pediatric eye specialists at CHOP care for children with a full range of eye and vision problems including eye misalignment or abnormal eye movements, amblyopia (lazy eye), and poor visual function. They also treat rare eye conditions in children such as cataracts, glaucoma, retinopathy of prematurity, droopy eyelids and tearing problems.
Donations to support glaucoma research can be made through the CHOP Foundation, a charitable, tax-exempt organization benefiting The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Visit the Division of Ophthalmology at http://www.chop.edu/service/ophthalmology-eye to learn more about their services and ways to support research.
About Lakeland Bank
Lakeland Bancorp, the holding company for Lakeland Bank, has an asset base of approximately $2.7 billion and 47 offices spanning six northern New Jersey counties: Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Warren. Lakeland Bank offers an extensive array of consumer and commercial products and services, including online banking, localized commercial lending teams, and 24-hour or less turnaround time on consumer loan applications. For more information about the bank’s full line of products and services, visit their website at lakelandbank.com.