Township of Washington, NJ November 30, 2011 Oritani Bank received the 2011 Medallion Award of Merit for Corporate Responsibility and Philanthropy at Bergen Community College Foundations 27th Annual Medallion Awards Dinner held at the Rockleigh Country Club on November 18th. A major fundraising event for Bergen Community College, the annual gala recognizes corporations and individuals for their outstanding contributions to the College and Bergen County.
Accepting the honor on behalf of Oritani Bank and the OritaniBank Charitable Foundation, President and CEO Kevin J. Lynch announced that Oritani will award a $100,000 four year grant for scholarships to the Bergen Community College Foundation. Bergen Community College is most pleased by the extraordinary generosity of Oritani Bank and the Oritani Bank Charitable Foundation, said Dr. Jose Adames, Interim President of Bergen Community College. The scholarships will help meritorious and needy students to fulfill their dreams of continuing and completing their higher education goals. Each student has a story unique to their life experiences and these scholarships will permit them to write another chapter in their story of success.
As a true community bank with deep roots in Bergen County, Oritani Bank appreciates the important role Bergen Community College plays in preparing residents for success in their careers and at four-year institutions, said Mr. Lynch. We are honored to do our part to help the Colleges Foundation provide more hard-working members of our community with the opportunity to pursue a higher education.
Founded in 1965 to satisfy the regions need for a convenient, affordable and comprehensive institution of higher learning, Bergen Community College now enrolls more than 17,000 students in its academic degree programs. The Bergen Community College Foundation is a separate nonprofit corporation established in 1982 to raise, invest and administer funds for student scholarships, program support and special projects.
The OritaniBank Charitable Foundation was established in 2007 to assist not-for-profit organizations that help improve the quality of life for residents in Bergen, Hudson, Passaic and Essex counties. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated more than $2.4 million to local charitable organizations, primarily in support of education, health & human services, youth programs, and affordable housing.
Oritani Bank is a 100 year old community bank with over $2.6 billion in assets based in the Township of Washington, New Jersey. Oritani Banks parent, Oritani Financial Corp., is a publicly held company trading on the NASDAQ with the trading symbol ORIT. Oritani Bank has 24 branches throughout Bergen, Hudson, Passaic and Essex Counties, and offers a full line of deposit and loan services to both retail and commercial customers. For more information, call 888-ORITANI, or visit their website, www.oritani.com.