Lakeland Bank presents LGBTQ business group with $5,000 sponsorship check

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Check presented to NJPCC
Lakeland Bank's Alethea Batts, First Senior VP Learning and Organization Development and Chief Diversity Officer and Kenneth Bostwick, Senior VP, Director of Regional Sales at Lakeland present a $5,000 check to NJPCC president Stephen P. Blazejewski.

New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce welcomes Lakeland Bank support for second year

The New Jersey Pride Chamber of Commerce (NJPCC) announced today that for a second year in a row, Lakeland Bank has committed to partnering with the organization. This year the bank will be a Supporting Partner.

During a presentation ceremony at Lakeland Bank’s Wayne, NJ branch, Alethea Batts, First Senior Vice President, Learning and Organization Development and Chief Diversity Officer, and Kenneth Bostwick, Senior Vice President, Director of Regional Sales, presented a $5,000 check to NJPCC. Stephen P. Blazejewski, President of NJPCC was there to accept the check on behalf of the organization.

“As a community bank, we remain committed to building strong and thriving neighborhoods,” said Batts. “We are proud to partner with the NJPCC to help provide resources and opportunities for the LGBTQ+ community throughout New Jersey.”

“For two years in a row, Lakeland Bank has demonstrated their commitment to the LGBTQ+ business community in the state of New Jersey by partnering with NJPCC,” said Blazejewski. “Without their support, the work that we do would not be possible. We are excited to work side-by-side with Lakeland Bank’s leadership team to continue to uplift our members and their businesses to new heights.”

Lakeland Bank prides itself on its excellent customer service, extensive branch network, and commercial lending centers throughout New Jersey and Highland Mills, New York. The bank offers financial, consumer, and business services.

Since 2013, the NJPCC has been the premier LGBTQ and allied business organization committed to facilitating successful business collaborations and increasing the economic staying power of its diverse membership said an NJPCC news release. “As an inclusive platform for business visionaries, the Chamber is the first stop for LGBTQ+ and allied entrepreneurs seeking to grow and access opportunities.

“NJPCC primary mission is to promote the economic growth and development of the local community and help to better serve its members’ businesses by providing resources and opportunities for education, networking, and community engagement.”

The NJ Pride Chamber of Commerce is an official affiliate of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

Lakeland Bank is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. which has over $10 billion in total assets. With an extensive branch network and commercial lending centers throughout New Jersey and Highland Mills, N.Y.

Lakeland Bank is recognized as New Jersey’s #1 Best-In-State Bank by Forbes and Statista, named a Best Bank To Work For by American Banker and Best Companies Group. It is rated a 5-Star Bank by Bauer Financial and named one of New Jersey’s 50 Fastest Growing Companies by NJBIZ.