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Oritani Bank Named “Champion of Good Works”

Posted on 6/8/2015 by

Township of Washington, N.J. (June 8, 2015) – Oritani Bank, headquartered in the Township of Washington, was recently named a “Champion of Good Works” by the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) at its recent Chairman’s Reception saluting corporate philanthropy.

More than 200 business executives attended the gala reception at the Stony Hill Inn in Hackensack. Martin Kafafian, chairman of the CIANJ board of directors, presented the trophies to 31 businesses. “For most of these companies their donations, kindness and community outreach are part of their corporate culture — their mission,” said Kafafian, who is also a managing member of the Beattie Padovano law firm in Montvale. “The public at large is often unaware of the magnitude and scope of the good works. This reception is our way of shining a spotlight on “Companies that Care.”

Oritani Bank was recognized for its efforts in delivering food to the Center for Food Action, headquartered in Englewood, and making donations to the organization totaling $75,000. Michael A. DeBernardi, the chief operating officer of the bank, accepted the award at the reception.

The CIANJ is a statewide business advocacy organization based in Paramus. It represents more than 900 member companies from every business sector. The associations asked businesses to tell stories of their good works and more than 85 responses were given. These accounts and pictures are featured in a special “Companies that Care “ section in the March issue of COMMERCE Magazine, the media arm of the association.

A panel of judges reviewed all the submissions and selected 31 champions. The judges included: Cathleen Davey, executive director of the Ramapo College Foundation, John Galandak, president of the CIANJ, Jackie Lue Raia, assistant director of the NJ Sharing Network, Cindy Myer, the owner of Ridgewood Moving Service who also serves as president of the board of the Center for Hope and Safety; Jacey Raimondo, executive director of the Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County, Judi Stewart, an ambassador with the CIANJ Human Resources Council, and Tom Toronto, president of Bergen County’s United Way.

Along with the champion, the CIANJ also honored a family-owned Midland Park men’s clothing store for its “Extraordinary Good Works.” Over the past five years Sal Lauretta for Men organized a fashion show raised more than $460,000 for Eva’s Village, a social service agency in Paterson that provides food, shelter and counseling to those in need.

About OritaniBank Charitable Foundation:

Oritani Bank established the OritaniBank Charitable Foundation in 2007 to assist not-for-profit organizations that help to improve the quality of life for area residents, especially those members of its communities most in need. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated more than $5 million to local charitable organizations, primarily in support of education, health and human services, youth programs and affordable housing.

About Oritani Bank:

Oritani Bank is a 103-year-old community bank with 25 branches and more than $3 billion in assets, based in the Township of Washington, New Jersey. Oritani Bank is a publicly held company trading on the NASDAQ with the trading symbol “ORIT.” Oritani Bank offers a full line of deposit and loan services to both retail and commercial customers. For more information, call 888-ORITANI, or visit its website,

rom Left to Right: Michael A. DeBernardi, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Oritani Bank and Martin Kafafian, chairman of the CIANJ board of directors

From Left to Right: Michael A. DeBernardi, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Oritani Bank and Martin Kafafian, Chairman of the CIANJ Board of Directors


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