MATAWAN – The Provident Bank was welcomed by sunny skies and hundreds of local residents at the grand opening of its newest branch in Matawan on Saturday, Sept. 26, located at 445 Route 34.
The Old Bridge High School marching band kicked-off the opening at 9 a.m., followed by remarks about the welcoming community in Matawan and the great opportunities for local businesses from Kelly Kruchinsky, the branch’s office manager, Old Bridge Mayor James Phillips and Provident’s president and CEO Chris Martin.
And the band played on. The marching band continued to play after the ribbon-cutting, while local residents were treated to an array of tasty refreshments, including pastries, popcorn, hot dogs and sandwiches. Visitors also stopped in for balloon animals, a moon bounce and a chance to play Provident Instant Cash Rewards Game or to open a new account at the bank.
“We are excited to open our doors for the first time on this beautiful day,” said Office Manager Kelly Kruchinsky. “We have had a slew of new customers interested in the wide-range of banking services Provident offers. The response from the local community has confirmed that there is a demand for a bank like Provident in this area.”
As part of its grand opening celebration, Provident is running a special sweepstakes for a chance to win a home theater system, which includes a 46” LCD HD-TV, PlayStation 3, Ultimate Rock Band 2, Gene Simmons wireless axe and more. Entries are being accepted at the Matawan branch through Oct. 31.
Provident is New Jersey’s oldest bank and now has 84 branches throughout the state. The branch was well-received not only by residents, but by other community members, as well. Representatives from the Cheesequake Volunteer Fire Company, Cheesequake First Aid, Matawan Police department and Old Bridge Board of Education were on-site to join in the festivities.
There was more to the day than fun and games; many new customers visited the branch to inquire about the bank’s products and open accounts.
“As a community bank with a 170-year history, we have a lot to offer this region,” said Provident President and CEO Chris Martin. “We are excited to join the business community and look forward to building and expanding relationships here with our new and existing customers.”
The festivities at The Provident Bank’s branch opening in Matawan drew local residents from across the area. The Old Bridge High School marching band began the ribbon-cutting with the “Star Spangled Banner” and representatives from local organizations attended, including the Cheesequake Volunteer Fire Company, the Cheesequake First Aid, Matawan Police Department and Old Bridge Board of Education. From left: Melissa Bolger, Old Bridge High School marching band director; Chris Martin, Provident’s President and CEO; Kelly Kruchinsky, Matawan office manager; Old Bridge High School Marching Band; Michael Raimonde, Provident SVP and director of retail banking; Maria Romano, Provident regional manager; Eric Anderson, Matawan Police department; Bottom row: Lt. Thomas Small, Firefighter Eric Walker, Chief Bruce Walker, President James Flores and Firefighter Matthew Rosenstreich from the Cheesequake Volunteer Fire Company; Lisa Giuliano and Russ Weber from the Cheesequake First Aid; and Eugene Donoforia, Old Bridge Board of Education.
Ashley and Hannah Cohen show-off their Provident beehive piggy banks at the Matawan branch grand opening on Saturday, September 26. The Cohen’s were one of many local families that attended the celebration to meet the Matawan branch staff and participate in the festivities.
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