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Crowd Gathers at 10th Annual Hot Dog Roast at Regal Bank

Employees of Regal Bank celebrate a successful 10th annual Hot Dog Roast around their brand new grill. Credits: Conor McCloskey
From left to right: Monte Ehrenkranz, Freeholder Leonard Luciano, Jay Freireich, Councilman Rudy Fernandez, and Deputy Mayor Ed Meinhardt. Credits: Conor McCloskey
Local children educate TAPinto on how to 'dab,' a trending dance move popular among youth. Credits: Conor McCloskey
The festivities drew a large crowd behind Regal Banks corporate office. Credits: Conor McCloskey
Thomas Lupo (Right), CEO and President of Regal Bank with Essex County Freeholder Leonard Luciano (Left). Credits: Conor McCloskey
Danielle Santola (Right) interviews Daniel Tower (Left), Executive VP & COO of Regal Bank at their tenth annual Hot Dog Roast. Credits: Conor McCloskey
Credits: Conor McCloskey
Credits: Conor McCloskey
Credits: Conor McCloskey
Credits: Conor McCloskey
Credits: Conor McCloskey
Credits: Conor McCloskey

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The team at Regal Bank, a full-service community bank with branches in Livingston, Roseland, Florham Park, Millburn, West Orange, Summit, Somerset, Springfield and Somerville, invited clients and friends to its 10th annual Hot Dog Roast in the parking lot of its Livingston headquarters at 570 West Mt. Pleasant Avenue on Thursday afternoon.

The team fired up its brand new grill to serve a record number of guests, who also enjoyed lawn games like Cornhole and the Regal Bank Prize Wheel as they relaxed in the sun. According to Monte Ehrenkranz, vice president/business development, the annual barbecue is the bank’s way of celebrating and thanking all the people that contribute to its success.

“We’re a community bank, so it’s always so heartwarming and encouraging to see all these people,” said Thomas Lupo, president and chief executive officer of Regal Bank. “Most of them are costumers, some are not—and to hear them say, ‘We look forward to coming to this event and it’s relaxing, it’s casual and everyone has such a nice time,’ is very rewarding.”

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Considering that Regal Bank prides itself on being involved in the community, Dan Tower, executive vice president and chief financial advisor and the official “griller” of the annual roast, said the Hot Dog Roast is fitting with the Regal Bank mission.

“It comes down to how we do business,” said Tower. “It’s all about relationships, it’s all about meeting people and this is indicative of the whole business.”

The 10th annual roast was attended by community members as well as clients, including local dignitaries like council members Ed Meinhardt and Rudy Fernandez, Livingston Board of Education president Ronnie Konner, Essex County Freeholder Leonard Luciano and more. Meinhardt, Livingston’s deputy mayor, said the annual Hot Dog Roast “demonstrates Regal Bank’s willingness to help the community.”

“They’re such an integral part of our community and want to come to so many different activities,” said Meinhardt. “Every day they’re involved in all the activities we have, they always sponsor activities and to invite the community is just a natural thing to them so we could all enjoy a nice day, a nice lunch together and spend an hour out of our daily routines to just enjoy each other’s company.”

Meinhardt also noted his excitement for the upcoming Livingston Summer Concert Series, which is sponsored by Regal Bank and is one of the summer’s most anticipated events in Livingston. He called the concert series an “iconic institution” within the township, where hundreds of residents bring their chairs to the Oval to enjoy the music and spend Sunday night together.

The 9th annual community event, which showcases live musical performances every Sunday evening in July at the gazebo near the Memorial Oval, will include picnic food and lawn games to add to the lineup of live soul, country, pop and rock performances.

Lupo also expressed his enthusiasm for the upcoming event, which begins on July 2 with the B-Street Band, a Bruce Springsteen tribute group.

“So many of our employees get fired up, they attend it, they help out and they’re inspired by it,” said Lupo. “They look forward to these events and we’re very proud to do that for Livingston. That’s a very nice event, very well-attended and we get so many compliments from people in town on that.”

To see the lineup for the 9th annual Livingston Summer Concert Series, click HERE.

Click HERE to learn more about Regal Bank.  

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