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37th Annual Scholarship Ball Raises $122,000

May 18, 2006

Patrons of this year’s 37th Annual Scholarship Ball were truly treated as royalty for the day.  The Palace truly lived up to its name by delivering on elegance, ambience, and attentive service.  Guests were greeted at the door by attendants serving champagne on silver trays.  After having their portraits taken guests moved into the reception room for fine horsd’oeuvres, conversations with fellow foundation supporters and our largest silent auction ever!

The curtains opened revealing a palatial ballroom adorned with crystal chandeliers and fine woodwork. As the program unfolded all present were surprised at the presentation of a generous $10,000 check from student representatives from the Middlesex County College’s Hispanic American Club.

This special gift was made in response to the Foundation’s Community Investment Campaign and in honor of Zoraida Calvo-Scott. This new endowed scholarship in Ms. Calvo-Scott’s name will benefit students active in the Hispanic American Club who have financial need. Zoraida, who has served as the club’s moderator for many years, will retire at the end of the school year.

Updating those present on the status of the Foundation’s Community Investment Campaign, Foundation Chairman Charles T. Larsson noted, “With the addition of this gift our total funds raised to date now exceeds $1,610,000! This gift is particularly inspirational because this group of current students understands the importance of helping other students in need at MCC. To do so, the club chose to empty their treasury of funds raised over the years through bake sales and other club activities. This commitment is an example of what both current student and alumni groups are capable of doing to help deserving MCC students.”

Mr. Larsson explained, “The Foundation’s Honoree, Jackson Lewis LLP, has a longstanding association with the college.  The firm has been consistently generous in their support of Middlesex county college students for more than a decade.  They were also an inaugural member in our corporate mission sponsor program.  They have been represented at every scholarship ball since 1997 and were a lead donor to the Learning Resources Campaign.  Jackson Lewis’s support and involvement prove their belief in the value of affordable, quality education being available to our students.”

Jeffrey J. Corradino, Partner in the firm, received the Honoree Award on behalf of Jackson Lewis. Mr. Corradino in his remarks said, “In light of recent State budget cuts for education it is now more important than ever that the whole community come together to support the Foundation. Our financial and events support helps insure that deserving students can continue to access a quality and affordable MCC education.”  Mr. Corradino said his personal contact with MCC goes back to his law school days in 1985.

The dinner that followed was sumptuous and served with theatrical flair. We were pleased to learn that many MCC Hotel and Restaurant Industry graduates are employed by The Palace.  Many of them were serving in various capacities that evening. The Head Chef himself is a former MCC Adjunct Professor. This made guests feel even more at home at The Palace.

To draw the evening to a close, the curtains were opened to the Grand Foyer where guests enjoyed a remarkable Viennese table of deserts. Desert was even more enjoyable when accompanied by relaxing live piano music.

The MCC Foundation is grateful to Betty Whalen, a Board member and Adjunct Professor, for serving as Chairwoman of this very successful event. Thanks to her tireless volunteerism and that of her many committee members, the event netted over $95,000, a $15,000 increase over last year. Nearly $10,000 of this were proceeds from the silent auction. We are grateful to our silent auction donors, attendees, sponsors and underwriters without whom this event could have not been as successful.

The net proceeds of the 37th Annual Scholarship Ball, is the equivalent of approximately 95 scholarships for deserving MCC students!  We thank you on our scholars behalf.

Thanks to those who supported last year’s Ball and many other generous donors, the Foundation was able to provide scholarships and financial aid to 620 MCC students last academic year!  Thank you for making a difference in the lives of deserving MCC students by giving them the opportunity to realize their academic and career dreams.