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Union County College Foundation Gala Raises Funds for Student Scholarships

pictured left to right: Union County College President Margaret M. McMenamin, Union County Board of Chosen Freeholder Alexander Mirabella and his wife, Phyllis.

CRANFORD – The Union County College Foundation celebrated its 21st Annual Gala on November 15, 2013, at the Westwood in Garwood, NJ. Held to raise money for scholarships for students, the event raised more than $200,000, which will help further the core mission of the College, to provide students with an affordable, accessible, and quality education.

The evening began with a silent auction that included 41 items. This was followed by dinner, during which a live auction of 7 “experiences” were sold. These experiences included a trip to Good Morning America and a back stage tour, tickets to Broadway shows, and vacation packages. Student Representative Julia Kovach spoke following dinner about how the scholarships she has received through the years allowed her to remain a full-time student and complete her degree in two-years. Following her speech, an appeal for donations to support the cost of tuition and books for at least five students was held. This led to over $50,000 in donations.

The Union County College Foundation honored Union County Board of Chosen Freeholder Alexander Mirabella and Brian MacLean, Vice President of Operations for Elizabethtown Gas. Both honorees have distinguished themselves through community service and civic and charitable support. More than 300 attendees joined the Foundation to recognize these outstanding role models for Union County College students.

A 12-member committee of community volunteers organized and managed the gala. The chair of this year’s gala committee was Suzanne S. Covine, Class of ’58.

The theme of the evening was “Music and Memories” and Autoland, of Springfield, was the main sponsor of the event, as the Motown Sponsor. Johnston Communications was the Cocktail Sponsor and Royal Printing was the Printing Sponsor.

For more information on the Union County College Foundation, please visit www.uccfoundation.org.