4, 2016, Jersey City, NJ – The Hudson
County Community College (HCCC) Foundation will host its annual gala fundraiser
at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 1, 2016. The event will be held in the
College’s Culinary Conference Center, 161 Newkirk Street in Jersey City – two
blocks from the Journal Square PATH Transportation Center.
Vice President for Development Joseph D. Sansone said that this year’s gala
will be uniquely different from those of the past. The 2016 event, “A Gala Dining Experience,”
will include a tour of the College’s Culinary Arts Institute (CAI) program
kitchens, during which attendees will enjoy exquisite, international cuisine
prepared by the HCCC CAI chefs/instructors.
food is always one of the highlights at the Foundation galas, and it’s really
no wonder – the HCCC CAI has been ranked the number-six best culinary program
in the country,” Mr. Sansone stated. He noted that the event has been planned
to represent and celebrate the diversity of the College.
the event, the College will present the 2016 Distinguished Service Awards,
which recognize individuals and organizations for their work on behalf of the
College and the people of Hudson County. This year’s honorees are:
- James A. Fife, Mayor of Harrison, NJ and HCCC Trustee Emeritus. Mr. Fife has a distinguished 28-year career in
education, having served as a teacher, guidance counselor, Dean of Students,
Assistant Principal, and Principal of Harrison High School. He has served on
the boards of Hudson County Schools of Technology, Harrison Board of Education, Harrison Housing
Authority, Hudson County Community College Board of Trustees (where he is now
Trustee Emeritus), Pioneer Boys Scholarship Committee, and Harrison
Redevelopment Agency. In 2014, Mr. Fife became the seventh Mayor of Harrison
and was elected to a four-year term.
- Joseph M. Napolitano, Sr. Mr. Napolitano is a lifelong resident of
Jersey City, U.S. Army veteran, musician, and songwriter who taught at Snyder
High School, Louie DelMonte and Master School of Music, and who was the
owner/proprietor of Jacob’s Deli. He has served on the boards of the Jersey
City Recreation Foundation, Pershing Field Babe Ruth League, Jerramiah T. Healy
Charitable Foundation, Rotary Club Jersey City-Daybreak, Boys & Girls Clubs
of Hudson County, Jersey City Heights Civic Association, and Secretary of the Hudson
County Community College Foundation Board of Directors. He was also a recipient
of the 2015 Hudson County Community College Heritage Award.
dinner tickets for the gala are available at $500.00 each.
are several sponsorship opportunities, ranging from $2,400 to $20,000; complete
information is available at http://www.hccc.edu/uploadedFiles/Pages/Foundation/HolidayExtravaganza-fall2016.pdf.
In addition, the HCCC
Foundation will hold its annual “Lucky Odds” raffle the evening of the gala.
The “Lucky Odds” Grand Prize winner will receive 40% of the raffle ticket
sales, the Second Prize winner 6%, and the Third Prize Winner 4%. Raffle
tickets cost $50 each; ticket holders need not be present to win.
Additional information and all
tickets may be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
or phoning 201.360.4004.
The Hudson County Community
College Foundation is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 corporation giving tax-exempt
status to contributors. Since the Foundation was established in 1997, it has
provided over $1.5 million in scholarships.
In addition, the HCCC Foundation established the Foundation Art
Collection nine years ago to coincide with the initiation of the College’s Fine
Arts studies program. Presently, the Collection includes over 900 paintings, lithographs, photographs, sculptures, and other works-of-art
that are displayed throughout all of the buildings on the College’s Journal
Square Campus and at the North Hudson Higher Education Center. Artists in the
Collection include: Donald Baechler, Leonard Baskin, Elizabeth Catlett,
Christo, Willie Cole, Edward S. Curtis, Marcel Duchamp, Lisa Parker Hyatt,
Rockwell Kent, Joseph Kosuth, Valeri Larko, Roy Lichtenstein, Reginald Marsh,
Méret Oppenheim, Robert Rauschenberg, Man Ray, Mickalene Thomas, and William
Wegman. The Foundation also hosts a series of lectures called “Arts Talk,”
which feature prominent artists and art authorities and scholars, and are open
to the general public.
The HCCC Foundation’s Board of
Directors also organizes and holds an annual Golf Outing, “Night at the Races,”
and the HCCC Employees’ Scholarship Luncheon. Throughout the year there are
other events held to build scholarship funds for students specifically from
Hudson County’s northern, western, and Hoboken municipalities.