November 28, 2016, Jersey
City, NJ – One of the first gala events of the holiday season will take place
this Thursday, December 1, when the Hudson County Community College (HCCC)
Foundation hosts its 19th annual festive fundraiser, which will
feature a unique facet. The event will start at 6 p.m. in the College’s
Culinary Conference Center, 161 Newkirk Street in Jersey City – two blocks from
the Journal Square PATH Transportation Center. Proceeds will provide
scholarships for deserving students.
HCCC Vice President for
Development Joseph D. Sansone said the theme for this year’s event is “A Gala
Dining Experience.” Attendees will tour the College’s Culinary Arts Institute
(CAI) program kitchens, where they will be able to savor a choice of more than
40 small plates that are representative of cuisine from around the world. The
hors d’oeuvres, main dishes, side dishes and desserts – which include Asian
style fish tacos, chana masala, pizza, teriyaki, bite-size pretzels with an
assortment of dipping sauces, Argentine grilled lamb chops, no less than a
half-dozen different meatballs, lobster rolls, falafel, ceviche, smoked duck
breast, Roman beef, cold rolls and wontons, savory tartes and much more – are
all being prepared by the HCCC CAI chefs/instructors.
“The 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.
Another highlight of the
event will be the presentation of the College’s 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
- 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.
Individual tickets for the
gala are available at $500.00 each.
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.
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 nearly $3 million in scholarships. The HCCC Foundation
also 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 by nationally acclaimed artists which are displayed throughout
all of the buildings on the College’s Journal Square Campus and at the North
Hudson Campus. The Foundation also hosts a series of lectures called “Arts Talks,”
which feature prominent artists and art authorities and scholars, and are open
to the general public.
Additional information for
the event and all tickets may be obtained by emailing
or phoning 201.360.4004.