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MCCC Foundation to Host “Spring Into Student Success!” Scholarship Fundraiser With Mardi Gras Theme on April 20

2/20/18


Nina Melker and Pat Colavita

“Spring Into Student Success!” steering committee chairs Nina Melker (Berkshire Bank) and Mercer County Freeholder Pasquale “Pat” Colavita Jr.

WEST WINDSOR – This year “Fat Tuesday” will come on Friday – and in April – as the Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) Foundation has adopted a Mardi Gras theme for its annual spring scholarship fundraiser, “Spring Into Student Success!”

Now in its 29th year, “Spring Into Student Success!,” with the theme “Mercer Gras,” will be held on Friday, April 20, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Cedar Gardens Banquet, 661 Highway 33 in Hamilton, with all proceeds to support student scholarships. Event co-chairs are Nina D. Melker, senior vice president at Berkshire Bank, and Mercer County Freeholder Pasquale “Pat” Colavita Jr.

“Today’s college students face financial challenges that didn’t even exist a few short years ago,” Melker said. “But through our collective efforts, we have the power to help them attend college and achieve their goals.”

Each year the MCCC Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships to high-achieving and financially-qualified students, including non-traditional students, part-time students, and single parents. Many students benefit from endowed or named scholarships established by donors through the Foundation. This year alone, more than $550,000 in direct support will be awarded to MCCC students. According to Colavita, all is made possible through partnerships forged throughout the community.

“The Spring Into Student Success event represents what’s best about Mercer County – community partners coming together for the benefit of MCCC students with the focus on helping them achieve their personal and professional objectives,” Colavita said.

This year’s event features a formal dinner prepared by Diamond Catering, including hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, coffee and desserts, live music by the Renaissance Orchestra, and a silent auction. The evening will include an awards presentation honoring community partners for their outstanding contributions and service to MCCC.

Businesses and community members are invited to participate through corporate sponsorships, advertisements in the program book, silent auction donations, and tickets to the event. For more information, visit www.mccc.edu/siss, e-mail hoffmanm@mccc.edu or contact Michelle Hoffman at (609) 570-3616.


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