Motown Madness Scholarship Honors Three

3-17-04

"Motown Madness," the college's 2004 Scholarship Dinner Dance, was bigger and better than ever this year. Nearly $250,000 was raised for scholarships for deserving students when nearly 600 supporters turned out at the Hyatt Regency, Princeton.

Pharmacist Steven Zagoreos of Larenceville, a 1961 graduate, was honored as "Alumnus of the Year." The college presented the "Distinguished Corporate Friend" award to Merrill Lynch Corporation, accepted by Helene Garcia, vice president and manager of N.J. Community Leadership. The "Community Service Award" went to the Hyatt Regency, Princeton, accepted by Hyatt General Manager Heinz Gartlgruber.

Zagoreos, the owner of McGrath Pharmacy, serves as pharmaceutical consultant to Morris Hall's St. Mary's Residence, The Curtis McGraw Infirmary at the Lawrenceville School, and the Isabella McCosh Infirmary at Princeton University. He is on the board of the Lawrence Neighborhood Service Center and has been recognized by the Lawrence Township Council for assisting Lawrence High School students during an outbreak of meningitis. He was named National Pharmacist of the Year by Amerisource, and in 2002 was recognized by Congressman Rush Holt as the first area pharmacy owner to ban the sale of cigarettes from his establishment.

Merrill Lynch Corporation, a longtime supporter of college initiatives, is currently funding a program that enables Mercer to join with the New Jersey Council on Economic Education in promoting economic literacy. MCCC will provide training to teachers in economic education, curriculum development, The Stock Market Game and related areas. According to Garcia, "Merrill Lynch is committed to enhancing the educational experience and providing access for all."

The Hyatt Regency, Princeton, has hosted MCCC's annual dinner dance for fifteen years. Hyatt staff work with MCCC in providing employment opportunities for students, particularly those in the "Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management" degree program. The Hyatt is active on the Mercer County Workforce Development Board and provides a job readiness program for high school and welfare-to-work students. Each year the Hyatt hosts a "Groundhog Shadow Day" for high school students and provides summer internships for disadvantaged youth. The annual Camp Hyatt introduces fifth graders to jobs in the travel and tourism industry.

"Motown Madness" featured entertainment and dancing by the Soul Cruisers, a popular New York nightclub band, a silent art auction, dancing, hors d'oeuvres and an elegant dinner.

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