Three to be Honored March 7 at MCCC's Scholarship Dinner Dance

2-19-09

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- Three long-time supporters of Mercer County Community College will be honored at the Scholarship Dinner Dance March 7 at the Hyatt Regency Princeton. Receiving MCCC's "Spirit of Education" awards will be Faridy,Veisz, Fraytak Architects, P.C. and Janssen, Division of Ortho McNeil Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. The "Spirit of Service" award will go to Richard Kisco, owner of LeFleur, The Princeton Flower Shop.

The Scholarship Dinner Dance, "On a Sea Cruise," will feature an elegant dinner, dancing and a silent auction, including original artwork donated by area artists. Jill Whelan, a cast member in the TV show "Love Boat" will entertain and greet guests. AAA has donated a $500 gift certificate which can be used for any of their trips, which will be raffled. Individual tickets are available at $200, and silent auction donations are being accepted. For further information contact Jeremy Parry at 609-570-3617 or parryj@mccc.edu.

The architectural firm Faridy Veisz Fraytak, P.C., has been a loyal supporter of MCCC for more than 40 years. The firm designed the college's striking Conference Center and the addition to the Physical Education building. Over the years many MCCC architecture students have gained experience at the firm. Former company president Jamil Faridy has served on the MCCC Foundation Board for the past 18 years and is a major fundraiser for the college. He endowed a scholarship for architecture students 12 years ago. The firm's current president, David Fraytak, also a member of the college Foundation Board, serves on the MCCC Golf Tournament Committee and is a major supporter of scholarships. John Veisz, the company's corporate secretary/treasurer, is a Mercer graduate and has served as a member of the adjunct faculty. Mr. Fraytak will accept the award on behalf of the firm.
Janssen, Division of Ortho McNeil Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, has been a long-term partner with MCCC. Through a special grant in support of programs in the health professions and science, the company renovated and retrofitted science labs at the James Kerney Campus. Janssen has been a corporate sponsor of the Scholarship Dinner Dance since 1989. In 2004 the company endowed the Dr. Paul Janssen Memorial Scholarship, awarded annually to students in allied health fields. In 2000- 2001 Janssen executives mentored pre-teens and teens in youth programs at the James Kerney Campus. Accepting the award for Janssen will be Katie Reilly-Gauvin, vice president of sales and marketing.

Richard Kisco, owner of Le Fleur, The Princeton Flower Shop, is a 1969 graduate of MCCC and a community ambassador for the college. Along with a group of other committed community volunteers, Mr. Kisco was a charter member of the Scholarship Dinner Dance Committee, which began in 1990. Each year since then he has served as the creative consultant and florist, working to create a compelling visual atmosphere for Mercer's annual scholarship fundraiser. He has involved MCCC students in the creative process whenever possible.

Mr. Kisco is a member of the college's Foundation Board and volunteers with numerous other community organizations. His shop has employed many MCCC students over the years. He credits Mercer with enabling him to get a good start on his education, which he continued at Waynesburg and Ohio State universities.

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