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“Floyd Fest” to Honor Jim and Fannie Floyd; Raise Scholarship Dollars


West Windsor, NJ:  Mercer County Community College’s Foundation, along with community volunteers, will host the second “Floyd Fest,” an afternoon jazz event to honor long-time community volunteers James (Jim) and Fannie Floyd, and to support the Jim and Fannie Floyd Scholarship Fund.  The event takes place on Sunday, Oct. 16, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the Nassau Inn, Palmer Square in Princeton, and is co-chaired by Princeton community leader Hendricks Davis and MCCC Foundation Board member Bob Humes.

Music will be provided by MCCC jazz students, and brief remarks will be made by community members who will share personal reflections.

The 2011 Floyd Fest Committee, seated, left to right, are Hendricks Davis, Anne Reeves, Jim Floyd, Barrie Bullock and Jody Archimene.  Standing, left to right, are Ruth Miller, Bernie Miller, Ruth Rosser, Debby D’Arcangelo, Mildred Trotman, Minnie Craig, Shirley Satterfield and Bob Humes. Additional committee members include Peter Crowley, James Firestone, Chad Goerner, Martha Hartmann, Pamela Hersh, Robert Hillier, Karen Kennedy, Lance Liverman and Len Newton.

Jim Floyd, a lifelong community leader and 30-year member of the college’s Foundation Board, was the first African-American elected to the Princeton Township Committee, and the first to serve as mayor of Princeton. Floyd and his wife, Fannie, who passed away in 2008, were active volunteers for decades, working to foster educational opportunities and to combat discrimination in housing.

According to event co-chair, Hendricks Davis, "Floyd Fest for Education is a special opportunity to focus on the powerful example of community engagement and support for education demonstrated by Jim and Fannie Floyd. This enjoyable event also provides the Princeton community a way to assist others in their quest for higher education, which is absolutely essential for success in today's world.  There are thousands of students--many from Princeton--who want to access the excellent educational opportunities at Mercer County Community College, but who need financial assistance.  We are continuing to build the Jim and Fannie Floyd Scholarship so that more students can be helped."  

After graduating from Trenton Central High School, Mr. Floyd studied commercial art at the Trenton School of Industrial Design, which later became Trenton Junior College, then Mercer County Community College. He graduated cum laude from West Virginia State College, and had a wide-ranging career, culminating at Educational Testing Service in a management position.

Jim and Fannie’s concerns about education and housing led them to give their services to many organizations.  Jim served on the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Housing and the Board of Adjustment, while Fannie’s primary interest was in the Princeton Committee of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.  Later, Jim became a charter member of the Princeton Community Housing group.  Now 89, Jim continues to serve on many boards in the nonprofit sector including the Mercer County Community College (MCCC) Foundation Board.  

The MCCC Foundation is the fundraising arm of MCCC, comprised of community volunteers.  MCCC offers credit and noncredit educational programs at its suburban campus in West Windsor, the James Kerney campus in downtown Trenton, and online through The Virtual College. 

Tickets for Floyd Fest, as well as sponsorships and donations to the scholarship fund, may be submitted online here.  Tickets are $50 per person.  For further information e-mail foundation@mccc.edu or call Amy Frangione at 609-570-3607. 

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