WEST WINDSOR – Mercer County Community College (MCCC) will kick off its 50th anniversary and celebrate a half-century of student success with a gala scholarship fundraiser on April 15, and will honor three community partners who have assisted students in achieving their academic goals.
The celebration will begin with the inauguration of Dr. Jianping Wang as MCCC’s sixth president at 2 p.m. on MCCC’s West Windsor Campus. At 6 p.m., friends, supporters, and the community are invited to attend the “50th Anniversary Gala Celebrating Spring Into Student Success,” a fundraiser hosted by the MCCC Foundation to benefit student scholarships. In recognition of the college’s golden anniversary, three community partners will be honored for their dedication to furthering MCCC’s mission of student success:
• Albert Kahn Foundation and Edward Kahn, Distinguished Benefactor Award. Edward Kahn has carried on the rich legacy of generosity to MCCC established by his father, Albert Kahn, Esq., one of the founders and original members of the college’s Board of Trustees. Scholarships awarded by the Albert B. Kahn Foundation are among Mercer’s most enduring, providing funds to both continuing and graduating students. Last year alone, 20 students were recipients of Kahn scholarships, providing funds to both continuing and graduating students who come to Mercer from Trenton Central High School.
• Jim and Fannie Floyd, Spirit of Education Award. The Jim and Fannie Floyd Scholarship at MCCC honors Jim Floyd, a life-long community leader and decades-long friend of Mercer, and his beloved late wife Fannie Reeves Floyd. As a founding member of the MCCC Foundation Board of Directors, Jim celebrates the opportunity that Mercer brings to so many throughout the region. Jim has been honored many times over the years by many organizations, and MCCC is privileged to be one of the organizations that Jim continues to serve actively.
• Bristol-Myers Squibb, Distinguished Corporate Partner Award. Bristol-Myers Squibb’s (BMS) grants and funding by the BMS Foundation have significantly enhanced learning in science and technology at MCCC. BMS’s commitment to MCCC include donations for the construction of science labs at Mercer’s James Kerney Campus, a grant for chemistry equipment and supplies, the Science Learning Center at the West Windsor Campus, and support for the purchase of a hazardous material vehicle for the Dempster Fire Training Center. BMS has also been a generous donor to MCCC’s annual scholarship fundraisers.
The gala is from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Stone Terrace, 2275 Kuser Road in Hamilton. Guest tickets are $200; Golden Anniversary Guest tickets are $250 and include a private cocktail reception with Dr. Wang prior to the event.
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, the Foundation will award nearly $200,000 in scholarships.
The “50th Anniversary Gala” features a formal dinner, live music featuring the Meg Hanson Group with Billy Hill, and a silent auction. Refreshments include hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, coffee and desserts.
Businesses and community members are invited to participate in the scholarship fundraiser through corporate sponsorships, silent auction donations, and ticket purchases. For more information, visit www.mccc.edu/gala, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Michelle Hoffman at (609) 570-3616.
50th Anniversary Gala Website
MCCC Foundation Website
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