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MCCC to Honor Three Community Partners at
‘Spring Into Student Success’ Benefit April 14

3/23/15


West Windsor, N.J. – The Foundation Board of Mercer County Community College (MCCC) will honor three community partners at “Spring Into Student Success!”, the college’s major benefit in support of student scholarships.  The festive event is set for Tuesday, April 14 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mercer Oaks, 725 Village Road, in Princeton Junction.

According to event co-chairs, Foundation Board Chair Nina Melker and Mercer County Freeholder Pat Colavita, the three honorees were selected for their significant commitment to assisting MCCC students in achieving their academic goals.  “These three partners have made Mercer a major focus of their philanthropy.  Their ongoing support of Mercer’s mission has made college possible for many students,” Melker said.

The honorees include:

  • Jim and Lynne Faridy, who will receive the Distinguished Benefactor Award.  Mr. Faridy, now retired from the architectural firm Fraytak Veisz Hopkins Duthie P.C., worked tirelessly to establish the MCCC Foundation’s Architectural Scholarship Fund, which now awards multiple scholarships to high-achieving students each year.  In 2001, he established the endowed Jamil E. Faridy Scholarship, presented annually to another deserving architecture student.  The Faridys have been longtime supporters of the MCCC spring fundraiser, as well as other fundraising campaigns.  Passionate about the arts, the Faridys, both of whom are painters, have donated artwork to the spring event’s silent auction and, in 2007, purchased a piano for Kelsey Theatre. Mr. Faridy has served on the MCCC Foundation Board since 1997 and is also a member of the college’s Architecture Advisory Commission.  He is a previous chair of the spring fundraiser.

  • Allen and Judy Silk, who will receive the Distinguished Benefactor Award. The Silks have a history of giving to a variety of MCCC fundraising initiatives, including the spring fundraiser and the annual Golf Classic to benefit student athletes.  In 2012, the Silks endowed the Allen M. Silk, Esq., scholarship, awarded annually to an outstanding female student.  The Silks continue to give to their scholarship, enhancing its benefit for Mercer students. Mr. Silk, chair of Stark & Stark’s Business and Corporate Group, has served on the MCCC Foundation Board since 1998.  He was a member of the MCCC Board of Trustees from 1990 through 1998, serving as Board Chair from 1992 to 1996.  Mr. Silk currently serves as Chair of the Board of HomeFront and is a Board member of The Millhill Foundation. He previously
    served as Treasurer of The College of New Jersey Foundation.

  • PNC Bank, which will receive the Distinguished Corporate Partner Award.  PNC has provided longstanding generous support to the college’s spring fundraiser, as well as other fundraising projects.  The bank contributes generously for scholarships, including funds awarded annually to incoming freshmen selected by the Boys and Girls Club of Trenton.  PNC also presents multiple annual scholarships to students studying business.  Recently, the bank donated funds to support the college’s Certified Nurse Assistant students and the development of the Business Practice Firm at the Trenton Campus.  Peggy Iucolino, a representative of PNC Bank, serves on the MCCC Foundation Board.

In addition to the awards ceremony, the event features a silent auction, recognition of student scholarship recipients, and musical entertainment by MCCC student musicians. Refreshments include hors d’oeuvres and light buffet, an open bar, coffee and desserts.

Businesses and community members are invited to participate in the “Spring Into Student Success!” event through corporate sponsorships, silent auction donations, and ticket purchases. For more information, click here, e-mail foundation@mccc.edu or call (609) 570-3616.

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Architecture students Tyler Sincoskie, left, and Sean Rackowski, right, were recipients of architecture scholarships in 2014, made possible through the generosity of MCCC Foundation Board member and long-time donor Jamil E. Faridy, second from left. They are pictured with MCCC President Patricia C. Donohue.
The 2014 PNC Bank scholarships include, second from left to right, Kelly French, Jennifer Garey, and Erin Hubscher. (Not picture: Jessica DeFalco). They are pictured with Professor of Business and
Economics Laura Sosa and MCCC President Patricia C. Donohue.
Kelly Blake was the recipient of the very first Allen M. Silk Esq. Scholarship in the fall. Blake is studying Liberal Arts and plans to become a sign language interpreter.
Honorees Jim and Lynne Faridy with event co-chair Pat Colavita (center).