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

10/6/10

Floyds West Windsor, NJ: Mercer County Community College’s Foundation has joined with community volunteers to plan “Floyd Fest,” an afternoon jazz event to honor long-time community volunteers James (Jim) and Fannie Floyd. Proceeds will endow the Jim and Fannie Floyd Scholarship Fund for students with the greatest need.

The event takes place on Sunday, Oct. 17, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the Nassau Inn, Palmer Square in Princeton. Music will be provided by MCCC jazz students, and brief remarks will be made by Princeton dignitaries who will share personal reflections.
Jim and Fanny Floyd

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. Fannie, a native Princetonian, was known to say, “We did things because we saw a need.”

After graduating from Trenton Central High School, Mr. Floyd spent one year studying commercial art at the Trenton School of Industrial Design, which later became Trenton Junior College, then Mercer County Community College. He recalls also taking art classes there as a child.

He graduated cum laude from West Virginia State College, and had a wide-ranging career. After 35 years at Stokes Molded Products, a division of Electric Storage Battery Company, he retired as Vice President of Human Resources, and was recruited by Educational Testing Service for a similar management position.

Jim's 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 88, Jim continues to serve on many boards in the nonprofit sector, including Corner House, Princeton Community Housing, Witherspoon-Jackson Neighborhood Group, the Princeton Committee of NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Princeton Area Community Foundation Grants Committee and the Mercer County Community College (MCCC) Foundation.

The Floyds have two sons, James Floyd Jr., Ph.D., and Michael Floyd.

Mercer County Community College 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. The MCCC Foundation is the fundraising arm of the college, comprised of community volunteers.

Tickets may be purchased for the event, and donations for the Jim and Fannie Floyd Scholarship Fund may be submitted online here. Tickets are $50 per person. For further information e-mail foundation@mccc.edu or call 609-570-3607.

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