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Mercer County Community College Dinner Dance Gala Raises Scholarship Dollars; Honors Supporters


WEST WINDSOR, N.J.  --  The Foundation Board of Mercer County Community College honored major college and community supporters at “La Bella Notte,” (A Beautiful Evening) on March 26 at the Hyatt Regency, Princeton.  Proceeds go to scholarships for deserving students and other student and program needs.

Event co-chairs Nina Melker, senior vice president of The Bank of Princeton, and Pasquale Colavita, chair of the Mercer County Freeholders, served as masters of ceremonies.


Honorees and committee members, from left, seated, are Anna Lustenberg representing honoree Verizon, honoree Eleanor Horne, and student speaker Robert Sacks.  Standing, from left, are Foundation Board member and Gala Co-Chair Nina Melker; MCCC President Patricia C. Donohue; Foundation Board member and honoree Robert E. Humes; Foundation Board Chair Karen Kennedy; honorees Carol and Dr. Albert Rosenthal; MCCC Vice President Mellissia Zanjani; MCCC Trustee Chair Mark Matzen; and Gala Co-Chair Pat Colavita of the Mercer County Freeholders.

Dr. and Mrs. Albert Rosenthal, Distinguished Benefactor Award: 

Dr. and Mrs. Rosenthal of Princeton are the generous donors of four art sculptures by the renowned artist Richard Kemble. These sculptures will grace the grounds of MCCC’s West Windsor Campus for the perpetual benefit of students and the college community.  In addition, the Rosenthals have donated a painting by renowned artist and MCCC Professor Mel Leipzig for the enjoyment of the community for years to come.
Lustenberg Anna Lustenberg of Verizon
Distinguished Corporate Partner Award:

Proclaiming that “the 21st century is truly a knowledge based economy,” Verizon focuses its philanthropic efforts on education, safety and health. Verizon is a generous supporter of the college – a valued corporate ally that does not fail to answer the call as we strive to fulfill the MCCC mission to foster learning and student success.
Humes Robert E. Humes, Spirit of Education Award:

A long-time member of the MCCC Foundation Board of Directors, Mr. Humes has generously given of his time, talent and treasure to support the college’s students and programs. In particular, he has been committed to initiatives that create scholarships and financial assistance, making a higher education accessible and affordable to many MCCC students.
Horne Eleanor V. Horne, Spirit of Education Award:

Ms. Horne has dedicated more than 40 years of service to educational causes. Throughout her entire career, culminating with her position as Vice President of the Educational Testing Service (ETS) Social Investment Fund (from which she is retired), Ms. Horne focused her efforts on community-based projects that improved access to educational opportunities and boosted the quality of our schools.

Robert Sacks, Student Representative:

Robert Sacks has returned to college to pursue a second career in advertising design after feeling the grip of the economic downturn. Formerly in marketing and sales, Sacks decided to blend that background with his passion for art. “It’s the perfect marriage between business and art,” he says.

Sacks says his experience in Mercer’s Ad Design Program has been excellent. “I have had very good professors. I am able to learn the tools I will need to be successful.” A member of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society with a perfect 4.0 GPA, he hopes that his achievement at Mercer bodes well for his future, which includes plans to transfer to Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts.

Sacks welcomed the scholarship award he received from the MCCC Foundation. “You better believe it,” he said. “I was able to buy needed art supplies, which are expensive items I might not have been able to afford otherwise.” The funds have also helped with the purchase of textbooks.

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