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Union County College Foundation to Host the 4th Annual Close the Gap Cocktail Reception

CRANFORD – Join the Union County College Foundation on July 17, 2019 at the Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth to celebrate the 4th Annual Close the Gap Cocktail Reception being held to support the College’s strategic initiative to increase graduation rates among African American students. This year Frank A. Bolden, Esq. will be honored for his years of service as the former Vice Chair of the Union County College Board of Trustees and as an avid supporter of the Close the Gap campaign.

Since 2015, the Close the Gap campaign has raised nearly $200,000 which has been invested in scholarships, grant and program support, and has provided emergency funding to students who are on course to graduate. Since that time, the College’s graduation rate for African American male students has more than tripled.

The honoree Frank A. Bolden, Esq. is the recently retired Vice Chair of the College’s Board of Trustees. Mr. Bolden began his professional career with the prominent international law firm Cahill Gordon. He later joined the corporate law office of Johnson & Johnson and was named their Secretary. Mr. Bolden eventually served as Vice President, Diversity Worldwide, promoting Johnson & Johnson as the employer of choice in the health care industry. He has been a dedicated supporter of the Union County College Foundation and was one of the first advocates for the Close the Gap campaign.

“The College is grateful for the time and commitment Mr. Bolden has given in his years of service to improve the lives of Union students,” stated Union County College Board of Trustees Chair Victor M. Richel. “Mr. Bolden is a compassionate leader whose dedication in promoting the Close the Gap campaign has helped increase the graduation rates of African American students.”

If you are interested in donating to the Close the Gap Campaign, or would like to learn more about how you can provide financial assistance for students at Union County College, please call (908) 709-7505, email foundation@ucc.edu or visit the Foundation’s website at www.uccfoundation.org.

In attendance at last year’s event were New Jersey State Senator and Union County Democratic Chair Nicholas P. Scutari, Union County College Board of Trustees Chair Victor M. Richel, New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Sheila Y. Oliver, former Union County College Board of Trustees Vice Chair Frank A. Bolden, Esq., and Union County College President Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin.