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COLLEGE FOUNDATION RAISES OVER $265,000 AT ANNUAL GALA WITH A BEACH BALL CASINO NIGHT

CRANFORD – When uncertain times persist, the Union County College Foundation finds a solution and perseveres. Union’s Foundation hosted its Virtual Beach Ball Casino Gala on February 24 and raised over $265,000, which will help support the Foundation’s mission of ensuring that a student’s economic reality is not a roadblock to their academic success. This is the second most successful gala over the past 10 years. This year’s honorees were Mary Zimmermann, of Summit, who received the Fiat Lux Award and DSM, North America was named Corporate Partner of the year.

Over one hundred people joined together in support of the Foundation’s mission in the virtual Owl’s Nest Casino where they played blackjack and roulette and bid on auction items to help raise funds in support of Union College students.

A highlight from the event was the program honoring Mrs. Zimmermann and DSM North America. Union County College Board of Trustees Chair, Victor M. Richel, presented the Corporate Partner of the Year award to Board Governors and DSM North America President and Chief Legal Counsel, Hugh Welsh. Following this award, Larry Bashe, Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, presented the Fiat Lux Award to Union County College alumna and Chair of the College’s Board of Governors, Mary Zimmermann. “There is no bigger advocate and supporter of our students than Mary,” said Union President Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin. “Her leadership and support have truly transformed our community and we are a better institution because of her commitment to our students.”

A highlight from the event was the program honoring Mrs. Zimmermann and DSM North America. Union County College Board of Trustees Chair, Victor M. Richel, presented the Corporate Partner of the Year award to Board Governors and DSM North America President and Chief Legal Counsel, Hugh Welsh. Following this award, Larry Bashe, Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, presented the Fiat Lux Award to Union County College alumna and Chair of the College’s Board of Governors, Mary Zimmermann. “There is no bigger advocate and supporter of our students than Mary,” said Union President Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin. “Her leadership and support have truly transformed our community and we are a better institution because of her commitment to our students.”

As the program ended, Foundation Executive Director Doug Rouse closed by saying that “the donation made today could be the difference for a single mother in Elizabeth trying to better her life and be a role model for her children. It could help a first-generation college student from Linden whose dream is to be an engineer and end the cycle of poverty for his family. It could be the difference for a returning student from Hillside who can change the lives of those in his community. The impact our donors make today will reverberate for generations to come.”

As the program ended, Foundation Executive Director Doug Rouse closed by saying that “the donation made today could be the difference for a single mother in Elizabeth trying to better her life and be a role model for her children. It could help a first-generation college student from Linden whose dream is to be an engineer and end the cycle of poverty for his family. It could be the difference for a returning student from Hillside who can change the lives of those in his community. The impact our donors make today will reverberate for generations to come.”