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College Foundation to Host 7th Annual Close the Gap Reception

CRANFORD, NJ – Join the Union County College Foundation at the 7th Annual Close the Gap Reception, which supports the College’s strategic initiative to increase graduation rates among African American students. The reception will be held at the Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth on July 14 at 6PM. This year, Close the Gap will honor Susan Hairston and Karen Amanda Toulon for their support and dedication for making a difference among students.

The Close the Gap campaign has made a significant impact since it was created six years ago. Graduation rates of African American male students has more than quintupled, and that in part is due to the donations received by the Foundation. Over the years, nearly $400,000 has been invested in scholarships, programming, grant support, and emergency funding for African American students.

Each year, Close the Gap recognizes two individuals for their contributions and hard work. This year, Susan Hairston will be recognized as the 2022 Volunteer of the Year and Karen Toulon will be recognized as the 2022 Union County Student Success Champion.

Susan Hairston is the CEO of Susan Hairston Consulting LLC. She is committed to strengthening nonprofits that serve marginalized communities. Susan has been appointed to serve on several government and non-profit boards including Commissioner of the Union County Board of Taxation, the Center for Effective Philanthropy Advisory Board, the Union County College Foundation Board of Trustees, a member of the Summit Board of Education, and Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Forum for Diversity. She made history in November 2019 by being elected Summit, NJ’s first African American Council Member.