The Union County College Foundation will be hosting the 8th Annual Close the Gap Cocktail Reception on Thursday, July 13 at Galloping Hill Golf Course located in Kenilworth, NJ, with the event kicking off at 6:00 PM. This event supports the College’s strategic initiative to increase the graduation rates of African-American students, to effectively “close the achievement gap.”
This year’s event honors Fountain Baptist Church in Summit, NJ along with its Pastor J. Michael Sanders, and Union College 2016 alumnus McDaniel Jeantus. Fountain Baptist Church is celebrating their 125th anniversary this year. Pastor Sanders is retiring after dedicating 40 years to the Fountain Baptist Church. The College’s Foundation will present the inaugural Frank Bolden Honorary Award to Pastor Sanders for his unwavering commitment to our mission of accelerating the pace of African-American student success. Jeantus was a recipient of the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation transfer scholarship and will receive the Young Alumni Award at this event.
“While we have been laser focused over the past decade on helping our students reach graduation, despite our efforts, there was a still a gap with our African-American graduation rate. The funds raised at Close the Gap support our students by providing critical financial support so they can cross that finish line and receive their college degree,” stated Union’s President Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin
This is sure to be a wonderful night filled with great food, dancing, and cocktails all in support of helping to accelerate the pace of African-American student success at Union. Since the start of the Close the Gap Campaign in 2015, the Foundation has raised approximately $400,000 to support student scholarships, emergency funding, and other support services. More importantly, during the same period, the graduation rates for African-American students have more than quintupled.
For more information and how to be a part of this year’s event to make a positive difference, please visit www.ucc.edu/ctg2023 or call the Foundation Office at 908-709-7505.