Hudson County Community College Foundation to Hold Its 16th Annual “Holiday Extravaganza” Fundraiser on Thursday, December 5

Posted: 11/20/2013
Jennifer Christopher, 201-360-4061 jchristopher@hccc.edu -- Roger Jones, 201-200-1080 rj@j-a-c.com
November 20, 2013, Jersey City, NJ – Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Vice President for Development Joseph D. Sansone announced that the College will celebrate its 16th annual “Holiday Extravaganza” fundraiser at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, 2013. The event — the largest and most festive of all the Foundation’s fundraisers — will be held in the College’s Culinary Conference Center at 161 Newkirk Street in Jersey City. Proceeds from the event will be dedicated to scholarships for deserving students, faculty development programs, and the College’s physical expansion.

The Foundation will present its 2013 Distinguished Service Award to United Water. The honor recognizes organizations and individuals for their work on behalf of the College and the people of Hudson County. United Water is one of the nation’s leading environmental companies, providing water and wastewater services to approximately 5.5 million people in the United States. The 144-year-old company, which is a subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONMENT, is a longtime supporter of the Hudson County Community College Foundation.

The HCCC Foundation “Holiday Extravaganza” is the largest and most festive of the Foundation’s annual fundraisers. The event features a hospitality hour and gourmet dinner feast prepared by the chefs/instructors of the College’s nationally acclaimed Culinary Arts Institute, with service provided by students from the HCCC Culinary Arts Institute/Hospitality Management program.

The evening also includes a “Lucky Odds” drawing in which the Grand Prize winner receives 40% of half of the raffle ticket sales, the Second Prize winner receives 6% and the Third Prize Winner receives 4%. Raffle tickets cost $50 each; ticket holders need not be present to win.

Hudson County Community College Foundation is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 corporation giving tax-exempt status to contributors. The Foundation generates financial support to benefit deserving HCCC students by providing them with scholarships. Additionally, the Foundation provides seed money for the College’s physical expansion and for new programs and faculty development.

Since the Foundation was established in 1997, it has provided over $1.5 million in scholarships to more than 1,000 students. In addition to the Holiday Extravaganza, the Foundation’s Board of Directors also organizes and holds the following annual fundraisers: the Golf Outing in July; Night at the Races, a family-oriented event; and the HCCC Employees’ Scholarship Luncheon in November, where faculty and staff support the Foundation through pledged donations. Events are also held throughout the year to build scholarship funds for students specifically from Hudson County’s northern and western municipalities.

A limited number of tickets for the December 5 gala are still available at a cost of $500 each. Those tickets — as well as tickets for the “Lucky Odds” raffle —  may be purchased by phoning Mr. Sansone at 201-360-4006 or emailing jsansone@hccc.edu.