Hudson County Community College Foundation to Host “Comedy Night” Fundraiser

March 17, 2015

Community invited for an evening of laughs, friends and food; proceeds will provide scholarships for deserving HCCC students.


March 17, 2015, Jersey City, NJ – The West Hudson Scholarship Committee of the Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Foundation will host a “Comedy Night” fundraiser on Wednesday evening, May 6, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at San Carlo Fine Catering Hall – 620 Stuyvesant Avenue in Lyndhurst, NJ. Proceeds from the event will benefit deserving HCCC students from East Newark, Harrison, Kearny and North Arlington.

“Comedy Night” will begin with an hour-long “meet-and-greet” session during which hors d’oeuvres will be served. A family-style dinner (with dessert) will follow, and a cash bar will be offered all evening.

Stand-up comedian, performer, and comedy sketch writer, Rob Ryan will be the master of ceremonies. Mr. Ryan is a regular performer at iconic comedy clubs, including The Comic Strip and Gotham Comedy Club, and he was recently named “The Funniest Person on Long Island.”

The show will also feature the stand-up performer Richie Byrne, who has worked top comedy venues including Dangerfield’s, Caroline’s and Gotham Comedy Club. Mr. Byrne is the warm-up comic for “The Dr. Oz Show,” and an accomplished actor and singer with a resume of theatrical and television credits that include “Sex & the City,” “The Sopranos,” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”

Comedian, writer, and actor Buddy Fitzpatrick will also entertain that evening. A regular on Comedy Central who has also appeared on ABC TV and A&E Network, Mr. Fitzpatrick’s credits include HBO’s “The Sopranos” and the film, “Harlem Aria.” In addition, he has written, produced, and performed his biographical play “Sides” at various New York City theaters.

The evening’s performances will be appropriate for children 13 and older. The cost for tickets is $75 per person and may be obtained now by contacting HCCC Vice President for Development Joseph Sansone at (201) 360-4006 or jsansoneFREEHUDSONCOUNTYCOMMUNITYCOLLEGE.

The Hudson County Community College Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 Corporation, which gives tax-exempt status to contributors. Since the Foundation was established in 1997, it has provided over $2 million in scholarships to more than 2,000 students.

In addition, the HCCC Foundation established the Foundation Art Collection eight years ago to coincide with the initiation of the College’s Fine Arts studies program. Presently, the Collection includes more than 800 paintings, lithographs, photographs, sculptures, and other works-of-art that are displayed throughout all of the buildings on the College’s Journal Square Campus and at the North Hudson Higher Education Center. Artists in the Collection include: Donald Baechler, Leonard Baskin, Elizabeth Catlett, Christo, Willie Cole, Edward S. Curtis, Marcel Duchamp, Lisa Parker Hyatt, Rockwell Kent, Joseph Kosuth, Valeri Larko, Roy Lichtenstein, Reginald Marsh, Méret Oppenheim, Robert Rauschenberg, Man Ray, Mickalene Thomas, and William Wegman. The Foundation also hosts a series of lectures called “Arts Talks,” which feature prominent artists and art authorities and scholars and are open to the general public.

The HCCC Foundation’s Board of Directors also organizes and holds an annual Golf Outing, “Night at the Races,” and the HCCC Employees’ Scholarship Luncheon. There are other events held throughout the year to build scholarship funds for students specifically from Hudson County’s northern and western municipalities.