WOODLAND PARK - Inaugural donors and supporters of the Berkeley College Foundation gathered on June 29 at Berkeley College in Woodland Park to recognize the non-profit organization’s mission to support Berkeley College students pursuing quality experiences in higher education.

The foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to raising scholarship funds to help students defray the cost of tuition and participate in educational enrichment activities.

“This is an important time for foundations and the private sector to step up and help individuals willing to work hard and seek higher education to better themselves,” said John Phillips, board chair, Berkeley College Foundation, and CEO & co-founder, UltraMEND, Inc.

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With the support of its inaugural donors, the foundation has raised more than $51,000. Corporate donors include CohnReznick LLP; Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C.; TD Bank; Marsh & McLennan Agencies; Vericon Construction Company; Ai Media Group; Valley National Bank; Pagano Company; and The Brownstone.

“Foundations like this provide resources to students seeking to improve their lives through higher education,” said Christopher Ivans, partner, CohnReznick LLP. “It is important to our team at CohnReznick to give back in recognition of the support our professionals have received to accomplish their own career and life goals. We hope that those benefiting from our support will continue to ‘pay it forward’ once they are in that position in life.”

“Scholarships have the ability to provide students the confidence, inspiration, and persistence to succeed and graduate from college,” said Dario A. Cortes, PhD, executive director of the Berkeley College Foundation.

Michael J. Smith, president of Berkeley College, echoed Dr. Cortes’ remarks.

“We need to get students to the graduation stage, and the support of the foundation’s donors is helping our students get to that final step,” Smith said.

The foundation will be hosting a series of events, including a golf outing on Sept. 19.

To learn more about the Berkeley College Foundation, visit www.berkeleycollegefoundation.org, email info@berkeleycollegefoundation.org or call 844-489-523