The Union County College Foundation will be celebrating its 19th Annual Gala on November 3, 2011 at the Grand Summit Hotel. Held to raise money for scholarships for students, the event helps further the core mission of the College, to provide students with affordable, accessible, and quality education. The cocktail hour and silent auction will begin at 6:00 p.m. and dinner, dancing, raffle, and live auction will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The Union County College Foundation will be honoring Gil Chapman, former president of Island Ford, Inc., football player for the University of Michigan, and former NFL player for the Buffalo Bills; and Mario Henry, formerly of the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills NFL teams. Both honorees have distinguished themselves through community service and civic and charitable support. Join the Foundation to recognize these positive role models for Union County College students.

A 10-member Committee of community volunteers manages the gala. Foundation Board Chair Carol A. Hertling chairs the gala committee.

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The event will feature balloons with prizes in the $100 range. At the live auction, a giclee print by local artist, and Union County College alumni, Theo Tamborlane, will be on the auction block. Entitled “Ombrello’s World,” the picture pays homage to Union County College professor, Dr. Thomas Ombrello of the horticulture department.

For more information on how to be a sponsor, purchase an ad, or purchase a ticket to attend, please contact the Union County College Foundation at (908) 709-7505 or go to