UNION COUNTY, NJ – The Union County College Foundation is hosting their Third Annual "Close the Gap” Cocktail Reception on July 11 in the Victor M. Richel Student Commons on the Cranford campus.
The campaign supports the College’s strategic initiative to help shrink the achievement gap that exists for African American students and will also provide financial assistance to help those students complete their degree on time.
This year’s event is being held in memory of Assemblyman Jerry Green. In 2015, when he learned about the low graduation rates among African American male students, Assemblyman Green joined Assemblyman Jamel Holley and a number of Foundation Board members to support the College’s strategic initiative to close the achievement gap. According to the Union County College Foundation, Green's leadership and dedication to the students has had a dramatic impact on student success.
Since the start of the campaign three years ago, over $100,000 has been invested in scholarships, grant support, and emergency funding for students who are on course to graduate. The graduation rates for African American male students have more than tripled since the start of the campaign. With the growth of campaign support, the Foundation is now also able to provide financial support to the College’s African American female students.
The opportunity exists for businesses and individuals to participate either as event sponsors or to purchase individual tickets.
For more information about supporting this year’s event, please call (908) 709-7505 or go to https://www.ucc.edu/union-county-college-foundation/ways-to-give/annual-campaigns/.