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Union County College Foundation’s 2nd Annual “Close the Gap” Campaign Surpasses Goal

Assemblyman Jamel Holley, Councilwoman Patricia Perkins-August, Union President Margaret M. McMenamin, Assemblyman Jerry Green, Union student Brian Burger, and Foundation Chairman J. Anthony Manger.

CRANFORD – With over 100 guests and volunteers in attendance, the Union County College Foundation surpassed their goal and raised nearly $40,000 at their 2nd Annual Close the Gap Campaign cocktail reception.

Held last week in the Richel Student Commons at the College’s Cranford campus, this campaign was developed by a small group of dedicated community volunteers to support the College’s strategic initiative to help shrink the ever growing achievement gap that exists for African American students and to provide financial assistance to help these students complete their degree on time.

During the VIP reception, attendees had an opportunity to meet Carl Banks, former New York Giants Super Bowl Champion and President of G-III Sports. Other supporters of the campaign who attended the event were Assemblyman Jerry Green and Assemblyman Jamel Holley who were members of the Host Committee and significant advocates for the campaign.

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United States Senator Cory Booker served as Honorary Chair of the event. He sent a video that was shared with attendees in which he thanked supporters of campaign for their generosity and reminded everyone of how an education can change one’s life.

The funds raised last evening will be used in many ways, such as to provide financial support for tuition, academic boot camps, books and supplies, emergency funding, employment or public transportation. Already a number of students who have received Close the Gap funding this summer will receive their degrees and transfer to four year institution.   

If you are interested in donating to the Close the Gap Campaign, or are interested in learning about other ways in which you can provide financial assistance for students at Union County College, please call (908) 709-7505, email or visit the Foundation’s website at

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