CRANFORD, NJ  - More than 100 guests and volunteers -- and, most importantly, nearly $40,000 raised -- later, the Union County College Foundation has surpassed its fundraising goal at the Second Annual 'Close the Gap' campaign cocktail reception.

The 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.

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.

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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.

The funds raised 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.   

For more information on the 'Close the Gap' campaign, including how to donate, call 908-709-7505, contact or visit