The Monroe Community College Foundation’s 9th annual Gold Star Gala presented by M&T Bank netted over $52,000 and established 20 new scholarships to support student success at MCC. The event was held on May 12 at Locust Hill Country Club and combined a gourmet dining experience with silent and live auctions, featuring luxury items donated by MCC Foundation Board members, MCC administrators and faculty, and area businesses.
The event was chaired by MCC Foundation Directors Kathleen E. Pavelka, president of Telecomp, Inc. who is also an MCC alumna, and Jim Ward, vice president, Reengineering Initiatives and Global Sourcing, Bausch & Lomb, Inc. (retired). Dixon Schwabl Managing Partner Howie Jacobson served as auctioneer. MCC Alumna Sarah Pamatat, sommelier at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, returned to Rochester to share her experience in fine wines and sake with guests at the event.
The following organizations joined private philanthropists in establishing MCC student scholarships at the event: M&T Bank, The DiMarco Group, Citizens Bank, Constellation Brands, MWI, Inc. and Admar Supply Company.
Renee St. Louis