Community members helped the Brookdale Community College Foundation raise a record amount for local students while honoring Warren Diamond and Maureen Lloyd at the Brookdale Foundation’s 2018 Scholarship Ball, held on May 18 at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club in Farmingdale.
The event, which included dinner, dancing, live entertainment, and more than 100 prize auctions, raised a record amount of nearly $173,000 with net proceeds of $145,000 for student scholarships and support services at Brookdale. Proceeds from the event will support the “Building Minds, Building Futures” Scholarship Fund, which will provide nearly $600,000 in scholarships and grants to more than 600 Brookdale students this academic year.
In addition, Jack Privetera, Executive Director of The Anabel Foundation, presented Tim Zeiss, Executive Director of the Brookdale Foundation, a $6,000 donation to create the Carol Stillwell Endowed Tribute Scholarship. The Anabel Foundation will contribute another $19,000 over the next three years to fully fund the Endowed Scholarship.
Joe and Anita Roselle also pledged $2,500 to the Stillwell Scholarship and pledged to donate $2,500 to sponsor a Warren Diamond Scholarship and $2,500 to sponsor a Maureen Lloyd Scholarship.
Stillwell, a 2018 honorary degree recipient, said “I witnessed firsthand what these scholarships have meant.”
Zeiss kicked off the evening’s festivities, welcoming guests and introducing co-chairs Candy Langan-Sattanspiel, Karen Escobedo, and Carol Stillwell. Langan-Sattanspiel, class of 1971, and Trustee of the Brookdale Community College Foundation, said “I am in love with Brookdale,” before introducing new “homegrown” president, Dr. David Stout. “Brookdale has been tediously looking for a new president,” Langan-Sattanspiel continued, “and they have found the right person to serve . . . one of the finest community colleges in the nation.”
Monmouth County Freeholders Tom Arnone and Lillian Burry congratulated Diamond and Lloyd, commended the Foundation “for all their hard work,” and congratulated the Board of Trustees on choosing the college’s new president. “David Stout could not be a better president to lead us.”
Monmouth County Freeholder and Brookdale Community College alumnus, John Curley, said that Brookdale is “the finest in the great state of New Jersey, one of the finest in the nation,” and promised “Brookdale will be well-funded.”
Stout thanked the Freeholders for their “generous support” and “generosity” before introducing student Christine Little, who said that the Brookdale Foundation helped her achieve her dream of earning a college degree, five years after Hurricane Sandy impacted her family. Little said that the Foundation helped her maintain her “love for learning” as financial hardships threatened to halt her academic career. The Foundation, she said, was “able to pay for my entire semester” including travel expenses and books, helping her transfer to Rutgers University with a 3.95 GPA. Little, who just completed her first semester, thanked everyone involved with the Foundation, noting she “wouldn’t be able to follow her dream without donations.”
Diamond, CEO of American Real Estate Management, lifelong Rumson resident, and avid supporter of local causes including Monmouth Medical Foundation, the Beauty Foundation for Caner Care, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, The ARC of Monmouth County, Hackensack Meridian Health, the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Environmental Cleanup, the American Cancer Society, the Where Angels Play Foundation, the Women’s Philanthropic Fund, the Visiting Nurses Association, and the Brookdale Community College Foundation, said “education is not such a good deal if we only teach the students to make a living; teach our children how to make a life,” before noting “it is incredible, the array of classes that Brookdale offers.”
Lloyd has served as President of the Monmouth County Park Charity Fund (MPCF) — which has distributed over $9,400,000 to nonprofit agencies and healthcare facilities that serve Monmouth County residents, including the Brookdale Foundation — for the last nine years, co-chair of the Meridian Health Gala, the Rumson Country Day Gala, and currently serves as Chair of the MPCF Kentucky Derby Celebration. Lloyd, who has been honored by Pacific Opera, The ARC of Monmouth County, The Jersey Shore Council of the Girls Scouts, and The Tigger House Foundation for her philanthropic work, began her speech by thanking the crowd, “not for me, but for all of you supporting Brookdale.” She said that being honored is not as important as the actual meaning of the work being done. “Brookdale is not only a stepping stone but a seamless stepping stone” for students to continue learning, and praised the college for transfer opportunities. “I commend Brookdale for being able to do everything they do.”
“I could not imagine a more fitting tribute to our Honorees Warren Diamond and Maureen Lloyd and the mission of the Brookdale Foundation than the outpouring of generosity and support we saw this year,” said Zeiss. “To have each of them speak so highly of the college and the vital work of the Brookdale Foundation in supporting student success is not only gratifying, it validates our mission of helping students to achieve a college degree so they can build better futures for themselves, their families and our community. I express sincerest thanks to everyone who helped make this event a monumental success.”
Since 2003, the Brookdale Foundation has provided over $5 million in scholarships and grants to nearly 7,000 students.