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Hostos Community College’s Donor Appreciation Night for The Circle of 100

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 (New York)- Hostos Community College alumni, friends, faculty, staff and The Circle of 100 praised the commitment of their longtime donors at Tuesday night’s Donor Appreciation Night reception held at Mamájuana in Washington Heights. Deputy Director of the Continuing Education Department at Hostos, Mr. Peter Mertens, received a Founding Member Donor’s Award; Doctors Kim and Carlos Sanabria were awarded a Continuous Donor Award; and Mercedes Moscat, Co-Chair of the CUNY Charitable Campaign Award, received the CUNY Campaign Award.

Dr. Gerald Meyer, co-chair of The Circle of 100 Scholarship Fund expressed, “The Circle of 100 are people who follow in the tradition of Cervantes’ Don Quixote, they struggle to make the impossible come true.  Cervantes, one of the greatest writers in the Spanish language, inspired men and women to pursue their goals against extreme circumstances.  Peter Mertens, Kim and Carlos Sanabria and Mercedes Moscat have provided leadership in the quest of this fulfillment.”

The recipient of the $500 Emergency Grant went to Maritza Maldonado, Class of 2011.
Elizabeth Figueroa, Director of Community Affairs for the New York Botanical Garden, pledged $1,000 to the fund, and an anonymous donor’s contribution of $1,000 came in during the ceremony. Additional donations were made by Faith J. Franks and Mercedes Pujols.

 “A small amount of money at the right moment for carfare, food, or an unforeseen emergency could make a difference in a student’s ability to continue to attend college.  The work of The Circle of 100 continually ensures that more of our students get a better chance to stay in school and in so doing they help Hostos fulfill its mission,” indicated President Matos Rodríguez.

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College, part of the City University of New York system, was founded in 1968.  Located in the South Bronx, the college currently serves more than 6,000 students.  In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in the fall of 1970 to the spring 2010 enrollment of over 6,000 students.  The college also serves an additional 10,000 students through its Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.

Press Contact:
Ana M. Carrión - amcarrion@hostos.cuny.edu                
Soldanela Rivera - srlopez@hostos.cuny.edu / Phone: 718-518-6579 or 917-627-9097


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