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New Donors Recognized and Honored During Circle of 100 Breakfast with Hostos President Félix Matos Rodríguez

Monday, March 5, 2012 (Bronx, NY) ­– As a way to thank its most recent donors for their invaluable and long-lasting support, The Circle of 100 Scholarship and Emergency Fund, an Hostos membership group that provides scholarships and emergency grants to graduating candidates who are facing financial hardships, hosted a breakfast today with Hostos Community College President Félix Matos Rodríguez at Giovanni’s Restaurant.

The event, whose theme was “Building a Philanthropic Community,” honored Hostos alumni, faculty, staff, foundation board members, and community individuals who have pledged $1,000 through the CUNY Campaign and/or have donated $1,000 to The Circle of 100 Scholarship and Emergency Fund.

Hostos Professor Emeritus Gerald Meyer, a co-founder of The Circle of 100 Scholarship and Emergency Fund, gave opening remarks at the breakfast thanking all its supporters for helping its students achieve their educational dreams and for building our philanthropic community. Deputy Registrar and Hostos alum Terrence Brown and Director of Community Affairs for the New York Botanical Garden Elizabeth Figueroa, also addressed the event’s participants and shared their very personal reasons for giving to Hostos.

President Matos Rodríguez closed the event by expressing his gratitude to The Circle of 100 donors. “Thank you for all you have done to support Hostos and for transforming our students’ lives.   Your help will allow our students to meet their goals and aspirations and, this in turn, will place them in a position to help others in the future.”

After The Circle of 100 breakfast, the donors walked with President Matos Rodríguez to the Hostos A-Building Atrium to have their photo taken in front of The Circle of 100’s Tree of Life which features the donors’ names in its leaves.

New Donors Recognized and Honored During Circle of 100 Breakfast with Hostos President Félix Matos Rodríguez

The event was organized by Nydia R. Edgecombe, Director of Alumni Affair and a founding member of The Circle of 100 Executive Committee.  Breakfast attendees and donors included Bill Aguado, Kathi Pavlick, Joseph Alicea, Susan Bronson, Terrence Brown (’98), Ana Carrión-Silva, Robert Cohen, Ramón De Los Santos (’00), Charles Drago, Elizabeth Drago, Nydia Edgecombe, Wallace Edgecombe, Elizabeth Figueroa, Rafael Rivera, José García, Claudia Hernández, Eric Heyworth, Laurel N. Huggins (’77), Idelsa Mendez, Gerald Meyer, Dolly Martínez, Mercedes Moscat, Anny Paguay, Loreto Porte, Carlos Sanabria, Kim Sanabria, Eduardo Sánchez (’00), Carmen Sosa, Lisanka Soto, Carmelia Sotolongo, Lourdes Torres, Dianne Vargas, Rafaela Zapata (’09), and Oyamiwa Walker, a recipient of a scholarship from The Circle of 100.

About The Circle of 100
The Circle of 100 Scholarship & Emergency Fund is a membership group that supports the educational goals and aspirations of Hostos students by providing emergency grants to graduating candidates who are facing financial hardships. 

Since its inception in 2006, The Circle of 100 has raised more than $120,000 and has awarded 93 emergency grants of up to $500 to needy students.  In addition, the Circle has awarded 33 scholarships of $1,000 each to facilitate students’ transition to four-year colleges.

On December 2, 2010, donors, recipients and friends of The Circle of 100 gathered in the atrium of Hostos A Building for the unveiling of The Circle of 100 Tree of Life.  Created by Juan Fernando Morales, this work of art depicts a Ceiba tree with fruit that bears the names of donors whose contributions give life to the existence of The Circle of 100. This tree symbolizes vitality, a pillar of strength, and the lasting growth that our donors pass on to our younger generation.

To join The Circle of 100 family please contact Ms. Nydia Edgecombe at nedgecombe@hostos.cuny.edu or at 718-518-4246.

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María 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 over 7,000 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 fall 2011 enrollment of over 7,000 students.  The college also serves an additional 11,000 students through its Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.

Media Contact:
Ana M. Carrión - amcarrion@hostos.cuny.edu
Soldanela Rivera - srlopez@hostos.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-518-6872 or 917-627-9097


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