September 21 was a beautiful day for golf and a great day for Hostos students. The Hostos Community College Foundation’s 17th Annual Scholarship Fund Golf Outing Classic brought together more than 140 local leaders to play and network, and it raised more than $120,000 that will support scholarships at the College. The Hostos Caiman even came out to play a couple holes!

The golfers played scramble-style on the scenic Pelham Bay & Split Rock Golf Courses, and the evening concluded with a cocktail reception and awards dinner. Gift cards to fabulous Bronx restaurants and businesses were raffled to lucky winners. Classic Sponsor Alfonso Robles, Director of Installations at Schindler Elevators, U.S., directed a dramatic Ball Drop game for an American Express gift card. Hostos Community College Foundation Board Member Jason Caraballo emceed the awards ceremony, and another Classic Sponsor, Lillian Pérez, Vice President at Montefiore Einstein, energetically announced the winners of the day’s contests: Thanassi Arvanitis (ABM), Nick Fusco (Titanium Scaffolding Services); the foursome from BronxCare Health System, and the foursome from Marisco Centro, who won the Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, Second Place Foursome, and First Place Foursome, respectively.

Hostos President Daisy Cocco De Filippis shared recent achievements of the College and students, including alumna Kay Bell ’13, who was named the 2023–2025 Bronx Poet Laureate. She also mentioned a recent allocation from Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson to renovate the school’s cafeteria. The program closed with the voices of former and current students. Alumnus Ifeanyi Obinali ’15, who started his own security business, Lead Security, after graduating from Hostos, shared how much it means to him to be able to be a sponsor of events for the institution that made such a difference in his life. Two current Hostos students, Beatriz Castilleja and Stephanie Oliveira De Araujo, also told moving stories about how Hostos faculty, staff, and scholarship support from donors helped them find success at Hostos.

We would like to extend our great appreciation to Board Chair José Sánchez-Kinghorn, Board Member Jason Caraballo, the Golf Outing Committee, President Daisy Cocco De Filippis and her office, and the sponsors who helped make this event fun for attendees and fruitful for Hostos students. Classic Sponsors: MADDD Equities, Montefiore Einstein, Schindler Elevators (U.S.); Cocktail Reception & Dinner Sponsor: BronxCare Health Systems; Lunch Sponsors: ABM and Oyate Group; and our Corporate Foursomes: Antillana Superfood Marketplace, GNR Building Services, Aufgang Architects, Bronx Terminal Market, Friends of the Chairman, Garda World, Lead Security Group, J.P. Morgan, Malik Ketcham, Esq., Marisco Centro, RTS, Salcare Home Health Services, State Farm agents Heilly Martínez and Juan H. Rosario; and Titanium Scaffold Services, LLC. We are also grateful to the Katz Foundation and, of course, to all of those who attended and helped make the event memorable and enjoyable for all.


About Eugenio María de Hostos Community College

Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities for over half a century. Since 1968, Hostos has been a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs.

Hostos offers 28 associate degree programs and one certificate program that facilitate secure transfer to The City University of New York’s (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. A two-time Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence finalist, the College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 500,000 students at 25 colleges.

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