The Monroe Foundation Hosts 14th Annual Fundraising Gala to Benefit Scholarship Fund

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Event generates college scholarship funds for promising students.

The Monroe Foundation last night held its 14th annual fundraising gala to support scholarships for promising students, especially low-income graduates of New York City area high schools.

It was a record turnout this year as more than 275 local political and business leaders, as well as members of the educational community, packed the Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club for an evening of festive dinner and dancing. Monroe Foundation president Stephen Jerome hosted the event, while jazz talent Janelle “Lady Jae” Jones dazzled attendees with her performance of Aretha Franklin songs.

Mr. Jerome noted, “The Monroe Foundation is dedicated to helping make the seemingly out of reach college dreams of deserving students and their families a reality. Thanks to the wonderful generosity of our benefactors last night – for which we are incredibly grateful – we will be able to help many more future professionals. Working together, we will change lives and change communities, one student at a time.”

The Foundation has recently provided tuition assistance to students attending College of Westchester, Maryville College, Monroe College, Northwestern University School of Law, SUNY Albany, University of Alabama, and University of New Haven, among other institutions. A number of the scholarship recipients were in attendance at the gala last night to share their stories and thank attendees for their continued support.

The Monroe Foundation’s annual fundraising gala was previously called “A Chef’s Legacy” to honor the memory of Chef Craig Rutman, a culinary educator whose commitment to enhance his students’ access to “real world” educational opportunities, such as study abroad programs, proved inspirational. The gala’s theme was broadened this year to reflect the expanded scope of the Foundation’s activities, which has grown to include support for a wide range of educational programs and institutions.

To make a donation to the scholarship fund or learn more about The Monroe Foundation, please contact Kathy Murphy at KathyMurphy(at)monroefoundationny(dot)org or call 646-393-8352.

About the Monroe Foundation
The Monroe Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization established in 1993 to expand higher education access, granting scholarships to deserving individuals for whom the financial burden of college might otherwise prove prohibitive. These scholarships enable promising students to pursue academic programs at the institution of their choice, as well as help to advance institutional education programs.

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