GCC Foundation Breaks Record for Fundraising at Hall of Fame Induction

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Gateway Community College Foundation (GCCF) raised more than $85,000 at its 14th Annual Hall of Fame Induction & Reception on Nov. 16, the most it has raised in the history of the event.

Since 1997, the Hall of Fame event has served as GCCF’s main source of scholarship revenue.

This year’s event honored four individuals for their exceptional contributions to the college community. It was held at the Shubert Theater in downtown New Haven and included a silent auction, reception and induction ceremony. The event was co-chaired by Althea Marshall Brooks of Empower New Haven and Kelly Wade Bettuchi of AT&T.

This year’s inductees were:

  • Corporate: John Emra, AT&T;
  • Community: Bishop Theodore Brooks, Beulah Heights First Pentecostal Church;
  • Alumni: Edwin Martinez Jr., Space-Craft Manufacturing, and Matthew Potochney, The Lighting Quotient

“We are proud to highlight this year’s honorees for all they have done to give back to the greater New Haven community,” said Mary Ellen Cody, GCC’s dean development and community partnerships. “Our strong partnership with First Niagara and our other sponsors and donors have made this event the most successful Hall of Fame ever and will allow the Gateway Community College Foundation to award many scholarships to deserving Gateway students.”

The following organizations contributed to the success of the event through sponsorships or donations: First Niagara; AT&T; The Annie E. Casey Foundation/Casey Family Services; Covidien; Yale-New Haven Hospital; Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield; Dimeo Construction Co.; Space-Craft Manufacturing; Walmart; Citizen’s Bank; Gaffney Bennett & Associates, Inc.; People’s United Bank; Robinson & Cole, LLC; Rome, Smith & Lutz; Suzio York Hill; The United Illuminating Co.; and Xerox.