VERNON – “Bond” was the word, as many gathered for the largest fundraising event of the year for Sussex County Community College, with its annual Foundation Scholarship Ball, on Saturday, November 2.
As part of the theme this year, the event, the 13th annual one for the college, celebrated 50 years of James Bond, specifically tying in his Casino Royale theme into the event. Cards, dice, and “007” emblems, were placed around the rooms.
Those who attended the elegant event at the Red Tail Lodge in Vernon, were treated to music, dining, and dancing. Before the events, the attendees, dressed to the nines, mingled, while they listened to music, sampled fine liquors, and browsed the silent auction items.
There was a wine auction, in addition to the silent auction of many deluxe items. The wine auction allowed participants the opportunity to win a bottle of fine wine for a $25 entry.
As for the silent auction items, they included some priceless James Bond souvenirs for the lucky bidders, such as a 16X 20 framed photo autographed by all of the James Bonds, James Bond themed basket, and complete collection of James Bond DVD’s.
There were other autographed memorabilia items up for auction, like a Johnny Depp Autograph, Frank Sinatra Album, Hunger Games Poster, Charles Schultz original Snoopy Sketch, Spiderman Stan Lee Photo, Al Pacino Autograph, and even a deed hand-scrolled by Queen Elizabeth I in 1589.
Stays in fine locations, such as the Atlantic Casino Resort Spa, a seven night stay in Antigua, one night stay in any Omni Hotel and Resort, and overnight for two at Minerals Spa, were some of the other items up for bid.
There were photography sessions, certificates for clay shooting, restaurant gift certificates, lift tickets, theater tickets, museum tickets, jewelry, certificates for lunch or dinner out and much more.
Sussex County Freeholder, Phil Crabb, was in attendance at the event, at said, “This is always the top shelf event. It’s for a great cause. The college has made tremendous strides. This event truly represents what the college represents – high quality education. It’s a pleasure to be here to support them.”
Rita Oroho, wife of Senator Steve Oroho (R-24) was also there.
“It’s nice to have this for the college for support,” she said. “It’s nice for the community to have the college.”
Frank Nocella, the college’s CFO, said, “It’s a gorgeous evening, a great celebration. But we’re here to help the students of Sussex County Community College, and future students.”
A new project that is being kicked off by the college is “The 100 Women Project at SCCC.” The goal is to have 100 women contribute $100 each year for five years, which will eventually add up to $10,000 annually, and $50,000 for five years, for five endowed scholarships, for female students.
Lorraine C. Parker, a retired Judge from the Appellate Division, is the Chair of the 100 Women Steering Committee, and Vice Chair of the SCCC Board of Trustees.
All donations to the SCCC Foundation are tax deductible, with the foundation a 501 ( c) 3 organization.
For more information about the project, contact Karen DiMaria, SCCC Director of Institutional Advancement, at (973) 300-2124.
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