Foundation Events

2015 Brookdale Scholarship Ball

More than 250 community members and area dignitaries attended the Brookdale Community College Foundation’s 2015 Scholarship Ball, held May 29 at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club in Farmingdale.

The event raised more than $92,000 for the Foundation’s “Building Minds, Building Futures” Scholarship Fund, which supports students and working families who don’t qualify for financial aid.

“Sometimes, even a $500 or $1,000 award can mean the difference between staying in college and dropping out,” said Brookdale President Dr. Maureen Murphy. “So many of our students have the opportunity to grow and learn because of our Foundation and the generous support of so many in our community.”

The event featured dinner, dancing, live music from the Carl Gentry Band, and live and silent auctions for hundreds of donated items.

Local activists Valerie Montecalvo and David Portman were also recognized by the foundation board for their work on behalf of the community.

Montecalvo, owner of Bayshore Recycling Corp and an avid environmentalist, and Portman, president of Triad Property Management and Developmental Corporation and a longtime Jewish community advocate, were honored by Monmouth County as well.

Deputy Freeholder Director Serena DiMaso and Freeholder Lillian Burry presented the honorees with certificates of recognition and declared May 29, 2015 “Valerie Montecalvo Day” and “David Portman Day” in Monmouth County.

The nonprofit Brookdale Foundation works with the college and community members to support scholarships and higher education programs for local students. This year the “Building Minds, Building Futures” scholarship fund awarded nearly $400,000 in scholarships and grants to more than 500 students.

The 2015 Scholarship Ball was co-chaired by Carol Stillwell, of Stillwell-Hansen Inc., and Foundation board members Candy Langan-Sattenspiel, of Sattenspiel Surgical Arts Pavilion, and Karen Escobedo of New Jersey Natural Gas.

For more information on the foundation and its scholarship programs, email Tim Zeiss, Executive Director, Foundation & Alumni Affairs at

2015 Education Open Golf Outing

The Foundation’s 36th Annual Education Open Golf Outing will be held Thursday, September 24, at Eagle Oaks Golf & Country Club in Farmingdale.

Long considered one of the best charity outings in the region, the Education Open provides golfers and guests with a first-class golfing experience at a premier club.

The annual event depends on the generosity of golfers, sponsors, donors and auction contributors to raise much-needed funds for the Brookdale Foundation “Building Minds, Building Futures” scholarship fund.

The day features many individual and team contests including men’s and women’s closest to the pin and longest drives. Prizes will be awarded to the team with the lowest gross score and to four teams with the lowest net scores. Each golfer will receive a special golfer gift and can participate in a free putting contest for prizes.

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For more information contact Timothy Zeiss, Executive Director, at