Scholarship Ball


The 2017 Brookdale Foundation Scholarship Ball will honor The Anabel Foundation, Bob and Joan Rechnitz, and Zodiac Aerospace

Also this year, Founders’ Awards will be presented to the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders and the Northern Monmouth Branch of the AAUW

Front row: Joan and Bob Rechnitz (Honorees). Rear row, left to right: Candy Langan-Sattenspiel,

Tim Zeiss, Karen Escobedo, Maureen Murphy and Carol Stillwell.

More than 300 people are expected to attend the Brookdale Scholarship Ball on Friday, June 9, honoring The Anabel Foundation, local philanthropists and founders of the Two River Theater Bob and Joan Rechnitz, and Zodiac Aersospace.

Founders’ Awards will be presented to the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders and to the Northern Monmouth Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Both organizations were instrumental in the founding of Brookdale, and will be recognized as the College celebrates its 50th Anniversary.

The event will be held at Eagle Oaks Golf & Country Club in Farmingdale.  View the PDF invitation and RSVP card here.  

Co-Chairs are Carol Stillwell, President of Stillwell-Hansen, Inc., Candy Langan-Sattenspiel, Sattenspiel Surgical Arts Pavilion, and Karen Escobedo, Community Relations Director at New Jersey Natural Gas.  Sattenspiel and Escobedo serve on the Brookdale Community College Foundation Board of Trustees and are Brookdale alumna.

The Brookdale Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that raises funds to provide scholarships to Brookdale students and to fund programs that support student access and opportunity.

“The Scholarship Ball is vitally important to the Brookdale Foundation’s mission of engaging local individuals, businesses and organizations in raising funds for scholarships and programs so that Brookdale students can achieve their dream of earning a college degree and building better futures for themselves, their families and our community,” said Tim Zeiss, Executive Director, Foundation & Alumni Affairs. “We are honored to recognize our Honorees for their commitment to our students, the college and our community.”

The Foundation’s “Building Minds, Building Futures” scholarship fund provided nearly $430,000 in scholarships and grants to more than 560 Brookdale students this past academic year. Over the last seventeen years, the Brookdale Foundation has provided over $5 million in scholarships and grants to more than 7,000 students.

Guests will be treated to a special evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing to the music of the Carl Gentry Band and bidding on more than 125 items via a live auction, a silent auction and gift basket auction. Items included vacation condos, sporting, music and theater packages, restaurant and sight-seeing packages, Disney Day Hopper passes, golf foursomes, artwork, Coach handbags, jewelry, chef catered meals in the luxury of one’s own home, and an autographed box set from Bruce Springsteen.  All of the auction items are donated by local individuals and organizations. The Foundation is also conducting a 50/50 raffle in honor of the College’s Golden Jubilee 50th Anniversary.

Sponsorship packages and ad journal opportunities are available to those who wish to recognize the honorees and support the Brookdale Foundation. Individual ticket prices for the gala evening are $200.

For more information contact Tani Ortore at 732-224-2260 or