FARMINGDALE, NJ (June 13, 2017) – More than 260 community members helped celebrate Brookdale Community College’s 50th anniversary and raise a record amount for local students during the Brookdale Foundation’s 2017 Scholarship Ball, held June 9 at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club in Farmingdale.

The event, which featured dinner, dancing, live entertainment and more than 100 prize auctions, raised $124,162 for student scholarships and support services at Brookdale.

“I could not imagine a more fitting tribute to Brookdale’s 50th anniversary than the outpouring of generosity and support we saw this year,” said Timothy Zeiss, executive director of the Brookdale Foundation. “On behalf of my colleagues and the hundreds of students who will receive foundation scholarships this year, we express our sincerest thanks to everyone who helped make this event a historic success.”

Foundation members also presented five awards to local education advocates, philanthropists and government officials who have worked to support the college and local residents since Brookdale’s founding in 1967.

Honorees included Bob and Joan Rechnitz, local philanthropists and founders of the Two River Theater; The Anabel Foundation, a Fair Haven-based charity supporting a variety of nonprofits across Monmouth County; and Zodiac Aerospace, a Wall Township-based world leader in aerospace equipment and a longtime supporter of Brookdale students and the foundation.

Founders’ Awards were also presented to the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders and the Northern Monmouth Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), which were instrumental in establishing a public community college in Monmouth County five decades ago.

The Brookdale 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 past fifteen years, the Brookdale Foundation has provided over $4.4 million in scholarships and grants to nearly 7,000 students.

The 2017 scholarship ball was co-chaired by Carol Stillwell, of Stillwell-Hansen Inc., and foundation board trustees 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 at or visit