FARMINGDALE, NJ (April 29, 2016) – The Brookdale Community College Foundation will honor Monmouth Medical Center and Thomas Bracken, president and CEO of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, during the 2016 Brookdale Scholarship Ball, held May 27 at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club, 20 Shore Oaks Dr., Farmingdale.

The ball is held in support of the Foundation’s “Building Minds, Building Futures” scholarship fund, which supports local college students who do not qualify for traditional financial aid. This year the fund awarded nearly $420,000 in scholarships and grants to more than 500 local students.

The ball will begin at 6:30 p.m. and feature a cocktail reception, dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions and music by the Carl Gentry Band. Auction items include vacation packages, event tickets, artwork, designer handbags, an autographed Bruce Springsteen box set and a variety of unique dining and entertainment experiences.

Individual tickets are $175. Sponsorship packages and advertising opportunities are available. For tickets or more information email Timothy Zeiss at or call 732-224 2887.

Monmouth Medical Center, located in Long Branch, is home to the Unterberg Children’s Hospital and is one of the largest academic medical centers in New Jersey. Since its founding more than 125 years ago, the center has been a leader in surgical advancement and has introduced many technological firsts to the region, including robotic surgery and other minimally invasive techniques.

Bracken became president and CEO of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce in 2011, after four decades of experience in the banking and financial services industry and serving as president of TriState Capital Bank’s New Jersey operation in Princeton.

He has also served as CEO of Sun Bancorp, Inc. and is a former chairman of the Economic Development Corporation of Trenton and the New Jersey Bankers Association. Bracken was inducted into the New Jersey Business Hall of Fame in 2014.