The Brookdale Community College Foundation proudly announces the success of its annual Scholarship Bash, held on Friday, May 3, 2024, at Branches in West Long Branch, NJ. The event was a celebration of philanthropy, education, and community spirit.

The Scholarship Bash serves as a platform to recognize individuals and organizations whose unwavering commitment to education and student advancement has significantly impacted the community. This year’s honorees were celebrated for their outstanding contributions to fostering educational opportunities and empowering students to achieve their academic and career aspirations.

The distinguished honorees of the 2024 Scholarship Bash include:

Richard Kroon & Suzanne Keller

Andrew Kroon Memorial Scholarship – Established in memory of Andrew Kroon, this scholarship honors individuals who exemplify a commitment to education and community service.

Richard Kroon & Suzanne Keller – and Suzanne Keller, Supervisor of “The SOURCE” at Red Bank Regional High School, were recognized for their exceptional dedication to education and mentorship.

The Golden Family

Automated Building Controls and The Golden Family – Fred Golden, founder of Automated Building Controls, along with his sons Darrel, Sean, and Kieran, were honored for their commitment to technological advancement and their longstanding partnership with Brookdale Community College.

Rob Kash, President of Great Restaurants, NJ Hospitality Group – Rob Kash, a prominent figure in the restaurant industry and a dedicated community leader, was recognized for his entrepreneurial spirit and philanthropic endeavors.

“We are thrilled to acknowledge these remarkable individuals and organizations for their outstanding contributions to our community,” said Carol Stillwell and Candy Langan-Sattenspiel, Co-Chairs of the 2024 Scholarship Bash. “Their unwavering dedication to education and empowerment serves as an inspiration to us all.”

The Scholarship Bash was a memorable evening of dinner, dancing, and philanthropy, bringing together members of the community in support of a noble cause. The Brookdale Community College Foundation extends its heartfelt gratitude to all sponsors, donors, and attendees for their generous support in making the event a tremendous success.

“Education is not just about acquiring knowledge for a specific industry; it’s about personal growth, maturation, and self-motivation,” said Kash. “I have seen firsthand the transformative power of education, particularly at Brookdale. It is a place where students receive a quality education and find support, guidance, and opportunities to excel. I often encourage my employees to consider Brookdale as a starting point, and I have witnessed remarkable success stories. Brookdale truly empowers individuals to find their path and make a meaningful impact. I’m proud to be part of something that makes education accessible and enriching for our community.”

The Brookdale Community College Foundation provides financial support, resources, and opportunities to Brookdale Community College students, empowering them to pursue their academic and career goals. Through scholarships, grants, and partnerships, the Foundation strives to make education accessible and affordable for all members of the community.

“I was able to go to college and business school entirely financed on the generosity of other people at those institutions,” said Kroon. “So, without the support of others, I would not have the educational beginning that I had which I think really defined my life going forward.”

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Featured photo: Carol Stillwell, Rob Kash, Vice President Nancy Kaari, President Dr. David M. Stout.