MIDDLETOWN, NJ (March 5, 2018) – Six area community leaders, professionals and volunteers will be honored on April 6 during the 33rd annual Wilbur Ray Scholarship Dinner at Jacques Reception Center, 500 Palmer Ave., Middletown.

The event, hosted by Brookdale Community College, recognizes significant contributions by local residents and organizations that, while substantial, do not always result in public recognition.

Proceeds from the dinner benefit the Wilbur Ray Scholarship Program, which supports students of color at Brookdale. The awards are named for the late Wilbur Ray, former Brookdale police sergeant and an active volunteer in the Long Branch community.

This year’s honorees include volunteers, professionals and community leaders in towns including Asbury Park, Red Bank, Shrewsbury, Neptune and Ocean Township, representing organizations such as the Parker Family Health Center, the youth-centered Program for Acceleration in Careers of Engineering (PACE) and Pilgrim Baptist Church.

They are: John Jones, of North Plainfield; Mary Nicosia, of Red Bank; Michael Perry, of Ocean Township; the Rev. Terrence Porter, of Scotch Plains; Sheri Lynn Stanford, of Trenton; and Maureen Taylor, of Somerset.

View full bios of each honoree here.

For tickets or more information about the Wilbur Ray dinner call Avis McMillon at 732-224-2967 or email amcmillon@brookdalecc.edu.