Donor Wall Unveiled at Bergen

Donors found their names etched in glass on Bergen’s $50 for 50 donor wall.

PARAMUS, N.J. – The Bergen Community College Foundation has unveiled a donor wall recognizing more than 400 current and former students, faculty, staff and community members who participated in last year’s award-winning $50 for 50 scholarship campaign, which raised more than $131,000 for student scholarships. Bergen President Michael D. Redmond, Ph.D., took the wraps off the wall April 30 during a donor recognition event at the main campus.

“It gives me great pride to unveil this wall as a permanent reminder of the good work done as part of the 50th anniversary,” he said. “Because long after we are gone, these scholarships will remain. We will keep supporting Bergen students. That’s a legacy we can all be proud of.”

The donor wall monument features frosted glass lined with donor names above vibrant acrylic panels that recall the campaigns’ overall branding. The wall stands inside the student center adjacent to the College’s main entrance at 400 Paramus Road.

The $50 for 50 campaign, which took place as part of the institution’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2017-18, won first-place honors among 650 colleges in the National Council on Marketing and Public Relations event/fundraising category for overall execution and excellence.

Bergen hired fundraising professional Ronald Miller to lead the direction and management of the foundation, a separately incorporated 501(c), as executive director earlier this year. Commercial real estate executive and longtime College supporter Dan Foley serves as chair of the foundation board of directors. The foundation has awarded more than 400 scholarships totaling more than $400,000 to students this year.

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 14,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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