The Asnuntuck Community College Foundation is pleased to announce that it will be increasing its financial support to the college in 2016 and 2017. The availability of these funds comes from an increase in donations to the Annual Fund and successful fundraisers held in support of the Foundation in 2015-2016.
As a result of this decision there will be a $25,000 increase in support to ACC’s Academic Skills Center, which offers free tutoring and academic services to ACC students.
The Foundation has awarded $10,000 to support the ACC Student Service Learning trip to Haiti. Students and staff will travel to the Be Like Brit Orphanage in March to work with the orphanage’s 66 children. The group will also build a home for a nearby family.
The increase in funding will also result in $5,000 in additional scholarships to be awarded to Asnuntuck’s students.
The Foundation has increased its financial support by $5,000 toward mini- grants, which will support programs and projects at the college.
“We are very grateful for the support from our foundation board,” says Asnuntuck Community College President James Lombella. “Their commitment to the college allows ACC to deliver a quality education and experience to our students. All of this could not be accomplished without the support of our community partners who contribute to the foundation.”
In addition to supporting the college in 2015, the Foundation also hosted several community events: a Chamber of Commerce After-Hours social; a reception for the Presidential Inauguration and Commencement; a Fall Fest and Homecoming, in collaboration with the Town of Enfield, which drew many alumni and community members; and the Foundation supported the newly-formed Women’s Leadership Institute.
“In-kind donations from several local corporations like Eppendorf and Miller Family Markets’ ShopRite of Enfield allowed us to improve and update our biology lab and supported the Women’s Leadership Institute and the service learning trip,” said Keith Madore, Director of Institutional Development and Community Engagement for Asnuntuck Community College. He added, “Westfield Bank’s $5,000 contribution will support new playground equipment for the Children’s Reading Room.”
Several new scholarships were recently created. ACC alum Joseph Gasparino and his wife Christine will support a financially-needy student with the Gasparino Family Scholarship.
The Andrews Associates Student Scholarship is a gift made by the owners of Andrews Associate located in Enfield and will be awarded to a promising female Business Student attending ACC. The company plans to make this a regular contribution.
“A gift made by the Karen Dardanelli family will allow us to award the David Dardanelli Criminal Justice Scholarship this spring to a student in the CJ programs,” said Madore. He added that other contributions are being solicited to endow the scholarship permanently.
Contributions made in Karen Jarmoc’s honor for her years of service to ACC Foundation have resulted in The Karen Jarmoc Asnuntuck Student Scholarship. The Jarmoc family plans to contribute to this regularly to endow the scholarship.
Additionally, the college has been successful in raising funds to support ACC’s Continuing Education Students, and will award three additional scholarships this year at $300 each.
The Foundation’s next fundraiser will be their 13th Annual Murder Mystery. “Then There Was One” will be held on March 18th at the Holiday Inn in Enfield.