Staff Report

The Ocean County College Foundation will host the 2022 Scholarship Celebration on Friday, June 24 at Ocean County College.

The open-tent event, featuring a gourmet buffet and a silent auction, will take place at 6 p.m. on the beautiful Campus Mall on the College’s main campus in Toms River. Proceeds from the celebration will support the mission of the Foundation – to help all students fulfill their dreams of a college education.

The Ocean County College Foundation is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to the growth and development of the College through scholarships, endowments, and capital and special projects. Through the generosity of its donors, the Foundation has provided support for thousands of deserving students and continues to assist the College community in truly impactful ways, including the funding for the Helping Hands Food Pantry, the Blauvelt Speaker Series, the Grunin Center for the Arts, the Global Travel Experience, Veterans Affairs, the Novins Planetarium, the Citta Sailing Center, Viking Athletics and many more college and student-led initiatives.

The annual Scholarship Celebration provides an opportunity to honor extraordinary individuals while raising crucial funds for students. This year, the Foundation will celebrate the accomplishments and tremendous dedication of three distinguished honorees:

Rosann Bar, Ph.D. and Patricia Gianotti, Ph.D., LCADC, for their contributions to the Addictions Counseling Program and commitment to OCC. Ocean County College has emerged as a leader in developing innovative programs for students who want to become drug and alcohol counselors, at a time when counselors in this field are most needed.

Alison Noone, MBA, for outstanding dedication to the operation of the Helping Hands Food Pantry. Helping Hands was created through a collaboration between the Tau Iota Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and the Student Life Office to assist college students struggling with food insecurity. The pantry, which has been assisting the college community since 2018, recently moved to a new, larger location in the Library and is in the process of expanding its services to ensure that students have the non-academic supports they need to succeed in college.

The Wintrode Family Foundation, for the establishment of the Roberta W. Wintrode Memorial Fund. The Wintrode Family Foundation established this fund in 2021 to honor the memory of a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, Roberta W. Wintrode. Roberta’s love for education, biology, nursing, and the arts was present in every aspect of her career and avocation. The fund is intended to immediately impact the students of Ocean County College by providing support to all opportunities of educational and intellectual value, including special programs such as foreign and domestic student travel, guest lectures, capital projects, and scholarships and grants.

For more information, sponsorship opportunities, or to purchase tickets, visit go.ocean.edu/gala.