To excel at the game of golf, you need skill, precision and practice. To participate in the Nassau Community College Golf Outing, you also need a big heart. For the past twelve years, Nassau Community College has invited sponsors to their charitable event to help underwrite a crucial cause; the education of those who otherwise might not have the financial means to afford it. As education costs continue to rise, a college degree can often be out of reach for some, and the Nassau Community College Golf Outing is an initiative to help make graduation attainable for more students. “This is currently our biggest fundraiser,” explains Dawn DiStefano, Executive Director of the Nassau Community College Foundation, “and it’s a vitally important part of our scholarship activity as we continue to build our program,” she adds.
Opened in 1960 as part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, Nassau Community College is the largest single-campus community college in the state, located on a 225-acre campus in Garden City, New York. The Nassau Community College Foundation was created in 1983 as a not-for-profit corporation designed to support the mission of the College by functioning as an independent structure to receive philanthropic aid. Providing academic resources, support services and scholarships, the Foundation supports qualifying students with the opportunity for educational success and a head start to professional achievement.
As operator of the Nassau Community College Bookstore since 1984, Barnes & Noble College has played a pivotal role in the philanthropic event as a platinum sponsor. “We have been the main sponsor of the Nassau Community College Golf Outing for almost 10 years now,” says Ray McGale, Barnes & Noble College Regional Manager, “and all of our sponsorship dollars go to deserving students based upon academic grades and financial need,” he says. DiStefano, herself a former Nassau graduate, is quick to underline the importance of the event in the College calendar. “Our responsibility is to grow the College’s scholarship and academic programs,” she points out. “And that’s where our business partners and corporate sponsors play such an important role.”
The Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 scholarship recipients were honored at a NCC Foundation scholarship awards ceremony last month, and McGale met the very students who had benefited from the fund. “It was great to actually shake hands and meet the five students that we’re supporting,” McGale says adding, “it makes us truly happy to support Nassau Community College and the many students who have helped get to the next step in their education and careers.”
With 100 percent of the funds going to Nassau’s students, the College is looking forward to this year’s golf outing, which will be held on July 29, at Woodside Acres Golf and Country Club, Muttontown, New York. Last year’s event brought together more than 150 guests, including prominent business partners, donors, board members, alumni, faculty, staff, family and friends for a spectacular day that culminated with the Evening Awards Cocktail Reception. Although McGale and DiStefano are modest about their own golf prowess, they’re hoping to repeat last year’s successful fundraiser and create more opportunities for deserving students this year. “I tell people even if you’re not a golfer it’s a great day out,” says DiStefano, “and the reception provides a perfect networking opportunity or just a great night out with your spouse. But the most rewarding part of participating is that the event really helps some terrific students with much-needed scholarship funds.”