Nassau Community College Foundation Honors Town of Hempstead Supervisor Donald Clavin Jr., NICE Bus CEO Jack Khzouz, Richner Communications & NCC Interim-Vice President Academic Student Services Charmian Smith

Red Carpet Hosted by Donna Drake, President & Founder Drake Media Network

November 29, Garden City, NY - Nassau Community College and the Nassau Community College Foundation Board of Directors will host their annual Gala on Wednesday, November 30 at 7 p.m. The red carpet will be hosted by Donna Drake Studios, featuring interviews with honorees and special guests. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Nassau Community College Foundation and the NEST food pantry at the College.

"Nassau Community College has a proven record of welcoming ambitious students and helping them find a productive, meaningful role in the world. We are appreciative of the dedicated support of the honorees and their commitment to supporting students in achieving their academic and career goals,” said Dr. Maria Conzatti, Interim-President, Nassau Community College.


  • Donald Clavin Jr.: Town of Hempstead Supervisor

"It is an honor to be recognized by Nassau Community College, a renowned Long Island institution that is providing education, guidance and support to generations of local leaders and entrepreneurs. It is wonderful to see that this event will benefit the Nassau Community College Foundation and the NEST Food Pantry. Congratulations to the NCC Foundation on this year's Gala and on another successful school year!"

  • Jack Khzouz: NICE Bus CEO

“I am deeply honored to be recognized by Nassau Community College.  From our first month of operation, we began forging a strong partnership with NCC. Our common goals of supporting education, providing access, and keeping those who benefit from our services at the core of our operation allowed us to build a foundation for Rider Centric Service and today NCC continues to be the number one destination within Nassau County.”

  • Stuart Richner, CEO of Richner Communications and Publisher of Herald Community Media

"As the premier hyper local news provider in Nassau County, we are proud to support Nassau Community College and the Nassau Community College Foundation," said Stuart Richner, CEO of Richner Communications and Publisher of Herald Community Media. "NCC and NCCF are an integral part of creating the vibrant and educated communities that we all love. We applaud the work of the entire NCCF organization and their commitment to providing accessible, high-quality education to Nassau County. We are also proud that our Executive Director of Corporate Relations/RichnerLIVE, Amy Amato, has joined the NCCF board to further support the organization's important work.” 

  • Charmian Smith: NCC Interim-Vice President Academic Student Services

“It has been a privilege to work with and support our NCC students in their academic journeys both inside and outside the classroom. NCC students are determined, intelligent, passionate and possess a drive to succeed that is unparalleled.  I am honored to receive this recognition and look forward to supporting our NCC students and their triumphs for years to come.”

“Nassau Community College is the hidden gem of Long Island. Small class sizes, experienced professors, and personalized academic and career support provide students with a solid foundation with endless possibilities,” said Michael McGinty, Chairman, Nassau Community College Foundation Board. “It is because of individuals like our honorees that the College continues to provide ample opportunities, both inside and outside the classroom, for students to succeed.

To attend the Gala, donate, or for more information please visit the Nassau Community College Foundation website

Media Contact:  Lindsey Angioletti | | C:  (516) 320-0695

About Nassau Community College

Nassau Community College, a campus of the State University of New York, provides a comprehensive public college experience designed to prepare students to start, and continue, their successful journeys through higher education. Serving 14,000 full-time, part-time and continuing education students, NCC awards 67 associate degrees and 25 certificates. Through on-campus and online offerings, the college educates local and international students, and boasts 168,000 alumni. Situated on 225 acres in Garden City, Long Island, the college grounds reside in historic Nassau County, one of the most desirable locations to live in the United States and an epicenter for business and careers. Since 1959, NCC has earned a nationwide reputation for academic excellence and ease of transferability to four-year schools. 

Nassau Community College Foundation

The Nassau Community College Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation created in 1983 to support the mission of the College by providing an independent avenue to receive philanthropic aid. For many students, their road to success begins with the Nassau Community College Foundation.


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