Nassau Community College Foundation Hosts Annual Gala

Most Successful Gala to Date
Sold-Out Event to Feature Student Theater Performance & Student Artwork for Auction

November 28, Garden City, NY - Nassau Community College and the Nassau Community College Foundation Board of Directors will host their annual Gala on Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 7 p.m. at the Garden City Hotel. The sold-out event will feature a performance by the college’s theater students and an auction of artwork created by students. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Nassau Community College Foundation."Nassau Community College has a proven record of transforming lives, providing students with a caring community and quality education, and leading them on a path to future success.  We are appreciative of the dedicated support of the honorees and of their commitment to supporting students in achieving their academic and career goals,” said Dr. Maria Conzatti, Chief Administrative Officer, Nassau Community College. 


  • Nassau Community College Excellence in Education Award: Robert Costello, JD, Ed.D., SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, Chair, Criminal Justice Department
  • Presidential Award of Excellence: Shivana Harriram ’10, YouTube Platform Manager, Netflix
  • Excellence in Innovation Award: Derek Peterson, CEO, Soter Technologies, Inc.
  • Nassau Community College Spirit of Nassau Award: Demetrius Watkins, Assistant Professor
  • Caring for the Community Award: Teachers Federal Credit Union

“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.”

2023 Benefit Committee

  • GALA CHAIR: Joe Moscola, PA-C, MBA, Northwell Health
  • SPONSORSHIP CHAIR: Amy Amato, Herald Community News/RichnerLIVE
  • JOURNAL CHAIR: Jenna Natale, Long Island Business News
  • AUCTION CO-CHAIRS: Maria Marino, Sir Speedy Westbury & Richard Tavarez, Jovia Financial Credit Union

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

About Nassau Community College | State University of New York

Nassau Community College, a campus of the State University of New York, provides a comprehensive public college experience designed to transform lives through higher education. Serving 14,000 full-time, part-time and continuing education students, NCC offers more than 80 programs that lead to the associate’s degree or certificate. Through on-campus and online offerings, the College educates local and international students, and boasts 162,000 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, affordability, 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.

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

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