Immediate:  November 15, 2021

SUNY Nassau Community College Honors NFL Superbowl Champion Gary Brown, Empire State Development Regional Director Cara Longworth,
& Corporate Champion Jovia Financial Credit Union

Virtual Gala: An Evening of Thanks Hosted by Emmy Award Winning
Carol Silva with Special Appearance by SUNY Nassau Graduate Billy Crystal – November 17th

November 17, Garden City, NY- SUNY Nassau Community College and the Nassau Community College Foundation Board of Directors will host a Virtual Gala: An Evening of Thanks on Wednesday, November 17th at 6 p.m. presented by Giuseppe Marketplace. Hosted by SUNY Nassau Graduate Carol Silva, and featuring a special appearance by fellow graduate Billy Crystal, proceeds will benefit the Nassau Community College Foundation and The NEST Food Pantry at SUNY Nassau.


  • Gary Brown: NFL Superbowl Champion & SUNY Nassau Alumni Association Achievement Recipient
    “My mother told me when I was young, that no matter what I do, do it with passion, do it with the best that you have, and it started with Nassau. I went into Nassau Community College a boy from Brentwood and I left a man destined to go to Georgia Tech.”
  • Carol Longworth: Long Island Regional Director, Empire State Development (ESD)
    “Working at ESD I see first-hand the transcendent power of Nassau Community College in shaping an entire regional economy. You can’t build without tools. Nassau Community College sharpens, strengthens and diversifies those tools through its Workforce Development programs.”
  • Jovia Financial Credit Union
    Jovia Financial Credit Union is committed to work with Nassau Community College to ensure that students across Long Island have access to quality, affordable education as they consider their role entering the Long Island workforce,” Ray Schwetz, Assistant Vice President, Business Banking

“We are truly appreciative of our honorees and their dedicated support to SUNY Nassau and we applaud their dedication and commitment to supporting our students on their academic journeys,” said Dr. Jermaine F. Williams, President, SUNY Nassau Community College. “We look forward to continuing to work together with all our supporters advancing the College and our mission to equitably enhance student access, completion, and post-completion success.”

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

About SUNY Nassau Community College
Nassau Community College is an institution where nearly 14,000 full-time, part-time, Workforce Development and continuing education students start and continue their successful journey through higher education. More than 80 fields of study are offered on a 225-acre campus located in the center of Long Island. As the largest single-campus two-year college in the New York State SUNY System, Nassau Community College offers a high-quality education and excellent support services, providing students with a solid foundation for their future successes. SUNY Nassau Community College graduates join a network of hundreds of thousands, representing professionals in healthcare, legal, education, business and government.

About Jovia Financial Credit Union
Jovia Financial Credit Union is one of Long Island’s leading credit unions, committed to providing affordable personal and business banking services. With 200,000+ members, and 20 branches stretching across Nassau and Suffolk counties, Jovia offers a winning combination of financial strength, convenience, and personalized service. We offer all the services of a big bank, but with better rates…lower fees…and white glove service.  Plus, we do it with a bright spirit and style all our own!  Eighty years in business says a lot, and we dedicate ourselves to our members who live, work, attend school and conduct business right here on Long Island. From mortgage loans and home equity lines of credit, to savings and checking accounts, to investments, auto loans, business banking and more, Jovia offers innovative product offerings and exceptional member benefits.  To bank on the brighter side and learn more, visit, call 1-855-JOVIA4U, or Facebook at

About Giuseppe Marketplace
In November 1998, our East Meadow Marketplace opened at 2330 Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow, New York, making it our very first location to open. Since then, we’ve added a number of new Marketplace locations, creating thousands of local jobs, and including all the features that Uncle Giuseppe’s customers have come to love about their favorite Uncle G’s. We’re committed to selling the tastiest food that’s made with traditional old-fashioned Italian recipes, and using the highest quality ingredients available. With that uncompromising dedication to delicious food and friendly customer service, you’re always treated like family at Uncle Giuseppe’s.


SUNY Nassau Media Contact:
Lindsey Angioletti, Director of Marketing & Communications | C:  516.320.0695

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