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BMCC Foundation Hosts Annual Scholarship Gala: Invest in a Future

Top row: Actor Billy Crystal; COO Marianne Brown. Bottom row: Anchor Cindy Hsu; CEO Marc Holliday.
Top row: Actor Billy Crystal; COO Marianne Brown. Bottom row: Anchor Cindy Hsu; CEO Marc Holliday.
April 28, 2015

NEW YORK, NY: Emmy- and Tony-award winning actor Billy Crystal is set to join SunGard Financial Systems COO Marianne Brown and SL Green Realty Corp. CEO Marc Holliday as honorees at the 2015 Invest in a Future Scholarship Gala. CBS anchor and reporter Cindy Hsu will emcee the event.

The Scholarship Gala is sponsored by the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY) Foundation. It will take place Thursday, May 14, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. at Cipriani, 25 Broadway in Lower Manhattan.

Media are invited to attend the cocktail hour at 6:00 p.m. for photo and interview opportunities.

Media must RSVP to John Cody Lyon,; Lynn McGee, or Manny Romero,

Billy Crystal—who himself attended a public community college—returned to TV this year in the FX “mockumentary-style” series The Comedians. For this year’s Gala, he takes the torch from last year’s celebrity Honoree, film legend Robert De Niro. The Gala raises money for BMCC Foundation scholarships.

Last year, the Gala raised over $1 million, enabling BMCC to provide scholarships to hundreds of high-achieving students facing economic challenges to staying in school and focusing on their studies. This year, the Foundation hopes to exceed that amount, in order to provide assistance to even more hard-working students.

For more information about the Scholarship Gala or to donate to the BMCC Foundation, please call 212-220-8020.

Fulfilling the important role of community colleges in today’s economy, BMCC helps bridge the educational opportunity gap by providing academic excellence at an affordable price. Located at the gateway to the newly rebuilt World Trade Center, BMCC’s motto, “Start Here, Go Anywhere,” rings true as the college prepares students—many the first in their families to attend college—for careers in high-growth areas, or to continue their higher education, earning bachelor’s and other advanced degrees within CUNY, at Ivy League schools and other fine institutions.

About BMCC:
Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) is part of the City University of New York (CUNY) and enrolls over 25,000 degree-seeking and 11,000 continuing education students a year, awarding associate degrees in 33 fields. BMCC ranks #4 among community colleges nationwide in granting associate degrees to minority students, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education. Visit:

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  • BMCC Foundation hosts annual Gala: Invest in a Future
  • Foundation recognizes generosity of Gala honorees
  • Cindy Hsu, CBS News anchor, to emcee

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