Celestial Ball Raises Money for College of Staten Island Students
College of Staten Island students were the beneficiaries of the Third Annual CSI Celestial Ball, which succeeded in raising more than $500,000 for student scholarships and support.
A diverse group of nearly 250 people, comprising community and business leaders, students, faculty, staff, friends of the College, and honorees and their family members, attended the event at the Richmond County Country Club. Everyone at the Ball provided crucial support to CSI students, as the scholarships and support made possible by this event provide students with the opportunity to complete their degrees, and gain the confidence and tools that they need to successfully enter the job market and affect positive change in their communities and beyond.
CSI President Dr. Tomás D. Morales presented the President’s Medal, with the assistance of Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. William Fritz, to the Ball honorees who were Denis Hughes, president of the New York State AFL-CIO; Dr. Mary O’Donnell, associate professor and chair of the Department of Nursing; and Rose Volpe, community activist, founder of the Friends of CSI, and widow of Dr. Edmond L. Volpe, the first president of the College of Staten Island.
Thirteen CSI scholarship recipients were on hand to show their appreciation for the support that they have received, and to serve as examples of the positive effects of scholarships at the college.
Among the distinguished guests present were Dr. Christine Cea, New York State Board of Regents member.#