30th Annual TCSF Awards Dinner

30th Annual TCSF Awards Dinner

On Tuesday, October 11, 2011, Tri-County Scholarship Fund celebrated 30 years of providing FREEDOM THROUGH EDUCATION at its Annual Awards Dinner at the Parsippany Hilton that was attended by almost 500 business, community and educational leaders and concerned citizens.

Thomas J. Healey, Partner Healey Development, LLC and Sharon C. Taylor, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Prudential received the Tri-County Scholarship Fund Hall of Fame award and Derrell Bradford, Executive Director, Better Education for Kids, received the Making a Difference award.

In addition, Samuel Sanchez and Julie Gamarra, Tri-County scholarship recipients representing their respective elementary and secondary schools, spoke of the opportunity to learn in a rigorous, safe environment and how it is changing their lives. Perseverance, respect, hard work and continuous education were among the key themes of the day.

Another highlight of the evening was the Guardian Angels festival of balloons, which raised an additional 100,000 dollars.

Joseph A. Gonnella, and Donna D. Marki, Esq. served as the dinner’s co-chairs and Robert E. Mulcahy served as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies.

Tri-County Scholarship Fund is dedicated to helping economically disadvantaged children in northern New Jersey by providing private education. Over the past 30 years, Tri-County Scholarship Fund has given more than 28,000 scholarships to thousands of children in Morris, Passaic and Sussex counties, regardless of their race, religion or national origin.

Thomas HealeyThomas J. Healey is a retired partner of Goldman Sachs. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, he served as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury for Domestic Finance under President Ronald Reagan. Mr. Healey serves as Chairman of the Rockefeller Foundation Investment Committee and is actively involved with other charitable institutions including the Trustees of Reservations in Boston, Morristown Memorial Health Foundation and the Maryknoll Missionaries. He is one of the founding members of the Leadership Roundtable, the premier lay support group of American Catholic business leaders for the bishops and the Catholic Church in the United States. One of their principal projects is saving urban schools in the U.S. He is a Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School and a trustee of the Delbarton School and the Tri-County Scholarship Fund.


Sharon TaylorSharon C. Taylor is senior vice president, Human Resources, Chair of The Prudential Foundation and a member of Prudential’s Senior Management Committee. Ms. Taylor is the top global human resources (HR) officer reporting to the chairman and is accountable for talent management, HR consulting, HR policies, strategies, programs and infrastructure that support Prudential’s domestic and international businesses. She serves as Chair of the Newark Regional Business Partnership and is active on several boards, including the Human Resources Outsourcing Association, the Human Resources Policy Association, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Board and the Advisory Board of the National Council of La Raza. She is also responsible for Community Resources, which includes Prudential’s grant-making, social investment, business diversity development and local initiative programs. Derrell BradfordDerrell Bradford is the Executive Director of Better Education for Kids (B4K). Before joining B4K, he served as the Executive Director of Excellent Education for Everyone (E3), New Jersey’s largest school choice advocacy group. He served on Governor Chris Christie’s Educator Effectiveness Task Force, which gave recommendations on designing a new, statewide evaluation system for teachers and leaders. He is also a member of the State Department of Education’s Charter School Advisory Board.

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