Tri-County Scholarship Fund (TCSF) raised a record-breaking $2.35 million in scholarship funds through its 41st Annual Awards Dinner, on November 1, at the Legacy Castle in Pompton Plains. The Dinner was held in-person, attracting over 850 friends and supporters. Fulfilling the mission of TCSF, the scholarships will go to financially disadvantaged Kindergarten -12th grade students in Morris, Passaic and Sussex counties so they can obtain quality, values-based educations at accredited independent elementary and secondary schools.
The Annual Awards Dinner honored three distinguished members of the New Jersey community. The Hall of Fame Award was presented to Mr. Juan C. Andrade, President and CEO of Everest Re Group Ltd. (NYSE: RE)., who was introduced by another Chatham resident and top insurance executive, Mr. Eric Andersen, President of Aon. In tribute to Andrade, over 65 corporate sponsors attended and supported the event. The Hall of Fame Award was also presented to Mr. Guy Adami, who was recognized for his leadership on behalf of children’s causes and educational opportunity. Adami was introduced by Fr. Michael Tidd, Headmaster of Delbarton School, in Morristown NJ. The Making A Difference Award was presented to St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic School in Passaic, for their partnership with TCSF in making it possible for 20 Ukrainian refugee children to attend the school, after escaping from their war-torn country.
“We were thrilled to recognize three such distinguished honorees for Tri-County’s 41st Annual Awards Dinner” said Prudence Pigott, President of Tri-County Scholarship Fund. “All three honorees have been important supporters of the Tri-County cause. Because of their leadership and generosity the event was hugely successful, raising the funds for 820 scholarship children to attend safe quality schools next school year.“
The evening was kicked off by CBS news anchor, Chris Wragge, who acted as Em-cee for the evening. The featured student speaker, Tri-County scholarship recipient Claudia Olivero, Paterson resident, and a senior at Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, presented stirring remarks concerning the impact of the TCSF scholarships she has received.
Remarked honoree Juan Andrade, ““On behalf of the entire Everest community, I am humbled by the mission of the Tri-County Scholarship Fund, which has done amazing work providing tens of millions of dollars in scholarships to deserving youth in our local communities,” said Juan C. Andrade, Everest President and CEO. “We are honored to be a part of this community outreach and to have the opportunity to give the gift of education to future generations of young people.”
To View a recording of the event or the individual honoree speeches, please visit the event page: www.tcsfund.org/2022gala