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Medgar Evers College held its second annual gala awards dinner Oct. 3 at the New York Marriott Brooklyn on Adams Street Downtown. The event raised $200,000 for the college’s scholarship endowment, according to Fred Price, assistant dean for development and public affairs at the college.

Medgar Evers President Edison Jackson and Gov. George Pataki announced that the state would provide $61 million for the college’s planned, state-of-the-art $138 million academic facility. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2004 on the new 178,000-square-foot building on Crown Street at Bedford Avenue.

The building will house the college’s School of Science, Health and Technology, including laboratories, offices and research facilities for faculty and students as well as classrooms, computer labs, a multipurpose dining facility and the college’s radio and TV studios.

Currently, the main buildings of Medgar Evers are located at 1650 Bedford Ave. and at 1150 Carroll St.

The black-tie event, "Reach for the Stars," was emceed by Emmy-award winning Maurice DuBois (top left), a WNBC-TV NewsChannel 4 anchor, and was attended by WBA Heavyweight Champ John Ruiz (center left). The event honored boxing promoter Don King (center right), AOL Time Warner Foundation Vice President Gerri Warren-Merrick and city Comptroller William Thompson. Singer-actor Harry Belafonte was also honored, but did not attend because of a scheduling conflict.

The event was also attended by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, City Councilman James Davis, Brooklyn Children’s Museum President Carol Enseki, Prospect Park Administrator Tupper Thomas, state Sen. Carl Andrews and Assemblyman Clarence Norman, chairman of the Kings County Democratic Committee.

A performance by the Medgar Evers College Imani Singers and Dancers (top right) was a highlight of the evening. For more information about enrolling in or supporting Medgar Evers College, call (718) 270-6000.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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