Middlesex Community College Foundation Raises Over $37,400 at Third Annual Red Moon Fest

redmoonfest2014-108The Middlesex Community College Foundation is pleased to announce that $37,422 was raised during the Foundation’s Third Annual Red Moon Fest,  an event that benefits students and programs at MxCC, surpassing last year’s totals by more than $10,000.

The event was held on September 6 and drew over 225 guests to the rapidly expanding MxCC campus to enjoy local food, cupcakes, wine, and beer as they bid on an array of both silent and live auction items.

“The positive growth of MxCC would not be possible without the donors and sponsors,” said H. Brian Dumeer, chair of the MxCC Foundation, as he welcomed guests, thanked event volunteers, and stressed the College’s goal to make education accessible for all students.

This year’s event highlighted the Health and Life Science Career Initiative at MxCC. Over $9,400 of the funds raised during the evening were pledges and donations made to the initiative. This year’s honorary co-chairs were Dr. Robert Olson and Dr. Virginia Nunez, owners of Pieper-Olson Veterinary Hospital and Pieper Memorial Veterinary Center, the home teaching hospitals for MxCC’s new Veterinary Technology Associate Degree Program.

“It’s a win-win situation,” said Dr. Olson, as he addressed the event’s guests and thanked the College for their partnership, as well as Dr. Steven Levy, program coordinator for the veterinary technology program at MxCC.

Dr. Olson spoke to guests about the One Health Initiative, which encourages united collaborations in animal and veterinary medicine to help uncover treatments for many current and emerging human diseases. He reinforced the importance of these relationships beginning with health and education professionals forming lasting connections.

The significance of these cooperative efforts in the medical professions, as well as the importance of community colleges in preparing students for growing fields, was further emphasized by Kate Miller, curriculum innovation coordinator for the Health and Life Sciences Career Initiative at MxCC. Miller outlined how a recent Department of Labor grant provided MxCC the “ability to expand opportunities” as well as significantly revise and create new programs, internship possibilities, and job shadowing options in both human and animal medical professions.

Miller’s main highlight for guests was reminding them about the importance of the 238 students that enrolled in the program since its recent unveiling.

“It’s really the student’s journey that is the hardest part, and this event is able to help support them in that journey,” said Miller.

Anyone looking for more information about the MxCC Health and Life Sciences Career Initiative, including all the degrees and certificates available within the program, should visit mxcc.edu/hlsci.

Founded in 1966, Middlesex Community College (mxcc.edu) is part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System. In all it does, Middlesex Community College strives to be the college of its community. By providing high quality, affordable, and accessible education to a diverse population, the college enhances the strengths of individuals through degree, certificate, and lifelong learning programs that lead to university transfer, employment, and an enriched awareness of our shared responsibilities as global citizens. MxCC, recently named a “Great College to Work For” by “The Chronicle of Higher Education,” offers more than 50 degree or certificate programs at the main 38-acre campus in Middletown, the downtown Meriden Center, the shoreline, and online.