October 12, 2022 (Middletown, Conn.) — The Middlesex Community College (MxCC) Foundation presented their annual Red Moon Fest on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. The fundraiser, held on the Middletown campus, brought together over 160 community members, alumni, faculty, staff and guests to celebrate and participate as event sponsors or as donors in the live auction and basket raffle.
As the MxCC Foundation’s largest fundraising event of the year, the Red Moon Fest raised a record $64,000 in gross revenues (not including donated auction and raffle prizes), netting nearly $51,000 for scholarships and educational innovations at Middlesex.
“After 11 years, this year’s Red Moon Fest is our most successful event ever,” said Kimberly Hogan, Middlesex interim campus CEO. “We are extremely thankful for our community sponsors—the Middlesex Institute for Lifelong Education (MILE), Insalco Corporation, Town Fair Tire, Follett Bookstore, Anna Wasescha, and many others. We are thrilled to have the support of such an enthusiastic community that helps our students succeed. Everyone at the college and the foundation extends their deep appreciation to those who gave so generously.”
Hogan co-hosted the event with Rick Eriksen, professor at the college’s Center for New Media.
“On behalf of the Red Moon committee members and the college, I thank Rick for his creative energy in helping host this event for so many years and also for his support as a sponsor,” added Hogan.
Chris Dibble, chair of the Middlesex Community College Foundation, and Andrea Levy, Ph.D., coordinator of the Honors Program, gave greetings. They were joined by 2020 alum Jacob Murphy and honors student Isabella Merlini who shared their Middlesex success stories.
The live auction included a Foxwoods golf foursome package, African safari trip, an overnight stay at Foxwoods with dinner and show, trip to Colorado, NFL tickets and much more.
Red Moon attendees enjoyed live music performed by the Steppin’ Out Band; gourmet pizza from the Red Diamond Pizza Truck; Forest City Brewing beer tastings; and wine from Rosabianca Vineyards.
For photos from the Red Moon Fest, full sponsor list, or to make a donation to the MxCC Foundation, please visit mxcc.edu/redmoon.
The purpose of the Middlesex Community College Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, is to support the college and its students by encouraging and securing charitable contributions to the college through the Foundation, and by managing and directing funds for scholarships, program and faculty development, instructional technology and equipment to create a learning environment that fosters student success.
Middlesex Community College is among 12 community colleges in Connecticut merging in 2023 to become CT State Community College, one of the largest community colleges in the country and largest in New England, dedicated to quality, access, and affordability. CT State students will be able to apply once and take classes at any campus. In addition to Middlesex (Middletown & Meriden), other locations include Asnuntuck (Enfield), Capital (Hartford), Gateway (New Haven & North Haven), Housatonic (Bridgeport), Manchester, Naugatuck Valley (Danbury & Waterbury), Northwestern Connecticut (Winsted), Norwalk, Quinebaug Valley (Danielson & Willimantic), Three Rivers (Norwich), and Tunxis (Farmington) Community Colleges.