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Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change, transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities for more than half a century. Since 1968, Hostos has served as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs.

The Virtual Annual Scholarship Benefit - Hostos' premier fundraising event - strengthens the institutional mission of the College: furthering student success. Net proceeds support students along their road to degree completion, helping to create positive trajectories for themselves and their families.

Honorees

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Continental Food and Beverage, Inc.

Inca Kola USA

Community Impact Award

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Mr. and Mrs. Stuart and Randi P. Feiner

Philanthropic Impact Award

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The Honorable José E. Serrano

Lifetime Community Service Award

Alumni on the Frontlines ​Recognition

 

Many Hostos alumni healthcare professionals have bravely served on the frontlines of our city’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic – and we are immensely proud of each of them. These individuals are a testament to the academic excellence of Hostos and the spirit of community service that is so deeply rooted in the values of the College.

 

The following individuals have made invaluable societal contributions by selflessly giving of themselves in the service of those in need. Their compassionate care and valiant efforts have saved lives and brought comfort to numerous families. 

 

To these six outstanding alumni heroes, and to all who give back to our community, thank you for your dedication, commitment and service.

Long-term Care Nurses

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Fevidaury Valerio Arias, Class of 2017, LPN, Metropolitan Jewish Hospital Services

“I appreciate everybody’s job — not only doctors and nurses are essential. All the sanitation, environmental and dietary workers — without them, this wouldn’t work. Everybody plays a vital part in this pandemic. Even if nursing is demanding, I couldn’t be prouder to have chosen this field because it just makes me happy when I help others.”

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Salimata Seck, Class of 2016, RN, Mary Manning Walsh Nursing Home

“[My patients are] vulnerable people who are used to seeing their family members, and now all they see is you. You have to leave all your problems behind for the whole shift — all your sick family members, everything — because you have to take care of them.”

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Doreen Tomlinson, Class of 2012, RN, Bronx Lebanon Special Care Center

“This pandemic has changed my whole outlook — the way I look at life in general. I’ve learned to appreciate life more and appreciate things more. I place more emphasis on being empathetic and humble. It was a life-changing situation which has brought us together in a very emotional way.”

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Media Partner BronxNet Television

 

HOST

 
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Michael Max Knobbe

Executive Director of BronxNet Television

 
 

Bronx native Michael Max Knobbe is a community leader, social entrepreneur and accomplished media arts professional. Serving as Executive Director of BronxNet Television, Mr. Knobbe has pioneered and guided many initiatives at the network. Under his leadership, BronxNet has produced award winning content that builds community and provides young people with the professional skills to take on the challenges of an ever-changing digital landscape.

 

Mr. Knobbe has been instrumental in guiding the design, construction and launch of state-of-the-art, multisite, multimedia production studios, including both the current and forthcoming BronxNet studios in the South Bronx. He has been recognized by his peers in the field with industry awards, and several programs and documentaries produced under his direction have garnered multiple New York Emmy Award nominations and wins.

 

Mr. Knobbe is deeply committed to the arts and producing arts content. Through his efforts to highlight the robust arts and culture programming in the South Bronx, he has worked closely with the Hostos Center for Arts & Culture for many years. He has helped to facilitate programs that spotlight local and international artists who perform at the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture and exhibit at the Longwood Arts Gallery.

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HOSTOS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
INTERIM PRESIDENT

Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D.

HOSTOS COMMUNITY COLLEGE ​
FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mr. José A. Sánchez-Kinghorn, Chairperson
Ms. Dolores Batista, Vice Chairperson
Ms. Carolyn McLaughlin, Secretary
Mr. José Díos, Treasurer
Mrs. Susan Pinamonti, Acting Executive Director, Ex- Officio

Mr. Rafael Álvarez
Ms. Cira Angeles
Ms. Elba Cabrera
Mr. Jason Caraballo 
Ms. Marlene Cintrón

Dr. Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ex-Officio
Dr. Amarilis Jacobo, D.D.S.
Mr. Timothy G. Noble
Dr. Gunanand Persaud Jr., D.D.S.
Mr. Julio E. Reyes, Jr.
Mr. Rafael Rivera-Viruet

Mrs. Esther Rodríguez-Chardavoyne, Ex-Officio

Mr. Robert Sancho

 

Mr. William Aguado, Board Emeritus 

Mr. Dudley N. Williams, Jr., Board Emeritus

 

Ms. Carmen Vega-Rivera, Founding Member (1982-2019)

BENEFIT COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Mr. Jason Caraballo

Dr. Amarilis Jacobo

Mr. Paola Martínez

Ms. Idelsa Méndez

Mr. Edwin Pagán

Mrs. Susan Pinamonti

Mr. Robert Sancho