The Capital Community College Foundation recognized programs of study for health care heroes and honored a 2020 class of Alumni Wall of Fame inductees at the No-Go Changing Lives Gala on October 23rd that showcased the talent of faculty, students and alumni.
The annual event raised more than $26,000 for scholarships and student success programs with the support of sponsors and contributors who participated in a virtual program.
Hosted by Capital Chief Executive Officer Duncan Harris via Webex the gala program included a tribute to Nursing and Health Careers programs and alumni honorees Sophia Gray (’01), Daniel LaMontagne (’94), John Perkins (’81) and Jonathan Nyez (’06) sharing their stories.
Interspersed with a tribute to nursing and health career studies and alumni recognition was a poem from Professor of English, Dr. Antoinette Brim and readings from the works of James Baldwin by students of Professor Julia Rosenblatt’s Theatre Arts Program. Dr. Harris provided a visual tour of the campus, noting its transformation from an iconic department store to a 21st century college. The gala concluded with an inspiring performance of “Rise Up” by Alumna Nidayah Bolling.
The 15th Changing Lives Gala, originally scheduled for the Gershon Fox Ballroom and atrium, went virtual this year because of the pandemic and need for social distancing. Capital Community College opened for the fall semester with 85% of classes held online.
Supporting the Gala were Corporate Sponsors Liberty Bank and Travelers, Benefactor Sponsor Windsor Federal Savings and Patron Sponsors Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Wheeler Family Health & Wellness Center, Webster Private Bank, Lana & Surendra Bridglall and John Perkins, Dr. G. Duncan & Garcia Harris and Lucy Anne Hurston.