NCCC Foundation

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NCCC Foundation “Virtual” Scholarship Gala

COVID-19 has once again impacted in-person events. Unfortunately, the 2021 NCCC Foundation Scholarship Gala has been cancelled. Instead, please join us virtually throughout October 2021 for weekly raffle events while we celebrate and invest in our students!

Since 1987, the NCCC Foundation Office has been committed to assisting our students. Despite these uncertain times due to COVID-19, the Foundation’s support has stood strong thanks to your continued generosity. For more information on ways you can give back, please see below to learn about raffle and sponsorship opportunities!

Mark your calendars to celebrate a return to the “new norm” at the Foundation Scholarship Gala on Saturday, October 22, 2022. This Gala will kick off the 60th Anniversary of the College! We hope to see you there.

“Virtual” Gala Raffles

Donor contributions are crucial to making an impact and the annual Scholarship Gala is the primary fundraiser supporting student scholarships. For a donation of $125 or more, you’re entered for a chance to win all of the items below! Smaller raffles including gift cards and themed baskets will also be drawn every Thursday throughout the month of October. Enter today for your chance to win over $2,000 in prizes!

4 Bottles of Fine Wine
From Steve Sinclair

Drawn on 9/30/21
Winner: Lydia Ulatowski
Wegmans Gift Card Winners:
Jim Mezhir ’68 & Bob McKeown ’88

$200 in Lottery Tickets
With a Chance at Millions

Drawn on 10/7/21
Winner: John Eichner
Target Gift Card Winners:
Marc Bernstein & Theresa Silvestre

Dinner & Drinks at Savor’s
Chef Table for 8

Drawn on 10/14/21
Winner: Carol Riniolo
Amazon Gift Card Winners:
Julie Bush & Patrick Whalen

4 Tickets to the Foundation Scholarship Diamond Gala

Drawn on 10/21/21
Winner: Jack Kopczynski
Visa Gift Card Winners:
Jack Kopczynski & Jayne Schaber

2 Tickets to Hamilton:
The American Musical

Drawn on 10/28/21
Winner: Fabio Escobar
Sunoco Gift Card Winners:
Geri Sdao & Barb Walck ’12

Gala Raffles 2021

Ways to Sponsor

The NCCC Foundation Scholarship Gala is the College’s largest student scholarship fundraiser. Although this year we are unable to host an in-person Gala due to COVID-19, our students still need your support. Please consider sponsoring our “Virtual Gala” utilizing the levels listed below. We could not do this without your support!

TypeSponsorship AmountBenefit
Presenting Sponsor$15,000Company logo & link on the "Virtual" Gala website
Platinum Sponsor$10,000Company logo & link on the "Virtual" Gala website
Gold Sponsor$5,000Company logo & link on the "Virtual" Gala website
Silver Sponsor$2,500Company logo & link on the "Virtual" Gala website
Bronze Sponsor$1,500Company logo & link on the "Virtual" Gala website
Supporter Sponsor$500One line listing (30 characters per line) on the "Virtual" Gala website
Patron Sponsor$250One line listing (30 characters per line) on the "Virtual" Gala website
Friend Sponsor$125One line listing (30 characters per line) on the "Virtual" Gala website
OtherAnyName listed on the "Virtual" Gala website

2021 Distinguished Alumni Recipients

Elizabeth Corieri

Elizabeth Corieri

Class of 1983

Elizabeth Corieri graduated from Niagara County Community College in 1983 with her Associate’s Degree in LA&S: Humanities & Social Science. She continued her education at the University at Buffalo earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Education in 1985.

Upon graduation, Liz accepted a position with the Niagara Wheatfield Central School District as a long-term substitute. This resulted in a full-time position teaching second grade at Military Road School and was the start of her career path with Niagara Wheatfield.

In 1990, Liz graduated from Niagara University with her Master’s Degree in Education and in 1992 earned her Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision. During this time, Military Road School closed its doors and Liz was transferred to Colonial Village Elementary School. She stayed there for 2-years as a Kindergarten teacher before starting at Tuscarora Indian School in 1993.

Five years later in 1998, Liz was promoted to Principal of Tuscarora School and has remained in that position since. For over 20 years, she has been an avid supporter of the Tuscarora Culture and Language program which is a vital part of the cultural revitalization at Tuscarora. In addition, she has promoted the importance of the language and stood behind and encouraged the hiring of native teachers.

Liz is also Co-Chair of the Native American Regional Forum which addresses issues in the Native American educational system. She has helped with utilizing native speakers and includes new methods to reach all students and inform teachers with these innovative techniques. In addition to education, Liz has dedicated herself to the different programming throughout the school. This includes organizing their yearly Elder’s Day, Culture Night, and Graduation Dinner.

Outside of work, Liz is a certified children’s yoga teacher. She volunteers her time to the students at Tuscarora School teaching them positive mental health and proper breathing techniques. She also enjoys spending time with her mother, Betty, her two daughters, Lindsey and Caitlin, and her two grandchildren, Ruby and Trey. Her continued active participation show her true commitment to the next generation of future students and their education in Niagara County.

Angelo Fracassi

Angelo “Zig” Fracassi

Class of 1985

Angelo “Zig” Fracassi graduated from Niagara County Community College in 1985 with his Associate’s Degree in Communication & Media Art. While attending NCCC, Zig’s passion for radio grew by hosting his own show on WNCB and interning at WJJL.

Upon graduation, Zig moved to Las Vegas where he attended the University of Nevada for just over a year. He then landed his first professional radio job with K-RAM (now KFLV), 1340 AM Class Country as a D.J. and a Producer. During that time, K-RAM began to include professional sports with Zig hosting scoreboard shows after games.

In 1992, Zig landed his first nationally syndicated sports talk show with Sports Entertainment Network. In 1994, he was offered a position with Sports Fan Radio hosting regular call-in shows as well as an NHL program titled “In the Crease”. During this time, he worked with sports icons such as Pete Rose and Dallas Cowboys Executive Gil Brandt. Zig continued in this position until 2001 when he returned to Western New York as a host and sports anchor for WNSA 107.7 announcing pre-game shows for the Buffalo Sabres.

It was then he moved to New Jersey for a position with Sirius Satellite Radio (now XM Satellite Radio) as a part-time NFL Radio anchor. This position evolved into his current role hosting full-time shows on NFL Radio, SiriusXM Channel 88. He is also a regular contributor to SiriusXM NHL Network Radio Channel 91 and is featured hosting college football and hockey shows for SiriusXM College Sports Nation and ESPNU Radio.
Zig’s 35-year radio career has proven he is a leader in the industry and an ambassador for Niagara County. During his radio shows, he often speaks fondly of his time in Western New York and in particular, his time as a student at NCCC. He attributes much of his success to the quality foundation of education he received from NCCC as well as the opportunities the program afforded him.

Distinguished Student Scholarship Recipients

Jillian Donovan

Jillian Donovan

High School: Lewiston-Porter
Major: Liberal Arts
Career Goal: Undecided

“I hope one day that I will make enough money to give back not only to local but also national and global charities on a regular basis. It is always better to share your strengths, talents, and passions to leave a positive footprint in this world.”

Bridget Hersee

Bridget Hersee

High School: Starpoint
Major: Criminal Justice
Career Goal: Law Enforcement

“To play a part in protecting the members of our community and those around me would be a dream come true!”

Gina Krolewski

Gina Krolewski

High School: North Tonawanda
Major: Fine Arts
Career Goal: Art Therapist

“My goal is to help young adults find solace in art while working with agencies and schools in Niagara County.”

Mercy Walker

Mercy Walker

High School: Royalton-Hartland
Major: Nursing
Career Goal: Critical Care Nurse

“As a nurse, I will be able to give back to my community by providing competent medical care in a respectful, caring, and informative way to my patients and their families.”

Mackenzie White

Mackenzie White

High School: Royalton-Hartland
Major: Horticulture
Career Goal: Undecided

“Although I don’t know exactly what I want to do in my career, I hope one day to organize my own community volunteer events to clean up garbage and get people in environmental protection and rehabilitation.”

Distinguished Student Scholarship Recipients

Elijah Alker

Elijah Alker

High School: Lewiston-Porter
Major: Engineering
Career Goal: Aerospace Engineer

“Although I'm not originally from Niagara County, it's now the place that I call home. As I continue my education, I look forward to being able to give back through my career and volunteer work to my community.”

Jordyn Bobzien

Jordyn Bobzien

High School: Royalton-Hartland
Major: Massage Therapy
Career Goal: Acupuncturist & Masseuse

“My future goal is to own an acupuncture and massage business to help heal my community so in turn it becomes stronger and healthier.”

Daniel Burns

Daniel Burns

High School: North Tonawanda
Major: Computer Science
Career Goal: Undecided

“A degree in Computer Science from NCCC provides me with a multitude of options and opportunities to give back and hopefully inspire younger generations to do the same as well.”

Angelina Emmons

Angelina Emmons

High School: Lockport
Major: Liberal Arts & Sciences
Career Goal: Journalist

“I aim to further dedicate myself to my community and to truth with my reportage. My confidence in the power of writing and enriching the community I live in continues to fuel my aspirations.”

Katelyn Hurst

Katelyn Hurst

High School: Lewiston-Porter
Major: Nursing
Career Goal: Nurse

“The reason I wanted to become a nurse is that my main priority is to help people. Whether I am working at my local hospital or clinic, I have the opportunity to help my community members and make their lives better.”

Ashley Kopacz

Ashley Kopacz

High School: Lockport
Major: LA&S: Humanities & Social Science
Career Goal: Undecided

“Although I am unsure of my career path at this time, I look forward to attending NCCC which will help me get on the right path to achieving my goals.”


NCCC Foundation, Inc.
Deborah Brewer, Director
3111 Saunders Settlement Rd.
Sanborn, NY 14132
Phone: 716-614-5911
Cell: 716-438-6388
Fax: 716-614-5913