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The Gateway Community College Foundation proudly announces the 24th Annual Hall of Fame, a multi-week celebration and recognition that begins October 18th, and continues through mid-November.

The Hall of Fame is the GCC Foundation’s largest source of funding for the scholarships it awards to hardworking Gateway students, many of whom face financial challenges while pursuing their educational dreams. Due the pandemic, last year’s Hall of Fame was “virtual,” but it was a huge success.  This year, the Hall of Fame, themed “Bridge to Equity,” will be a “hybrid” event, featuring both in-person and online elements. It also will include three features from 2020, which will be showcased in a series of electronic Constant Contacts.

2021 Hometown hero honorees

Inaugural Gateway Lion Award for Outstanding Activism on behalf of students

Rosa Luisa DeLauro

2021 Hall of Fame Inaugural Gateway Lion Award for Outstanding Activism Recipient Rosa Luisa DeLauro Rosa L. DeLauro is the Congresswoman from…

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Michael R Taylor

2021 Hall of Fame Hometown Hero Honoree Michael R. Taylor Michael R. Taylor is Chief Executive Officer of Cornell Scott-Hill Health…

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Howard K Hill

2021 Hall of Fame Hometown Hero Honoree Howard K. Hill Howard K. Hill is the owner and operator of Howard K. Hill…

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Lindy Lee Gold

2021 Hall of Fame Hometown Hero Honoree LindyLee Gold LindyLee Gold is Senior Development Specialist with the Connecticut Department of Economic and…

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Terence Floyd

2021 Hall of Fame Hometown Hero Honoree Terence Floyd Terence Floyd is Vice President/Community Relations Consultant with Wells Fargo, specializing in philanthropic…

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Foundation contact: Genavave DeSisto at gdesisto@gatewayct.edu or (203) 499-7177 or (203) 285-2617

Hall of Fame Co-Chairs: Ruby H. Melton and LaKisha Jordan

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Dwight Johnson


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Sarah Jamison &
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Albertus Magnus College

Helene & Jeffrey Augustine

Thomas and Colleen Beirne

Dr. William “Terry” & Yulonda Brown

C.A. White

Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP

Daniel Caron 

Mary Ellen & Thomas Cody 

Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce 

Halsey Associates, Inc. 

Housatonic Community College Foundation 

LaKisha Jordan 

Junior Achievement of Southwest New England

Liberty Bank

Marcum LLP

Mimi Lines

Mark & Erika Lynch 

Linda Randell 

Regional Water Authority 

Gladys Soto 

The Suzio York Hill Companies

Susan Swirsky 

Wells Fargo Bank 

Workforce Alliance

Yale University

Equity in Education

Kevin and Robin Dougherty 

Evelyn and Richard Gard 

Paul & Cynthia McCraven

New Haven Bank

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Dr. Wilson Luna

Alese & Edward Mulvihill

Hamden Hall Country Day School

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