ACTOR LEVAR BURTON TO SPEAK
AT HOUSATONIC COMMUNITY COLLEGE GALA

THREE AREA BUSINESSPEOPLE TO BE INDUCTED
INTO HCC ALUMNI HALL OF FAME

NOV.  21 AT 7 P. M.


BRIDGEPORT - LeVar Burton,  award-winning actor, director, producer and author, will be the guest speaker at the Housatonic Community College Foundation’s “Alumni Hall of Fame” Gala on Saturday evening, Nov. 21, at the new Events Center in HCC’s Beacon Hall. 

Burton is well known for his starring role in the miniseries Roots; as long-time host of the highly acclaimed PBS children’s series Reading Rainbow; and as co-star of the Emmy award-winning television series Star Trek: The Next Generation.   In addition to his stage and screen career, Burton is a renowned literacy advocate who speaks on the subject worldwide. 

"I am always moved by the power of the written word in our lives, he said. “The collective hopes, dreams and aspirations of our human family are contained in the great literature of the world, and I believe it is everyone's birthright to be able to read and enjoy that legacy," he said.

The black-tie event will include the induction of three HCC alumni into the College’s newly formed Alumni Hall of Fame: Mary Ann Vlahac of Stratford, Charlene “Charlie” Santoro, CPA, of Seymour, and John L. Evanich, CPA, of Wallingford.  These alumni were selected because how they applied the education they received at HCC to distinguish themselves in their careers and in the realm of community service.  Faculty, family, friends and community representatives will be on hand to honor them for their outstanding achievements.

With the importance of education the theme of the night, the Gala is intended to raise funds to support scholarships awarded by the Foundation to eligible HCC students.  This year, due to the difficult economy and the decline in college loans granted by traditional lenders, it is estimated that student need will more than double that of last year, reaching the $1.5 million level.  

The Gala is presented by People’s United Bank and the Connecticut Post; and is sponsored by businesses and individuals including The Bannow Larson Foundation, Bigelow Tea Company and Pequonnock River Partners.  Additional sponsorship opportunities and event tickets are available by contacting Maureen Dowdle, Director of Institutional Advancement, at 203- 332-5078 or mdowdle@hcc.commnet.edu .