Berkeley College Donates More Than $16,000 Toward Relief Efforts in Haiti

MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2010

Contact:  Ilene Greenfield
Director of Media Relations
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Berkeley College has donated more than $16,000 toward relief efforts in Haiti following the devastating earthquake that hit the nation in January. Funds will be divided between AmeriCares, Doctors Without Borders, Habitat for Humanity, and Save the Children — four organizations that are bringing significant aid to the Port-au-Prince area.
“Our College community has been personally affected by this tragedy, which has touched the hearts of humanity around the globe,” said Berkeley College President Dario A. Cortes, PhD. “I am very proud to announce that the Berkeley community has raised more than $8,000 to support the Haiti relief efforts. Berkeley College will be matching that amount for a grand total of $16,336.”
Fundraisers took place at Berkeley College campuses in New York and New Jersey, as well as through Berkeley College Online. They featured everything from lunch and candy sales to a “Hula Hoop for Haiti” contest. Many projects were spearheaded by Student Government Association leaders and the Berkeley College Office of Student Development and Campus Life.
AmeriCares Vice President, Individual Philanthropy, Jennifer Grey thanked Berkeley College for its donation on behalf of her organization, and said there is still much to be done in Haiti.
“We are grateful for the efforts of the Berkeley College community, which will help support disaster relief and the rebuilding that must take place moving forward,” said Ms. Grey. “The need is great and there is much to be done in the months and years ahead.”
A leader in business education for 79 years, Berkeley College maintains an enrollment of more than 8,000 students, including 665 international students in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree programs. The College has two New York campuses in Midtown Manhattan and White Plains, an Extension Center in Lower Manhattan in the Wall Street area, and four New Jersey campuses located in Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson), Paramus, Woodbridge, and Newark. In addition, the College offers Berkeley College Online and Corporate Learning Partnerships. Concentrations are offered in more than 20 career fields, and all campuses are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The College’s website address is
Photo Caption A: Berkeley College student Jennifer Petreski of Rochelle Park takes part in the “Hula Hoop for Haiti” event at the Bergen Campus in Paramus, NJ. Fundraising efforts at Berkeley College campuses in New York, New Jersey and through Berkeley College Online raised money for four organizations that are bringing aid to Haiti in the wake of the January earthquake.
Photo Caption B: Berkeley College President Dario A. Cortes, PhD, presents a check for $16,336 to AmeriCares, Doctors Without Borders, Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children —  four organizations that are bringing aid to Haiti in the wake of the January earthquake. Accepting the check is AmeriCares Vice President, Individual Philanthrophy, Jennifer Grey.
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