North Shore Leaders honored at NSCC Champions Event

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l-r, NSCC President Pat Gentile, honorees Barbara and R.T. Paine Metcalf, honoree Senator Thomas McGee, honoree Barbara Heinemann for Eastern Bank, NSCC Foundation President Stephen Vesey


Senator Thomas M. McGee, R.T. Paine and Barbara Metcalf and Eastern Bank were honored at the inaugural “Champions for North Shore Community College Recognition Breakfast” October 3 for decades of exceptional leadership on the North Shore and their impact on higher education.

The Metcalfs of Beverly Farms were honored in recognition of philanthropy and volunteerism to the college; State Senator Thomas M. McGee for his public service and advocacy; and Eastern Bank in recognition of community impact.

“We are pleased to celebrate our Champions of Higher Education who have partnered with NSCC for decades because they believe in our students’ success and the link between access to education and the vitality of our communities,” said Stephen Vesey, President of the NSCC Foundation. “Thanks to the contributions of today’s distinguished honorees, our students are finding their own “inner champion” at NSCC.”

“Paine and Barbara Metcalf, Senator Tom McGee and Eastern Bank understand that education is indeed the pathway to a better future. They’ve been providing strong and generous support to open the doors of opportunity for ALL residents, not just the few. On behalf of the entire college community, thank you, honorees, for all you do for our students, our college and our North Shore communities. You are truly remarkable!” said college President Patricia A. Gentile.

“Paine and Barbara Metcalf are highly respected members of the North Shore community. A Corporate Vice President at UBS, Paine is a founding member of the NSCC Foundation, whose leadership contributed to the growth of the NSCC Foundation endowment, the establishment of a scholarship program for NSCC students, and other key initiatives,” President Gentile said.

Created in 1983, the Foundation’s scholarship program has awarded over $3.2 million in scholarships to 3,800 deserving NSCC students. Most recently the Foundation raised funding to provide technology for the college’s new addition to its Lynn campus.

She added, “State Senator Thomas M. McGee has been instrumental in ensuring access to higher education at the state level and he continues his father’s legacy, former Massachusetts Speaker of the House Thomas W. McGee, for whom the original Lynn Campus building is named, as a champion of NSCC

“It is an honor to celebrate Eastern Bank as a premiere leader for education. From scholarships to programmatic grants and capital support spanning four decades, Eastern Bank has been one of NSCC’s greatest champions for student success and ensuring access to higher education, particularly for low-to- middle income students from the region’s underserved communities,” said Gentile.

Over $280,000 in grants and contributions have been awarded by the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation to the NSCC Foundation for the advancement of the college and student success since 1984, most recently with a $10,000 grant award to support NSCC’s Latino/Hispanic College Success initiative through its 2017 Targeted Grant Program. In addition, Eastern Bank senior executives have served in a variety of leadership capacities ranging from the NSCC Board of Trustees to the NSCC Foundation Board of Directors and associated committees over the years.

“To be a champion for something means ‘to be a strong advocate or defender’.  But in order to truly be champion for something, you must believe in it. And it’s that belief – that passion – that motivates champions to invest in something bigger than themselves, something that extends beyond their own circumstances. It’s not for the spotlight, not for recognition. It comes from the heart, and it inspires others to join them,” noted emcee and Foundation Vice President Stephanie Lee of Verizon.

Presenting Sponsors of the event, which attracted 300 attendees, included Eastern Bank, Comcast, and the Caleb Loring Jr. and Rosemary M. Loring Charitable Gift Fund.

The program included award presentations as well as the unveiling of NSCC’s latest Comcast NBC Universal – sponsored video” “Transforming Lives, Strengthening Communities.”

To learn more about the NSCC Foundation, contact Nicole Marcotte, NSCC Director of Development at 978-739-5527.

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