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December 2018


Holiday party: Five decades, $500 and fun for all
Cynthia Eaton


  Maria Contreras-Hernandez and Kenya Harvey
Maria Contreras-Herdandez (left) and Kenya Harvey enjoy the festivities at this year's holiday party; both volunteered at the welcome table to greet incoming guests. The FA appreciates them and all of our members who volunteer in so many ways to keep the FA strong all year long. (photo by Joan Wozniak)

We couldn't have planned it better!

An extra special retiree also happened to win the biggest prize of the night: our annual 50/50 raffle!

Ed Eriksson was the first president of the FA, so it made us quite happy that after honoring his decades of service to the college and union, he was the lucky recipient of $500.

Our holiday party guests applauded all of this year's retirees, as the FA thanked them for their years of service and sent them off with well wishes for a long, happy and healthy retirement:

  • Doreen Biondolillo (Eastern)
  • Ed Eriksson (Ammerman)
  • Deborah Kiesel (Ammerman)
  • Laurette Lizak (Eastern)
  • Sofia Papadimitriou (Ammerman)
  • Thomas Phillips (Ammerman)
  • Ralph Williams (Grant)
  • Barbara DeFina (Central)
  • Patricia Hanna (Ammerman)
  • Steve Klipstein (Ammerman)
  • Elaine Merenda (Ammerman)
  • Joseph Pontieri (Ammerman)
  • Pamela Rathburn-Ray (Grant)

We are also thankful to our holiday party committee this year, which is perennially headed up by our office manager Anita Greifenstein. The party simply would not happen without Anita: thank you, Anita! Committee members included Alexander Atwood, Lisa Behnke, Maria Contreras-Hernandez, Kenya Harvey and Rich Lauria.

Finally we'd be remiss not to extend our gratitude to these generous groups and organizations that donated the following raffle prizes this year:

Buchbinder, Tunick & Co. LLP iPad
Daniel H. Cook Associates AirPods
Stacey Braun Associates Amazon Fire HD8
Mirkin & Gordon Four tickets to New York Knicks vs. Phoenix Suns (Dec. 17, 2018)
General Vision Services men's Nautica sunglasses and women's Etro sunglasses

As always, we greatly appreciate your generosity!

Below are a few photos from this year's FA holiday party; see others by college photographer Joan Wozniak on the SCCC Media website.

kevin peterman and ed eriksson
Burning up the dance floor were Josh Palmeri of Institutional Advancement and his wife Amanda.
FA President Kevin Peterman applauds retiree Ed Eriksson for winning our annual 50/50 raffle.
josh wolfson

guests enjoying the chocolate fountain

Josh Wolfson (Phys Ed) was the lucky winner of the Amazon Fire HD8, donated by Stacy Braun Associates.
FA members and guests enjoy the chocolate fountain at The Watermill. Shown above are, from left, Cherice Walker, Kathy Ehrhard and Laura Ciardullo.
FA members dancing
FA members love to dance! Perennial band Studio G
keeps the dance floor packed each year.
McCoy, Morelli, and DiGregorio all on their mobile phones
Caption this photo! From left are FA Grievance Officer Kevin McCoy, FA Executive Vice President Dante Morelli and FA Treasurer Pete DiGregorio.