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118818Middlesex by the Numbers$368,625in Scholarships awarded to203 studentsBesides offering a wonderful time, proceeds from this fundraising event helped the Foundation continue its mission to support deserving students through greatly needed scholarships.DevelopmentFoundation Hosts First Casino Night FundraiserThe College Foundation held its first Casino Night - an enjoyable evening of make-believe gambling - as more than 100 friends of the College were able to experience fun in the risk-free casino atmosphere that included fake chips used to "gamble" to win tickets for terrific prizes and prize packages.Prizes ranged from a big screen television, a free casino night for 30 hosted in the winner's home by the casino company, a Kindle reader, and much more. Those vying for tickets to win prizes tried their luck at Black Jack tables, a roulette table, craps, and more.

Shari GarretsonShari Garretson and her husband came to a realization a few years ago: they couldn't ever retire."That's okay if you're doing something you like," she said. Shari had worked as an actress and in journalism: while she enjoyed both, neither was a secure career. With the financial crash of 2008 and with the number of journalism jobs contracting, she knew she needed a new focus."I had to regroup and think about what I was going to do with the latter part of my life," she said. "Something I like that will pay the bills."She did some research and discovered that speech pathology was both a rewarding and interesting career, plus it paid well and was secure.She already has a bachelor's degree, and is taking classes at MCC that she needs for graduate school admission."There were some missing parts of my first degree - particularly in math and science. They told me I'd need to make them up. But they said, 'Don't even think about coming here to do it - it's too expensive. By all means, go to a community college.' And Middlesex was a natural."Shari has immersed herself in campus life, joining four clubs and starting one."I thought, 'I'm going back to school for the first time in 35 years, I'm going to have some fun,'" she said. So she joined the Radio Club; Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges; Democracy House, the service-learning organization active in community service; and the Better Than Ever Club, an organization for adult students. She always wanted to learn to meditate, so she founded the Meditation Club.Paul Lazaro '11The road to his degree was a bit longer for Paul Lazaro than for most students, but that's because it involved a detour of 6,000 miles. Twice. A member of the Army National Guard, Paul served two tours in Iraq while completing his degree."At first, I chose MCC because it was convenient," he said. "The reason I chose it when I came back from my deployment is because I found it to be a great environment to learn in. I was challenged and I was also helped along the way. The professors were absolutely great - very knowledgeable in their field and willing to work with me inside and outside the classroom."He became editor-in-chief of "Quo Vadis," the student newspaper, and also president of the Veterans and Servicemembers Association, which organized service projects such as visiting older veterans at the Menlo Park Veterans Home and the Lyons VA Medical Center."MCC has always been very welcoming to student veterans," Paul says. "I also found all the services very easy to access and very friendly to students." Profiles