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Bridging Our Communities – Hempstead for Hofstra/Hofstra for Hempstead Dinner

The 42nd Annual Hempstead for Hofstra/Hofstra for Hempstead Scholarship Dinner, which raises money to help Hempstead High School students attend Hofstra University, will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Dining Room of the Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, North Campus. Dress is black tie optional.

Forty-two years ago, a dedicated and caring group of volunteers met for the first time to raise scholarship funds to make it possible for deserving students from Hempstead High School to attend Hofstra University. Since its founding, hundreds of young men and women have benefited from these scholarships. The Hempstead for Hofstra/Hofstra for Hempstead Committee also strengthens the bond between the Village of Hempstead and Hofstra University with the annual presentation of the prestigious Unispan Award to individuals whose professional or personal lives have enriched the Hempstead community. The award, named for the original pedestrian bridge over Hempstead Turnpike that unites Hofstra’s north and south campuses, symbolizes the close ties between the University and the Village of Hempstead.

This year’s Unispan Award recipients are:

  • Harry Jacobs – President, DJJ Technologies
  • Reverend Phillip B. McDowell – Pastor, South Hempstead Baptist Church
  • Ruth M. Roberson – Recreation Attendant, Department of Parks and Recreation, Village of Hempstead
  • Gladys Serrano, LCSW – Chief Executive Officer, Hispanic Counseling Center
  • Steven R. Wilson, Jr. – Detective, Hempstead Police Department

Additionally, George Sandas, Chair, Hempstead for Hofstra/Hofstra for Hempstead Committee & Superintendent of Parks and Recreation, Village of Hempstead, will receive the second annual Tyree Curry Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes an individual for exceptional contributions, distinguished service and spirit of volunteerism within the Hempstead community.

Tickets are $125 per person. Ticket and sponsorship packages are also available. To make your reservations and other purchases online, please visit, or contact Stephanie Adomavicius, special events coordinator, at 516-463-5284 or


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