10/22, Stars of New York’s Criminal Justice World Collide for College and Community Fellowship’s 15th Anniversary Gala

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Contact: Liz Holliday, CCF Communications Associate, 646-380-7783; eholliday@collegeandcommunity.org

Non-profit that helps formerly incarcerated women achieve a higher education will honor its Founder, Barbara Martinsons, and the Ford Foundation

Event hosted by FOX 5’s Lisa Evers, with performances by award-winning former BET host Byronn Bain and CCF’s own Theater for Social Change

(NEW YORK, October 16th, 2015)—College and Community Fellowship (http://www.collegeandcommunity.org) will host its 15th Anniversary Benefit Gala, 15 years of Education and Innovation,” at Tribeca 360 in New York City on October 22nd at 6PM.

This year, CCF will present awards to two honorees: Barbara Martinsons, who created CCF in 2000 after seeing a need for educational support for formerly incarcerated women once they have reentered society; and the Ford Foundation, whose goal is to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation and advance human achievement.

The night will be hosted by Celebrity Emcee Lisa Evers, of FOX 5 News and host of Hot 97’s Street Soldiers, and promises to be a who’s who of New York’s Criminal Justice world with elected officials, philanthropists, advocates, and socialites expected in attendance.

Special performances include prison activist, spoken word poet, hip-hop artist, and former host of BET’s award-winning talk show “My Two Cents” Bryonn Bain, and CCF’s own Theater for Social Change, a theater ensemble comprised of CCF Alumnae who write and perform original material based upon the group’s personal experiences with the criminal justice system.

As Honorary Chair for the Gala, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry has offered a video pledge of support for the event. President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice Jeremy Travis, famed journalist and activist Gloria Steinem, and National Director at Black Youth Project Charlene Carruthers will act as CCF’s Honorary Gala Committee.

“When I joined CCF as a student 15 years ago, I never imagined that in 2015 we would be doing such influential work,” said CCF’s Executive Director Vivian Nixon, herself a CCF alumna. “For the thousands of women coming home from prison every year, CCF is the only organization moving past short-term solutions to long-term change. We understand the unique struggles being a woman brings to reentry, and serve to show how achieving a higher education can help. This year’s Gala is all about celebrating what you can achieve when you put education at the center of reentry.”

 General admission tickets ($250) are still available here.

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College and Community Fellowship (CCF) is a community-based organization founded in 2000 that is dedicated to helping formerly incarcerated women earn their college degrees as a path to self-sufficiency and economic stability. CCF places education at the center of sustainable reentry efforts, working with formerly criminal justice involved students until they have completed their degrees. It provides academic support, social coaching, career development, and helps justice-involved women navigate higher education while also supporting them through the reentry process. To date, CCF has helped formerly incarcerated students earn more than 300 degrees.

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