McMullen Receives Philanthropy Award From Essex County College

On October 7, CFT’s own Karen McMullen, Senior Vice President, was recognized for her outstanding service to Essex County College (ECC).  Several family members, friends, co-workers and colleagues were on hand when Dr. Gale E. Gibson presented Karen with the award.  The following is an excerpt of Dr. Gibson’s presentation comments:

Karen ECC Award(Karen McMullen and Dr. Gale E. Gibson)

“Karen has been close to Essex County College since she was a youngster. She is Newark-born and raised and attended Arts High School. Her first job was also in Newark at National Newark and Essex Bank, which eventually became PNC. She has often thought it very ironic that she was the Newark gal, yet her late husband, Frank McMullen, was the one who ended up becoming a Trustee of the College and being Mr. Newark and Mr. ECC in the family. Frank first joined the board around 1990, and after he passed away, the College awarded him an honorary doctorate posthumously. Those of you who were here today playing tennis know, the tennis tournament is named after Frank McMullen.

Karen became involved with the College most directly around 2001. Zach asked her to consider joining the Foundation board, and who can say no to Zach, so she said yes. The rest, as they say, is history.

Karen has been a very active and committed board member, encouraging her friends and associates to contribute the Foundation, which is the private fundraising arm of the College. There have been special events such as wine tastings and art sales as well as annual general appeals and grants from bank foundations with which Karen has a relationship;. If you go to Karen and say, you know, we have this need, she immediately puts on her creative hat and starts linking you with potential contacts to help you connect the a need of the students or the College to a potential individual, corporation, or foundation.

Karen doesn’t pontificate and throw out ideas and then sits on her hands. She is a doer and connecter.

A number of you here this evening, have been to many of our functions and have made major gifts to the Foundation because Karen asked you to give, and on behalf of all the students, faculty and programs that have benefitted, please accept my heartfelt and deepest thanks.”

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