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College Welcomes Guests Back to Campus for 30th Annual Food for Thought & All That Jazz


Dr. Moono, Ann Fleming Brown and Lynn Mannnin standing during reception

Food for Thought attendees in conversation

More than $85,000 was raised in support of students during the 30th Annual Food for Thought & All That Jazz on April 5, a fabulous evening of music and gourmet cuisine. This is the first time since 2019 that the College’s Foundation has held this special event on campus due to the pandemic. For the past three decades, proceeds from Food for Thought & All That Jazz have transformed the experiences of SUNY Schenectady students, from the addition of cutting-edge facilities including the new Learning Commons, to scholarship support and emergency funding that helps students to persist. 

Attendees outside auditorium

College staff standing outside auditorium smiling

This year’s milestone evening, presented by Community Bank, N.A., began with a 50-minute performance by the Jazz Ensemble, comprised of students in the School of Music, followed by hors d'oeuvres stations prepared by students in the School of Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism. A silent and online auction included a selection of beautiful student-produced works of art and a variety of other exciting packages. Honorary Chairs were Jamison Flora, Immediate Past Chair of the SUNY Schenectady Foundation Board of Directors, and his wife Sarah Flora.

Student percussionist performing on stage

Jazz Ensemble playing on stage'

Food on table

Dr. Christopher Brellochs and guest

Student chefs, Dr. Moono and faculty posing for photo in Van Curler Room

Dr. David Brough, Kim Otis, John O'Connell smiling in Van Curler Room

Auction in Lally Mohawk Room

Jamison and Sarah Flora

Dr. Moono smiling, speaking at podium in auditorium

Dr. Steady Moono, President of the College, reflected on the impact of once again welcoming guests back to campus for this exciting annual event that brings together generous donors, faculty, students, and friends of the College who support the College’s Foundation in expanding access for students to scholarships and special programs that empower them on their academic journeys.

"This was a wonderful evening, and we were overwhelmed by the show of support for the College, our wonderful students, our excellent academic programs and faculty, and the work of our Foundation, as we greeted guests on campus for the first time in two years to enjoy our very special Food for Thought & And All That Jazz signature event. The generosity of all of our donors, sponsors, and everyone in attendance will benefit our students in myriad ways as they work hard to achieve their goals."

Staff enjoying the evening

Dr. Peggy King and Ray Gillen, College Trustees

Dr. Moono, Lynn Manning and guests

Lynn Manning, Chair of the Foundation Board of Directors, noted how the SUNY Schenectady Foundation continues to grow and empower students.

“The work of the Foundation continues to be made possible by a community that truly cares about the futures of students at SUNY Schenectady,” she said. “Our scholarship program has grown since the 2019 capital campaign, and we are striving to continue that momentum. We remain focused on coming alongside the College to support initiatives that advance not only the programs and facilities, but opportunities for students.”