The County College of Morris Foundation Scholarship Gala, to be held April 25 at the Hyatt-Morristown, will honor an entertainment-industry pioneer, Morris County’s Clerk and a slate of distinguished alumni.
A. Dale “Bud” Mayo, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Digital Cinema Destinations Corporation, will receive the Foundation’s Leadership Award in recognition of his business success as well as his service to the community. Mayo is the founding donor of the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown.
Ann F. Grossi, Esq., a Parsippany, NJ attorney, former Morris County Freeholder and currently Morris County Clerk, will receive the Foundation’s Alumna of the Year award.
Previously, Mayo was chairman, president and CEO of Cinedigm, Inc., and, before that, founder, chairman and CEO of Clearview Cinema Group, the largest independent theatre circuit in the New York metropolitan area. He is a member of the Motion Picture Exhibition Hall of Fame. He also has had a decades-long involvement in the performing arts in New Jersey, serving as a board member and chairman of the John Harms Center (the predecessor of Bergen PAC) as well a board member, president and chairman of the Community Theater in Morristown.
Grossi served from 2006 to 2010 as a Parsippany councilwoman, council president and vice president. As Freeholder, she served as chair of the Budget Subcommittee, commissioner of the Insurance Commission; liaison to the Department of Planning/Development, the Department of Finance/Administration, the Municipal Utilities Authority, the Department of Health/Human Services and the Morris County Economic Development Corp. She has also served as a trustee to the New Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, the Picatinny Arsenal Incubator Center and the Morris County Board of School Estimate.
“We are honored to be recognizing two individuals whose work and dedication have contributed so much to Morris County,” said Joseph Vitale, president of the CCM Foundation. “Bud Mayo has been a great friend of the arts and a tireless and visionary leader whose efforts have resulted in an outstanding home for the performing arts in Morristown. Ms. Grossi has served the county as a distinguished attorney, as Freeholder and now in her current capacity as County Clerk. We’re proud she got her start at CCM.”
In addition to Grossi ’71, CCM Alumni Award winners include David B. Murray ’78 of Scotch Plains, NJ, who will receive the Alumni Achievement Award; Jessica K. Leone ’02 of Denville, NJ, who will receive the Alumni Service Award; and Michael D. O’Donnell ’77 of New Berlin, WI, who will receive the Alumni Humanitarian Award.
The event, which begins with cocktails at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and program at 7:30 p.m., features dining, dancing, a silent auction and a performance by CCM’s Performing Arts students. The gala raises funds for the college’s scholarships and programs.