This past Tuesday, the College of Staten Island hosted a heartwarming Adopt a Bench dedication event to celebrate the generosity and devotion of its inaugural Adopt a Bench campaign donors.The festivities included the unveiling of four Solar Power-Doks and ten new benches with personalized plaques in memory of loved ones, or showcasing favorite quotations. The event was held on behalf of the College of Staten Island Foundation, which is leading the campaign, as well as College President Dr. William J. Fritz.
At the event, Dr. Fritz acknowledged that the Adopt a Bench campaign is a powerful way for community leaders to demonstrate their support for the beautification of the College’s 204-acre campus and CSI’s greatest needs. He also announced that benches are available for sponsorship along The Willowbrook Mile, which honors the history and legacy of the former Willowbrook State School. In addition, Jay Chazanoff, ‘65, Chair of the Adopt a Bench committee, underscored his commitment to the campaign and the College of Staten Island. Stressing the urgent need for campus resources, Mr. Chazanoff called upon other people who are connected to the College to step up and provide their support.
A total of ten benches were unveiled at Tuesday’s dedication. It is hoped that these benches will serve as a catalyst for further engagement with community members, businesses, and organizations in an effort to expand the campaign’s mission. Also unveiled outside the Campus Center were four Solar Power-Doks, state-of-the-art solar-powered charging stations and WiFi hotspots that complement the CSI campus, providing a place for students and other members of the campus community to recharge electronic devices while they meet, study, or relax.
For more information on the Adopt a Bench Campaign, contact Jennifer Lynch in the Division of Institutional Advancement at 718.982.2293.