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Friday, November 7, 2008

Gateway honors new members of its Hall of Fame



Three outstanding members of the Greater New Haven community will be honored at the Gateway Community College Foundation’s 11th Annual Hall of Fame Induction & Reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at Woodwinds, 29 Schoolground Road, Branford.

Carlton Highsmith, president & CEO of Specialized Packaging Group; William Ginsberg, president & CEO of the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven; and Allen Gales, public relations associate at Gateway Community College will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Highsmith, Distinguished Corporate honoree, founded Specialized Packaging Group in 1983 and the package design and engineering firm has grown to be the largest minority-owned manufacturer of paperboard packaging in North America with annual revenues of more than $150 million. The company ranks 32nd on Black Enterprise Magazine’s list of largest minority-owned firms in America, and is the largest minority-owned manufacturing company in Connecticut, employing more than 500 technicians, engineers and professionals at eight sites in the U. S. and Canada.
A strong advocate of community service, Highsmith’s affiliations include Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now, Advisory Board; Quinnipiac University Board of Trustees; Achievement First, Board of Directors; Amistad Academy, Board of Directors; Dixwell Ave Congregational Church, Board of Finance chairman; Yale University’s Jonathan Edwards College Associate Fellow; NewAlliance Bank, member of the Board of Directors member. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. including: MS Corporate Leadership Award, National Multiple Sclerosis Society; Black Engineer of the Year, US Black Engineer & IT Magazine; and state Martin Luther King Service Award.

Ginsberg, Distinguished Community honoree, devoted his career to community issues, working at local and national levels and in public and private sectors in community economic development, community banking, and community philanthropy. A graduate of Columbia Law School, he has served as president and CEO of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven for the past eight years. The Foundation is the largest charitable organization in its region with assets approaching $300 million.
Ginsberg served in the Clinton Administration and was nominated by Clinton and confirmed by the Senate in 1994 as Assistant Secretary for Economic Development in the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he was appointed chief of staff to the late Secretary of Commerce Ronald H. Brown. He was managing director and COO of the Federal Housing Finance Board, the federal regulatory agency for the twelve regional Federal Home Loan Banks, from 1997-2000.

Gales, Distinguished Alumnus, has been associated with Gateway for more than 30 years and actively engaged in the college from the beginning. Starting as a student at the former South Central Community College in the fall 1975, Gales was an active member of the Student Government Association, Men’s Basketball Team, and Chess Club; he participated in the Student Work-Study Program in the Library Media Center.
In 1979 Allen became Gateway’s coordinator of Central Duplicating and Photographic Service, and responsible for all in-house printing and photography. After earning his associate degree, he completed a certificate in Electronic Publishing and in 2001 was promoted to his current position, public relations associate for publications, where he is largely responsible for design and layout of college brochures, schedules, catalogs and print advertisements. Since 1990, Allen has been official clock operator and bookkeeper for Gateway’s men’s and women’s basketball teams. With his photography, he has chronicled Gateway’s major events. Additionally, Allen’s photographs have been showcased at community exhibits. In 2007 he obtained a bachelor’s degree from Charter Oak State College in Individualized Studies with a concentration in the field of Graphic Design and Photography.
Master of Ceremonies Keith Kountz, of News Channel 8, will emcee the festivities, made possible by lead sponsor NewAlliance Bank and generous support from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, AT&T, Specialized Packaging Group, Northland Investment Group, United Illuminating Co. This year’s event, co-chaired by Dr. Fred McKinney and Lindy Lee Gold, of the Gateway Community College Foundation Board, places special emphasis on Gateway’s Campus Consolidation Project that will bring the college to downtown in 2012.
Event proceeds support the mission of the College Foundation to raise and manage private funds to supplement state support by providing scholarships, professional development grants, equipment, program support and advocacy to ensure the success of all Gateway students.
The event includes a reception and silent auction, and the Induction Ceremony begins at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person and heavy hors d’oeuvres, pasta and carving stations and beer and wine are included. To buy tickets or for information e-mail sswirsky@gwcc.commnet.edu or call (203) 285-2322.

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