PARAMUS, N.J. – A capacity crowd of 300 participants put their best feet forward at the sixth annual Bergen Community College Hero 5K, raising nearly $15,000 for student veterans enrolled at the institution.
The Nov. 7 fundraiser organized by the College’s wellness and exercise science department and veterans committee returned to the 167-acre main campus after a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For the first time, and as part of the College’s new “Be Well Bergen” health and wellness initiative, a group of faculty and staff walked the 5K alongside Bergen President Eric M. Friedman. Recently reelected Bergen County Board of Commissioners members Steven A. Tanelli and Tracy Silna Zur greeted participants as well. Funds raised benefit the College’s student veterans emergency fund.
Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (www.bergen.edu), a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 13,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.