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RCC Events in support of student veterans and Rockland County Homes-for Heroes

RCC Events in support of student veterans and Rockland County Homes-for Heroes

Pasta Dinner Fundraiser - Sunday, April 7, 2019

Pasta Dinner Fundraiser hosted by Leo Laders American Legion and Obstacle Course/Fun Run

DATE: March 22, 2019

Rockland County, NY – The third annual Rockland Community College Run the Rock Obstacle Course and Fun Run will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 8:30 am – 3 pm at RCC’s Fieldhouse Arena on the main campus in Suffern. Run the Rock features professionally designed obstacles over a 5K (3.1-mile) course, which include climbing walls, high bars, monkey bars, low crawls and other challenging impediments. The course is open to anyone age 14 or above and the entry fee is $35 if registered before May 31. RCC students and staff pay $25. After May 31, the fee is $45. Registered entrants for the race receive a commemorative T-shirt and participant medal, and the family-friendly event also features free activities for all ages, including a bounce house and face painting.

A pre-event Pasta Dinner fundraiser will be hosted by the Leo Laders American Legion on Sunday, April 7, 2019. The Pasta Dinner will be held from 3 pm – 7 pm at 130 American Legion Way, Thiells, NY. A donation of $15 ($13 for veterans and seniors) will include a choice of homemade manicotti or spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, soda, tea or coffee and homemade dessert. Take-out orders are welcome!

All proceeds from both the fundraiser and the race support programs for student veterans at RCC and Rockland Homes for Heroes. The RCC Veterans Affairs office is a resource for student veterans, providing services including academic counseling and resource identification. RCC has been designated “Best for Vets” and a “Military Friendly College”, and is the first community college in New York to open a chapter of SALUTE, the veterans’ national honor society. RCC currently serves student veterans representing all branches of the United States Military.

“The idea behind Run the Rock was to have an umbrella fundraiser for veterans groups in the county,” said Jonathan Barnwell, RCC's Coordinator of Veterans Affairs and founder of Run the Rock. “The more successful we are, the more we can help other veterans groups. As the saying goes, 'A rising tide lifts all boats.'”

Rockland Homes for Heroes is a nonprofit that develops permanent supportive housing for honorably discharged veterans who are homeless, disabled, or at risk of homelessness. Eight formerly homeless veterans now reside in garden apartments in the development, located at the former Camp Shanks WWII military base in Tappan. New apartments are planned for the second phase of the project.

“Fundraising programs like Run the Rock connect us with the larger community to provide much needed, and well-deserved, support for our student veterans and veterans groups in our region. We take pride in the efforts of our Veterans Affairs Department and the Rockland Community College Foundation to raise awareness and resources through engaging events like these,” commented Dr. Michael A. Baston, president of RCC.

All proceeds from Run the Rock events are managed by the Rockland Community College Foundation, a 510(c)3 charitable organization and will be distributed to RCC’s Veterans Affairs and Rockland Homes of Heroes to support their work with veterans.

For more information or to register for the run, go to For more information about the Pasta Dinner, please call 845-429-2112.

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Susan Lyddon, VP of Institutional Advancement
845-574-4595 or 347-840-1247