HCST Foundation Gala Inspires Giving from Local Big Brothers Big Sisters Leader

December 17, 2015 (North Bergen, N.J.) – Carlos Lejnieks, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson and Union Counties, gifted HCST students with fifty pairs of Panasonic Sound Rush headsets, announced Linda J. Quentzel, Executive
Director of the HCST Foundation.

Mr. Lejnieks attended the annual HCST Foundation Gala this November where he was introduced to the passion and talent of the district’s students. In the spirit of giving, he was moved to pass along this donation to our students on behalf of his organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters.

The headphones, which are valued at over $50 each, were distributed by population to HCST schools County Prep High School, High Tech High School, Explore 2000 Middle School and KAS Prep High School.

Daniel Gans, President of the HCST Foundation, was grateful of Mr. Lejnieks’ donation: “Our mission at the Foundation is ostensibly one of giving back, and this [donation] allows us to execute that part of our vision more directly.”

Frank J. Gargiulo, HCST district Superintendent said, “We are very appreciative of this gesture from the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. Our students come from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds and these headphones might make someone’s holiday. I’m sure the students will be appreciative, too.”

HCST Foundation Executive Director Linda J. Quentzel adds, “Mr. Lejnieks’ donation was a big-hearted and timely endeavor. We appreciate his support, and are proud that his organization would find our institution and our mission so motivating.”

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