November 5, 2015

For immediate release, Oct. 29, 2015
Contact: Esther Watstein 203-332-5226 or
Christopher Carollo 203-332-5078

Comedian Wayne Cotter Performs at Housatonic Community College Benefit

Alumni Hall of Fame Gala Supports HCC Students

Wayne Cotter

Talk Show favorite Wayne Cotter will be the star attraction at the 7th annual Housatonic Community College Alumni Hall of Fame Gala. The event takes place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, in the Beacon Hall Events Center on the HCC campus.

Cotter appeared numerous times on both the David Letterman and Jay Leno TV shows.  He was host of the Fox Television series “Comic Strip Live” and of Discovery Channel’s “Amazing America.” Cotter studied electrical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and began a career in computers before acknowledging his love of, and obvious talents in, comedy and becoming a nationally recognized stand-up comic.

Dawn Hatchett, 1993 HCC graduate, has been elected to the 2015 HCC Alumni Hall of Fame. Hatchett is executive vice president and COO of LifeBridge Community Service in Bridgeport, formerly Family Services Woodfield.

Like Cotter, Hatchet planned on a different career when she thought about her future and seemed headed towards business management, but her concerns for others and extensive volunteer activities led her to a career in Human Services.

Dawn Hatchett
Hatchett enrolled in HCC in the early ‘90s in the Mental Health certificate program. As part of the program, she served as an intern with FSW which further convinced her that her calling was in human service.  Continuing her education, Hatchett earned an Associate Degree from HCC, completed an accelerated BS Degree in Human Services from Springfield College, an MSW degree from Southern Connecticut State University and became a licensed LMSW.

The Alumni Hall of Fame Gala is presented by the Housatonic Community College Foundation to generate funding for student scholarships, and to assist the college beyond the fundamentals provided by the state. For more information about tickets and sponsorship for the Gala contact Christopher Carollo, 203-332-5078.