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MCC Celebrity Forum will feature Kal Penn

The Middlesex Community College Foundation will present the Fall 2022 Celebrity Forum, featuring Kal Penn – actor, author and former Associate Director of the White House. The fundraising event will take place on Wednesday, December 14 at Cary Hall in Lexington.

Proceeds from the event provide scholarship support for Middlesex students. A donors’ reception will kick off the event at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the 8 p.m. conversation between Penn and MCC President Phil Sisson.

“I can’t wait to sit down and engage in conversation with Kal Penn about his illustrious career in both the performing arts and in politics,” Sisson said. “After reading his book ‘You Can’t Be Serious’, I became fascinated by his personal journey and believe he has a wonderful story to share with the MCC community. The Celebrity Forum helps Middlesex and the Foundation MCC to fulfill their shared mission of providing equitable and accessible education to so many students who otherwise would not be able to afford tuition. It is an honor to bring this 20+ year community tradition at historic Cary Hall in Lexington and celebrate an evening of culture, entertainment and philanthropy.

The MCC hosted its first Celebrity Forum since the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring, featuring singer and actress Darlene Love. This fall’s event with Penn is the first to be held in Lexington.

“The work of the MCC Foundation enables the college to enrich the lives of students whose access to education has a great impact, and those of the community members who thrive through educational and cultural enrichment,” said said Judy Burke, MCC’s executive director of institutions. advancement. “There has never been a more important time to learn, grow and come together as a community, in the name of supporting student success. We are thrilled to be able to expand our event to the Lexington area and welcome phenomenal talent to the stage at Kal Penn.

Penn is known for starring roles in “Designated Survivor,” “House,” “The Namesake,” the “Harold & Kumar” franchise, and the patriotic immigration sitcom “Sunnyside.” He recently wrapped production on the CBS drama “Clarice” and Freeform’s late-night youth campaign format show “Kal Penn Approves This Message.” Penn currently stars in the Disney Junior animated series “Mira, Royal Detective,” Nickelodeon’s “It’s Pony,” and the Food Network’s “Money Hungry” cooking competition series.

From 2009 to 2011, Penn served as the President’s liaison in the Obama/Biden administration to young Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and the arts community. He was national co-chair of the Obama/Biden re-election campaign in 2012 and was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Penn’s first book, “You Can’t Be Serious,” was released November 2, 2021, by Simon and Schuster/Gallery Books.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, visit or contact Dean of Advancement Sherri McCormack at 978-656-3034 or To purchase tickets, contact Cary Hall at 781-862-0500.