UNCF New York to host Virtual “A Mind Is…” Gala Supporting HBCUs and Students
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Delivering impact to both HBCUs and their students, the fundraising event will honor those who are helping to advance educational opportunities for young people of color
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New York, N.Y., Feb. 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The annual UNCF “A Mind Is…” New York Gala is moving online this year, set for 7 p.m., Thursday, March 4. The virtual fundraising event will feature select speakers, awards presentations, music by Infinity Song—a band on the rise, special guest appearances and a closing performance by Grammy® Award-nominated singer, Kenny Lattimore. Proceeds will benefit talented and deserving students across New York and the United States who lack the financial support to get to and through college, as well as UNCF’s 37 member historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
This year’s honorees, who are being recognized for helping to advance educational opportunities for African Americans, include Thasunda Brown Duckett, CEO, Chase Consumer Banking, who will be presented the Leadership Award; PepsiCo, which will be presented the Corporate Partner Award; and Dennis M. Walcott, president and CEO, Queens Public Library, who will be presented the Shirley Chisholm Award for Community Service.
The UNCF “A Mind Is…” New York Gala is open to the public. Corporations can participate as sponsors and individuals at various giving levels. “We want to ensure that anyone who wants to be a part of this celebration and make a difference in the life a young person can do so at a level that is meaningful to them,” said Diego Aviles, vice president of development, UNCF.
HBCU alumna, Michelle Miller, co-host of “CBS This Morning: Saturday,” will join as the host for the evening. Miller is an esteemed graduate of Howard University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
Current sponsors of the upcoming gala include presenting sponsor, JPMorgan Chase; and gold sponsors, American Express, Bloomberg Philanthropies, BNY Mellon, Citi, Colgate-Palmolive Company, PepsiCo and Taylor.
“For more than 76 years, UNCF has fueled HBCUs with vital resources to educate generations of African American and other minority students,” said Dr. Michael L. Lomax, UNCF president and CEO. “During an unprecedented time in our history compounded by COVID-19 and racial disparities, our students and institutions are faced with enormous challenges. We are at risk of washing away a generation of talented and deserving African American and minority students. We need as many donations as possible right now because the students we help today will be our next generation of doctors, nurses, biologists, virologists, epidemiologists—the pandemic frontliners of the future. We invite everyone in the New York area to join our virtual “A Mind Is…” Gala to help ensure better futures for us all.”
About UNCF UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, supports and strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically Black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding nearly 20% of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized trademark, ‟A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at UNCF.org or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.
Monique LeNoir United Negro College Fund, Inc. (UNCF) 202-810-0231 email@example.comSource: United Negro College Fund, Inc. (UNCF)
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