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::BE NYC:: UNCF ANNUAL “A MIND IS” GALA

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UNCF (United Negro College Fund), the nation’s largest education organization and national advocate for education reform, was joined by over 1,000 educators, business and civic leaders, and supporters of education from across the country on March 7 at its annual UNCF “A Mind Is” Gala at the Hilton New York.The event, hosted by WNBC/New York anchor David Ushery, raised funds to benefit more than 60,000 students who receive UNCF scholarships and attend UNCF’s 38 member historically black colleges and universities and more than 900 colleges and universities across the country.

In addition to electrifying performances by Tony Award winner and longtime UNCF supporter Jennifer Holliday, presidents from UNCF’s 38 member institutions were honored for their work and the partnership these institutions have with UNCF ensuring that HBCU’s remain a cornerstone of UNCF’s mission to increase the number of qualified African American college graduates who are ready to become tomorrow’s leaders. The UNCF “A Mind Is” Gala also continued its tradition of honoring noted civic, education, and business leaders for their game changing advocacy on behalf of education through partnerships with UNCF and their own work.

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 The gala gave supporters an opportunity to contribute to UNCF’s Campaign for Emergency Student Aid (CESA.)  Created in 2009, CESA provides scholarships that aid students facing financial shortfalls that threaten their ability to stay in college and graduate.  Since its founding in 1944, UNCF has raised more than $3.6 billion and helped more than 400,000 students secure college degrees.  Each year, in addition to supporting its member institutions and their students, UNCF awards more than 13,000 scholarships and advocates for the right of low income and minority students to receive a good education from preschool through college graduation.

The UNCF “A Mind Is” Gala was co-chaired by Ian M. Cook, chairman and CEO, Colgate-Palmolive Company, and David Sable, global chief executive officer, Young & Rubicam, and UNCF board member.

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