UNCF's State of Education Luncheon to be Hosted by Mayor Michael B. Coleman

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UNCF (the United Negro College Fund), the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization, is proud to announce that Mayor Michael B. Coleman will host the second annual UNCF Mayor’s Luncheon on Friday, February 7, 2014. The event will take place at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown (check-in, 11:30 a.m.). The luncheon will bring together more than 400 business, civic and education leaders to raise more than $70,000 in support of UNCF’s work to create a college ready culture that provides students with the support they need to get to and through college.

“While a college education is more important than ever in today’s economy, too many of our young people are not academically or financially prepared for post-secondary education. UNCF works to ensure our future leaders have the opportunity to obtain the college degrees they need, and our nation needs them to have,” said Maurice Jenkins, UNCF President and CEO. “Investing in our students’ futures will pay dividends for all of us as they become our next generation of leaders.”

“It is my pleasure to host this luncheon celebrating UNCF’s local work and positive impact on education in Columbus,” said Mayor Michael B. Coleman. “Education is key to our economic growth. We must continue to work to increase positive education outcomes in our city and ensure that students who are willing to work hard are prepared to succeed in college and beyond.”

In addition to remarks by Mayor Michael Coleman, the program will also include remarks from U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty, a testimonial from UNCF scholarship recipient Asaud Frazier, and a presentation of the UNCF Torch Bearer Award to Nicholas Akins, president and CEO, American Electric in recognition of the company’s longtime support of UNCF in Columbus.

“UNCF has had a strong and long standing relationship with the Mayor’s office. We are thankful to Mayor Coleman for his continued support and for his participation in this luncheon,” said Natalie Coles, area development director, UNCF. “Investing in the advancement of minority higher-education benefits our local communities, therefore it is imperative that we come together to help deserving students get to and through college.”

The UNCF Mayor’s Luncheon is presented by AT&T, Honda of America, L Brands, Mount Carmel Health Systems, Farmers Insurance and Columbia Gas. For more information on the luncheon, please contact the UNCF office: (614) 221-5309 or via email at: natalie.coles(at)uncf(dot)org.

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, strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 21 percent 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 900 colleges and universities across the country. Learn more at http://www.UNCF.org. Donations can be sent to UNCF’s Columbus office: 341 South Third Street Suite 203 Columbus, OH 43215.


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