Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 21, 2014
Grammy-winning artists Jill Scott, the Isley Brothers and Tye Tribbett will be joined by Alice Smith, Sevyn Streeter, August Alsina and Spoken Reasons to perform at the 35th annual UNCF An Evening of Stars. Actor-comedian Anthony Anderson returns to host the show for the second consecutive year. Last week, UNCF announced the 35th taping of UNCF An Evening of Stars® would take place in its new home at the Atlanta Civic Center on April 6, 2014.
UNCF President and CEO Dr. Michael L. Lomax was pleased to announce the return of Anderson and the show’s new location. “There is no better home for this iconic evening of entertainment than Atlanta,” said Lomax. “I want to personally thank Anthony and encourage all Atlantans to join us for the incredible show planned to raise much needed funds to invest in better futures for young people across the country.”
Tickets go on sale beginning today, Thursday, March 20 at Ticketmaster.com. For information regarding VIP ticket packages, visit uncf.org/aeos. UNCF An Evening of Stars® will air nationally on BET, Sunday, April 13 at 10p/9c. The show will also air in syndication on May 31 and June 1 (check local listings for dates and times).
This year's show is made possible by national sponsors McDonald’s, Wells Fargo, and Target, which also serves as the “Rising Stars” scholarship sponsor. Buick is as an official sponsor and the City of Atlanta and Clear Channel serve as the city and media sponsor, respectively.
For more than 100 years, Atlanta has been the cradle of African American education, and is known as the center of African American business and entertainment. The city, and state of Georgia, has been a major hub of UNCF’s work as four of the organization’s member colleges and universities are in Atlanta, and one in Augusta. UNCF awards more than 700 scholarships worth over $6.8 million to students in Atlanta, who attend both HBCU’s and other institutions including Georgia State University, Emory University and Georgia Tech.
About UNCF An Evening of Stars®
UNCF An Evening of Stars®, formerly the Lou Rawls Parade of Stars®, first aired in 1979, and since that time has become one of the longest-running and most successful televised events in U.S. history. Over its 35-year history, UNCF An Evening of Stars® has raised more than $200 million that has helped hundreds of thousands of students attend college and graduate. In recent years, UNCF An Evening Of Stars® has featured a who's who of remarkable talent, including Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Chaka Khan, Ne-Yo, Nancy Wilson, Beyoncé, Anita Baker, Jill Scott, Whoopi Goldberg, Fantasia, Joss Stone, Jennifer Hudson, Michael Bolton, Natalie Cole, Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, Hall and Oates, Ziggy Marley, Maroon 5, and scores of others. UNCF An Evening of Stars® received NAACP Image Awards for its 2006 tribute to Stevie Wonder, its 2008 tribute to Smokey Robinson and its 2010 tribute to Lionel Richie.
Learn more about UNCF An Evening of Stars® at http://www.UNCF.org.
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 and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 20 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. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste."® Learn more at UNCF.org.