Third Annual UNCF “A Mind Is …” Hamptons Summer Benefit Draws New York Business Leaders to Support Students and Education

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Many of New York’s boldest names will put on their summer best and join UNCF (the United Negro College Fund) on August 23rd at the Third Annual “A Mind Is …” Hamptons Summer Benefit at the East Hampton Point Resort. The event, already a highlight of the Hamptons summer social calendar, has a serious purpose: supporting students and ensuring they receive the education they need to prepare them to become the leaders of the 21st century.

“School may be out, but that doesn’t mean we can stop working to get our young people to and through college. Attending the UNCF “A Mind Is …” Hamptons Summer Benefit is a critical investment in better futures for our young people that will pay dividends for all of us,” said Maurice Jenkins, senior vice president, UNCF. “That investment is the reason we are able to support more than 60,000 students each year through 13,000 scholarships under 400 programs at more than 900 colleges and universities across the country.”

The UNCF “A Mind Is …” Hamptons Summer Benefit is chaired by Former First Lady of New York State Michelle Page Paterson and Camille Clark. Co-chairs of the event are Valentino D. Carlotti, Troy Dixon, Dr. Gordon B. Anderson, Barbara North-Lightning, Jenna Bond, Dr. Gallane D. Abraham, Andwele J. Lewis, and Frederick E. Royall, III. The event is presented by the UNCF Leadership Council of New York.

A major highlight of the evening is to recognize longtime supporters for their investment in UNCF and the students it serves. This year, the UNCF Keeper of the Flame Award will be presented to Susan L. Taylor, founder of National CARES Mentoring Movement and editor-in-chief emeritus of Essence magazine, and Author, Playwright and Producer Khephra Burns.

Partners of the UNCF “A Mind Is …” Hamptons Summer Benefit are:

  •     East Hampton Point Resort;
  •     American Airlines;
  •     The Mohegan Tribe;
  •     Atlanta visual artist Sam D. Burston;
  •     Miss Jessie’s;
  •     COCOTIQUE;
  •     Uptown Ventures Group;
  •     Heritage Link Brands;
  •     Sylvia’s Restaurant.

Guests will be able to participate in a silent auction of unique gifts and packages generously provided by Benefit Partners, including an exclusive opportunity to have a special lunch with UNCF Honoree Susan L. Taylor.

Events such as the Hamptons Summer Benefit are a call to action. While a college education is more important than ever, it is becoming more difficult than ever to get. Students need financial support and strong academics, as well a college-going culture that enlists families, schools and communities to help them get to their destination. Supporting UNCF and events, such as the “A Mind Is …” Hamptons Summer Benefit, represent a new philanthropy that produces a social and financial return on investment that benefits students, their families and communities, and the nation.

For more information about the UNCF “A Mind Is …” Hamptons Summer Benefit or to RSVP, please call UNCF at (212) 820-0140 or visit

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 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. For more information, visit


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