UNCF hosts 2016 "A Mind Is..." Gala March 3 in New York honoring Joel Klein, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Fund II Foundation

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The United Negro College Fund hosts its 72nd anniversary "A Mind Is..." Gala March 3 at the Grand Hyatt New York, honoring Joel Klein, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Fund II Foundation for their efforts to advance education.

Many of New York’s boldest names will put on their black-tie best and join UNCF Thursday, March 3, at the 72nd anniversary “A Mind Is …” Gala at the Grand Hyatt New York. The gala will raise funds to support UNCF’s 37 member historically black colleges and universities and more than 400 scholarship, internship and fellowship programs.

The 2016 UNCF “A Mind Is…” Gala will continue 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. UNCF will present the Frederick D. Patterson Award to Fund II Foundation, a new UNCF partner, for its major investments into scholarships for African American students, including the Fund II Foundation UNCF STEM Scholars Program. The UNCF President’s Award will be presented to Joel Klein, chief policy and strategy officer of Oscar Health Insurance Corp. and former New York City schools chancellor. The Shirley Chisholm Award for Community Service will be presented to the Rev. Al Sharpton, the noted civil rights activist.


WHAT: 2016 UNCF “A Mind Is …” Gala
             Honorees: Fund II Foundation, Joel Klein and the Rev. Al Sharpton
             Gala Chair: John K. Martin, Chairman and CEO of Turner Broadcasting System
             Mistress of Ceremonies: Michaela Pereira, co-host of CNN’s “New Day”
             Student performer: Jumohny Walker, Virginia Union University, Class of 2016

WHEN: Thursday, March 3, 2016
             6 p.m. Reception
             7 p.m. Dinner

WHERE: Grand Hyatt New York
                109 E. 42nd St. at Grand Central Terminal
                 New York, NY 10017

INFO: For tickets or additional on the gala, contact the UNCF office at 212.820.0140 or e-mail uncf@pepnyc.com. Also visit UNCF.org for continuous updates and news and follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.

MEDIA CONTACT: Ashlei Stevens, UNCF Communications, astevens(at)uncf(dot)org; 202.810.0226

Follow the gala on Twitter: @uncf #AMIGALA


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 nearly 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF awards more than $100 million in scholarships annually and 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 more than 1,100 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, or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.

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