Angie Stone To Headline "A Mind Is..." Gala in Chicago

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UNCF’s Chicago Area Office will host its annual “A Mind Is . . .” Gala on Saturday, June 25, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

UNCF’s Chicago Area Office will host its annual “A Mind Is . . .” Gala on Saturday, June 25, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Emceed by Terrell Brown, morning anchor at ABC 7 Eyewitness News, the event brings together more than 400 business, civic and education leaders in support of UNCF’s work in providing Chicago students the resources to get to and through college. Dr. Michael L. Lomax, UNCF’s president and CEO, will also attend.

Three-time Grammy®-nominated recording artist Angie Stone will provide entertainment for this signature fundraising event. She is known for hits such as “No More Rain (in this Cloud),” “Brotha” and “Wish I Didn’t Miss You,” the legendary R&B songstress has a career that spans decades.

“We are elated to have UNCF friend and supporter Angie Stone provide entertainment this year. We are guaranteed an exhilarating evening in Chicago, as we bring supporters and stakeholders together to Invest in Better Futures®,” said Lomax.

The event will be chaired by Tyronne Stoudemire, Vice President of Global Diversity and Inclusion for Hyatt Corp. David Casper, President and CEO of BMO Harris Bank, will receive the Harold H. Hines, Jr. Benefactor’s Award. The “A Mind Is” Award for dedication to and support of UNCF’s work will be given to Deirdre C. Drake, Senior Vice President, U.S. Cellular; Gary and Denise Gardner of the Gary and Denise Gardner Family Foundation; Quintin E. Primo, III, CEO of Capri Investment Group; and Diane Primo, Founder and Chairman, Intralink Global. This year’s sponsors include BMO Harris Bank, Hyatt Corp. and ITW.

“We’re proud to support UNCF and its mission to provide equal access to higher education for all,” said Stoudemire. “At the Hyatt Corporation, we care about our communities and thus are unwavering in our commitment in investing in better futures. Partnering with organizations such as UNCF allows us to provide the resources for the next generation to be the best version of themselves. “

The event will feature a VIP reception hosted by LeeAnn Trotter, a reporter at NBC 5; a live auction; student testimonials; and elegant dinner and dancing. Additional entertainment will be provided by hometown favorites Terisa Griffin and Ashton and Ryan Clark, accompanied by Elizabeth Norman Sojourner.

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UNCF (the 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, supports and 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 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 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 or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.

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