BIRMINGHAM, AL (PRWEB) August 10, 2016
The UNCF fundraising campaign in Birmingham is flying high with its 2017 campaign chair, Al Denson, president and CEO of Birmingham Airport Authority and graduate of UNCF-member Stillman College.
“It’s an honor to serve the mission of UNCF, and we are excited about continuing our partnership with the Birmingham community to invest in students and help them go to and through college,” Denson said. Denson along with the UNCF corporate chair and PNC regional president, Brian Bucher, and the other UNCF Leadership Council members, have already raised more than $400,000 of their $1 million goal for the year.
The Birmingham Airport Authority has been a strong supporter of the UNCF fundraising campaign for many years and hosted the 2017 UNCF Appreciation and Campaign Kick-off in June at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. Other major sponsors that have committed to the 2017 campaign include PNC Bank, Regions Bank, BBVA Compass and Mercedes-Benz U.S. International.
Last year’s annual UNCF fundraising campaign raised more than $891,000 in Alabama and Mississippi and over $360,000 at the annual Birmingham UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball. The 2017 UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball is scheduled for Saturday, February 25, 2017, at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex East Ballroom. “We are extremely grateful to the many people, companies, organizations, civic and community organizations, the faith community and volunteers for their support and can’t wait to celebrate another successful year for students,” said UNCF Area Development Director Cheri Wilson.
For more information about the local Birmingham office of UNCF or the Birmingham Mayor’s Masked Ball, please contact Wilson at 205.322.8623 X8620 or at cheri.wilson(at)uncf(dot)org.
To follow the work of UNCF Birmingham, visit UNCF.org/Birmingham.
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 UNCF.org or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.