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A wine tasting fundraiser sponsored by Whole Foods Market, Heritage Link and Harlem Shake; Helping deserving area students get to and through college

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It’s time to unwind for a great cause- education. Join UNCF for a wine tasting fundraiser helping deserving New York students get to and through college. Sponsored by Whole Foods Market, Heritage Link and Harlem Shake, the event will take place on February 22nd from 6:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Harlem Shake also serves as the venue location.

“It is vitally important to cultivate partnerships that help build the community, said Fred Mitchell, vice president of UNCF Northern region. “With the support of Whole Foods Market, Heritage Link and Harlem Shake, we are able to invest in the next generation; ultimately paying dividends for us all.”

And now, with the release of UNCF’s new publication, HBCUs Make America Strong: The Positive Economic Impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, we know graduates from the nation’s historically black colleges and universities contribute $14.8 billion to the total economic impact annually, generating 134,090 jobs for their local and regional economies.

About our sponsors:

Whole Food Market
Founded in Austin, Texas, when four local businesspeople decided the natural foods industry was ready for a supermarket format. Whole Foods Market’s founders, John Mackey and Renee Lawson Hardy, owners of Safer Way Natural Foods, and Craig Weller and Mark Skiles, owners of Clarksville Natural Grocery opened in 1980 with a staff of only 19 people. It was an immediate success. At the time, there were less than half a dozen natural food supermarkets in the United States, growing by leaps and bounds since the first store opened.

“Whole Foods Market is proud to sponsor the United Negro College Fund’s event, which helps further their impact of helping minorities attend and graduate college.”- Lucia Albero, metro marketing team leader, Whole Foods Market

Harlem Shake
In May 2013, Harlem Shake flagship restaurant opened in the heart of Central Harlem at 100 W. 124th St. (corner of Lenox Ave.) The fast-casual restaurant features a menu made for both simple and sophisticated tastes. Hiring members of the Harlem community; nearly 65% of our staff resides from the east to west side of Harlem. As a part of the village of Harlem, it is important for the restaurant group to collaborate with community businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Heritage Link
In 2005, Khary and Selena Cuffe married and subsequently founded Heritage Link Brands upon learning South Africa had a $3 billion wine industry, yet less than 2% of the industry was owned by people of color, who represent over 85% of the country’s population. From PBS to TIME, the company has been recognized for its innovation and acceleration of South Africa’s and Brazil’s vino-tourism industries.

“As the proud daughter and granddaughter of Tuskegee graduates, I greatly appreciate and value what UNCF does to uplift and empower the African American community at large. As such, it is an honor to sponsor UNCF's initiatives in NY so that many others can also realize their educational dreams and the benefits that come with the dedication to such a pursuit!"- Selena Cuffe, owner, Heritage Link Brands

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

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