FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 05, 2013
UNCF and 1,000 Supporters Walked the Walk, Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the 5K UNCF Walk for Education at Belle Isle in Detroit
Event Supported Students Locally & Statewide, Providing Them with the Tools & Support They Need
DETROIT, MICHIGAN (September 5, 2013) - An estimated 1,000 business, civic and community supporters joined the Michigan office of UNCF (the United Negro College Fund) - the nation's largest and most effective minority education association - on Saturday, August 24, to "Walk Back Through History" at the 25th UNCF Walk For Education. Held at Belle Isle Casino, the silver anniversary event celebrated the importance of a college education and raised more than $525,000 to provide students with the support they need to get to and through college.
"I want to thank our sponsors and all those in Detroit on Saturday for coming out and literally walking the walk and investing in better futures for our young people," said Michael L. Lomax, Ph.d., president and CEO of UNCF. "Their investment has enabled us to invest nearly $20 million over the last decade here in Michigan, and more than $9 million just in Detroit over the same time."
In addition to community Walk teams, event sponsors also fielded teams of employees and their families that came together in support of making sure young people get the education they need, and that the country needs them to have. Sponsors for the 25th anniversary UNCF Walk For Education were:
- Chrysler Group LLC,
- Ford Motor Co.,
- General Motors Co.,
- Chrysler, Ford and GM UAW bargaining units,
- Bridgewater Interiors/Johnson Controls Inc.,
- Comerica Bank,
- Delphi Foundation,
- Fifth Third Bank,
- Miller Canfield,
- Quicken Loans, and
- HAP & Henry Ford Health Systems.
General Motors Co., a 2013 Walk Legacy Champion and 25-year Walk supporter added more than $230,000 to the nearly $2 million raised by its Walk teams during the past two and a half decades. This year, the money raised by GM included $55,000 raised through the raffle of a Chevrolet Impala car. Ford Motor Co., another longtime supporter, raised more than $110,000, including $50,000 through its golf event to benefit the Walk. The funds raised during the Walk will in part provide scholarships for students in Detroit and Michigan.
"Detroit has once again stepped up for students, and I would like to thank all our walkers and supporters who came out and made the silver anniversary of the UNCF Walk For Education a milestone to remember," said Angela A. Bingham, UNCF Detroit development director. "Thanks to that support our students will have the education and preparation they need to become the leaders that Detroit - and the country - need."
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.