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UNCF Richmond is here to help you send a student to college and turn his or her life around. UNCF Richmond focuses on promoting the mission of the UNCF, its donors and friends—its constituent base.
2022 Hampton Roads Mayors Masked Ball
2021 Virginia “A Mind Is…” Smooth Jazz Concert Gala held on September 24
The first annual UNCF (United Negro College Fund) A Mind Is…® Smooth Jazz Concert Gala was held at the Historic Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia on Friday, September 24. It opened with a cocktail reception featuring musical protégé Fabian Lance tickling the piano keys. Following was an evening of dinner and jazz headlined by Jazz Artist Nick Colionne, one of the genre’s most tireless and explosive live performers, and special guest Jazmin Ghent, a sultry saxophonist. The Master of Ceremony was Reverend Tommy Fleming, better known in the community as the former “Tommy Gunn” of Urban One Radio and WJZV Smooth Jazz Radio. The 2021 UNCF Keeper of the Flame Award was awarded to Clovia Lawrence, a local broadcast journalist best known in the Richmond metropolitan area as “Miss Community” or “Community Clovia.”
More than 150 civic and business leaders, education professionals and guests from across Virginia were in attendance and over $51,000 was raised.
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Virginia Union University, a UNCF-member institution, is located in the UNCF Richmond area.
A Wonderful Thing To Invest In: Meet Your Dividends
Actor Blair Underwood, a friend and supporter of UNCF Virginia
Richmond-Supported HBCUs Punch Above their Weight
The UNCF research report HBCUs Punching Above Their Weight makes a strong case for a powerful proposition: Given their small average size and a history of being under-resourced, the enrollment, degree and economic impacts of HBCUs on African Americans in their respective states are significantly greater than one would expect. >> Read More at UNCF.org/PATW.
It is our responsibility to open doors for others in our communities. Thank you, UNCF, for being a beacon of light to our young men and women who seek to attain and build upon their educational excellence.
Mark Johnson Vice President, Community Development Manager, SunTrust Bank, now Truist
A message from the 2019 Keeper of the Flame Award Recipient, Dr. Billy K. Cannaday
UNCF Virginia Leadership Council:
- Tonya Byrd, Dominion Energy
- Ralph Dickerson, Virginia Union University
- Markita Heard, JP Morgan Chase
- Frank Hinckle, Dominion Energy
- Linda Hines, Virginia Premier
- Mark A. Johnson, Truist Bank
- Maxine McNair, GEICO
- Sharon Patrick, Enterprise Holding Group
- Toiya Sosa, Riverside Health Systems
- Lisa Speller, Colonial Downs
- Tamara Thornton, Owens and Minor
- Cecelia Tucker, Old Dominion University
- Tonya Walley, Cox Communications
- Anita Wynn, Virginia State University
UNCF Donor Roll
Thanks to our generous supporters, who help us help Virginia students.
UNCF Richmond Staff