UNCF New York’s Hamptons Benefit Raises Over $200K for HBCUs

Devoted educator and former HBCU president Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole; media trailblazer and senior adviser of Solera Capital LLC Edward Lewis honored at the weekend affair

UNCF New York's yearly campaign of giving is off to a great start as they raised more than $200,000 at the 7th annual UNCF  "A Mind Is…" Hamptons Summer benefit, held August 18-19. Former HBCU president Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole and media titan Edward Lewis were honored for being trailblazers of education and voices of the unheard.

Dr. Cole reminded attendees during the weekend affair that “If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together.”

Former HBCU president Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole
Former HBCU president Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole

Master of ceremonies Don Lemon from CNN and Dr. Michael L. Lomax, UNCF's president and CEO, kept the program lively with their contagious energy and led the fundraising charge with a special appeal, raising nearly $15,000 from guests in attendance. Close to 200 guests attended the celebratory weekend, including celebrity stylist Ty Hunter and actor Sarunas Jackson of the HBO hit series “Insecure.” Many participants left feeling inspired and ready to champion for education and the important work UNCF.

UNCF New York gives special acknowledgement to our gracious co-chairs, Jean Shafiroff and Gregory Lowe II, whose leadership led to an exciting and successful weekend.

Visit UNCF New York to see scenes from the 2018 Hamptons Summer benefit.

Follow coverage of this event on social media: @uncfny #uncfnyc #uncfhamptons

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About UNCF
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.