UNCF Houston to Raise Funds for HBCUs via New Drive-In Movie Event
Mashari Grissom UNCF Communications 202.854.0007 Mashari.Grissom@UNCF.org
Loretta Devine to make virtual appearance during drive-in event featuring Paramount’s “Dreamgirls” director’s cut version
Staying safe and having fun, the UNCF Houston annual fundraising gala is transforming into an in-person movie night this year. Families and friends can socially distance and relax in their cars while enjoying Paramount Pictures’ “Dreamgirls” at the “A Mind Is…” Reimagined: Drive-In Movie event, helping UNCF raise vitally needed funds for its mission of helping financially challenged students get to and through college.
“Events like this are important. During this time when we’re all facing a pandemic, helping students earn their college degrees is as important as ever,” said Dr. Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO, UNCF. “These students are our future pandemic frontliners—our future doctors, nurses, teachers and technologists—people who can make a real difference in all of our lives. We need as many students working on their college degrees as we can enable.”
The event will be an unforgettable experience set for 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Tom Bass Park Section 1 in Houston Texas. Legendary actress Loretta Devine, who starred as “Lorrell” in the original Broadway musical will make a virtual appearance. Devine previously supported UNCF during the 33rd annual UNCF: An Evening Of Stars® which aired in 2012.
Proceeds from the event will benefit HBCUs and students across Texas and the United States who lack the financial support to go to or complete college. During a time of mandatory social distancing, vehicles will be allowed entry into the drive-in through a donation of $125.
“Dreamgirls” evolved from the 1981 Broadway musical that follows the story of Motown recording group, The Supremes, and the history of music during the 1960s and 1970s. The 2006 film, written and directed by Bill Condon, stars Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson, Anika Noni Rose and Danny Glover.
Presented by H-E-B Grocery Company, this year’s corporate event sponsors and local businesses include Shell, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Comcast, Brentwood Baptist Church, CenterPoint Energy, Elijah and Diana White and more.
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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, 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 nearly 20% 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 trademark, ‟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.