UNCF’s 16th Annual South Florida Leader’s Luncheon

The Honorable Richard Corcoran, Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, to be Keynote Speaker

UNCF (United Negro College Fund), the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization, is proud to announce that the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, the Honorable Richard Corcoran, will serve as the keynote speaker for the 16th annual UNCF South Florida Leader’s Luncheon on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. The event will take place at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort in Fort Lauderdale from noon to 1 p.m. (check-in 11:30 a.m.). The luncheon will bring together South Florida business, civic and education leaders to support UNCF’s work to create a college-ready culture that provides students with the support they need to get to and through college.

“Our future depends on keeping the pipeline full of young people graduating from college with the education they need to emerge as the next generation of civic and business leaders in South Florida. UNCF works to ensure those future leaders have the opportunity to obtain the college degrees they need, and that our nation needs them to have,” said Maurice Jenkins, executive vice president, UNCF. “Investing in our students’ futures today will pay dividends for all of us tomorrow.”

Speaker Richard Corcoran added, “We know that the most important factor on whether a young person succeeds or fails in life, after the involvement of parents, is whether he or she is afforded a world-class education. It is my honor to be a part of that education mission as the speaker of the house and to be able to stand shoulder to shoulder with the UNCF, as well as with parents and students in communities across Florida for choice, opportunity and a brighter future for ALL children.”

UNCF South Florida Leader’s Luncheon is co-chaired by Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness and John M. Camillo, president, Yellow Cab of Broward County. Luncheon sponsors include official state sponsor Florida AT&T, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, the Jesse Gaddis Foundation, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Miami Chapter, JM Family Foundation, FPL, Florida Blue and many others.

In addition to a keynote speech by Richard Corcoran, the program will also include presentation of UNCF’s John W. Ruffin, Jr. Endowed Scholarships for students attending Florida Memorial University and the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University. Luncheon guests will be treated to a performance by the nationally renowned DCA Jazz Ensemble (students from Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale). Sponsor opportunities and individual tickets are still available. For more information, please contact the UNCF Fort Lauderdale Office at 954.527.3315 or via e-mail at Edith.Pearson@uncf.org.


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