UNCF “A Mind Is…” 2018 Hamptons Summer Benefit to Honor Trailblazers for Education

Devoted educator and former Historical Black College and Universities’ president, Dr. Johnetta B. Cole and media trailblazer and senior adviser of Solera Capital LLC. Edward Lewis to be honored at the weekend affair

NEW YORK—Join UNCF for the 7th annual Hamptons Summer Benefit weekend, August 18-19. Created to show appreciation to UNCF’s supporters whose commitment to education has opened doors for deserving students who couldn’t afford a college degree, this event has become one of Long Island’s must-attend happenings of the season. Over 400 community influencers, business and civic leaders are expected, including event co-chairs Jean Shafiroff, NYC author, socialite and philanthropist; and Gregory Lowe II, CEO of Lowekey.

Visit UNCF.org/NYHamptons for tickets and details

“Events such as the Hamptons Summer Benefit are vital to the sustainability of the community,” said Fred D. Mitchell, vice president, UNCF Northern/Midwest region. “UNCF changes lives by helping the students of today become the teachers, scientists, business people, doctors and nurses of tomorrow—ultimately fortifying a better future for us all.”

UNCF continues the tradition of honoring game-changing advocates of education with the Keeper of the Flame award; past recipients include Susan Taylor, Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, Robert F. Smith, Cathy Hughes, Reginald Hudlin, Dr. Ronald A. Johnson and Frank Baker. This year, UNCF is excited to announce Edward Lewis, co-founder of Essence magazine and senior adviser of Solera Capital LLC; and Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, former president of UNCF-member institutions, Spelman College and Bennett College for Women, and principal consultant, Cook Ross, as recipients of this award.

The signature fundraiser will provide scholarships for underrepresented students in the east end of Long Island, from Riverhead to Montauk, and help maintain the 37 UNCF-member historically black colleges and universities. (HBCUs)

Additional weekend details are:

  • Saturday, August 18: VIP reception at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and program at 6:30 p.m. at the Silberkleit residence
  • Sunday, August 19\: Brunch from 11 a.m. –  2 p.m.at the Bay Kitchen Bar (39 Gann Rd, East Hampton, NY) will close out the weekend.

For ticket information, visit UNCF.org/NYHamptons.

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About UNCF

UNCF 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