UNCF Wichita Mayor’s Luncheon Builds Stronger Communities Through Education

The Honorable Jeff Longwell, mayor, city of Wichita, served as host; event chaired by the Honorable LaVonta Williams, vice mayor, city of Wichita  

WICHITA, Kan.—Educational opportunities are the focus of the second annual UNCF Wichita Mayor’s Luncheon to be held at noon on October 5 at the Hyatt Regency. More than 100 community leaders, including the event host, the Honorable mayor Jeff Longwell and event chair, the honorable vice mayor LaVonta Williams, will attend the event benefiting Kansas students and UNCF-member institutions.

“I urge you to help us in our quest to support educational opportunity growth in our community,” said Longwell. “The funds raised at this luncheon will help students in our community to pursue their dreams and raise themselves, and as a result, our city and region, up through increased knowledge and personal achievement.”

Understanding the importance of expanding pathways to better futures, UNCF Koch Scholar and Wichita native Marshall Johnson will drive the conversation through a Q&A session. Currently a junior at Wichita State University, Johnson represents the countless number of students benefiting from the community’s investment in paying it forward.

Through scholarships and other academic support, UNCF is committed to minority students who have an interest in developing and applying an entrepreneurial mindset to their career pursuits. More than half a million dollars in scholarships have been awarded to students attending colleges in Kansas and, with the help of this year’s sponsors, Cox Communications, Wichita State University, Wichita Ministerial League and longtime supporter Koch Industries, UNCF will continue to raise awareness on the benefit of investing in the next generation of leaders.

Akeam Ashford, KWCH 12 Eyewitness News, will serve as master of ceremonies for the luncheon featuring a student testimonial from Darrell Allison, Wichita State University, class of 2021.

To purchase tickets, which are $50, please contact the UNCF St. Louis local office at 314.241.5958. If you are unable to attend but want to make a difference in a student’s life, text UNCFSTL to 50555.

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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.