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New York, NY (PRWEB) March 01, 2016 — Many of New York’s boldest names will put on their black-tie best and join UNCF Thursday, March 3, at the 72nd anniversary “A Mind Is …” Gala at the Grand Hyatt New York. The gala will raise funds to support UNCF’s 37 member historically black colleges and universities and more than 400 scholarship, internship and fellowship programs.

The 2016 UNCF “A Mind Is…” Gala will continue its tradition of honoring noted civic, education and business leaders for their game-changing advocacy on behalf of education through partnerships with UNCF and their own work. UNCF will present the Frederick D. Patterson Award to Fund II Foundation, a new UNCF partner, for its major investments into scholarships for African American students, including the Fund II Foundation UNCF STEM Scholars Program. The UNCF President’s Award will be presented to Joel Klein, chief policy and strategy officer of Oscar Health Insurance Corp. and former New York City schools chancellor. The Shirley Chisholm Award for Community Service will be presented to the Rev. Al Sharpton, the noted civil rights activist.


WHAT: 2016 UNCF “A Mind Is …” Gala

Honorees: Fund II Foundation, Joel Klein and the Rev. Al Sharpton

Gala Chair: John K. Martin, Chairman and CEO of Turner Broadcasting System

Mistress of Ceremonies: Michaela Pereira, co-host of CNN’s “New Day”

Student performer: Jumohny Walker, Virginia Union University, Class of 2016

WHEN: Thursday, March 3, 2016

6 p.m. Reception

7 p.m. Dinner

WHERE: Grand Hyatt New York

109 E. 42nd St. at Grand Central Terminal

New York, NY 10017

INFO: For tickets or additional on the gala, contact the UNCF office at 212.820.0140 or e-mail Also visit for continuous updates and news and follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.

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