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Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Emmy winner,
Dr. Bill Cosby hosted the TMCF 25th awards Gala on
Nov. 11, 2013 with 1400 guests (including 500 students), alongside Redskins
Alfred Morris, MC Lyte, and Jennifer Holiday opening with her Grammy Award-winning hit song," And I Am Telling You I Am Not Going." TMCF's Board Chairman
Jim Clifton and
Susan announced they were donating
$1 million dollars to the organization.
Johnny C. Taylor Jr., TMCF President and CEO highlighted, "Our scholars are living proof of why higher education is such a good investment." The gala featured multicultural- line up:
Miss America 2014,
Nina Davuluri, who embodies the spirit of many Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in showcasing and celebrating diversity through cultural competency encouraged students to 'dream big' and stay true to themselves. Honorees of the year included
Janice Bryant Howroyd,
Larry Waters, Dr. Wayne D. Watson, Ph.D. and Johnson & Johnson. Throughout the night,
Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) held a VIP book signing for "March Book One."
General Dennis L. Via, Lt. General Arthur J. Gregg (Ret.) and several Congressmen also joined the fundraiser.
Other VIP guests included
Senator Michael Brown (DC), Former Editor-in-Chief
Susan Taylor, HBO's
Jermaine Crawford, Saxophonist
Ski Johnson, Fox News
Kelly Wright and
Juan Williams, Grammy and Golden Globe Winner
Jerry "Wonda", Duplessis, Real Housewives of
Dwight Eubanks, and
Calvin Klein's first African-American fit model,
Gallup, the polling company, was the presenting sponsor of the gala. Other sponsors and supporters included Millers Coors, the Charmer Sunbelt Group, Costco, Wal-Mart, Altria, Wells Fargo, the NBA, The Hill,
Moet Hennessy, News Channel 8 and the Hershey Company.
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http://mm.gettyimages.com/mm/nicePath/gyipa_public?nav=pr200325213ABOUT THE THURGOOD MARSHALL COLLEGE FUND (TMCF)TMCF is named for the U.S. Supreme Court's first African-American Justice. Established in 1987, TMCF supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending its 47 member-schools that include public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), medical schools and law schools. Through its scholarships and programs, TMCF plays a key role in preparing the leaders of tomorrow. For more information about TMCF or sponsorship to donate to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, visit
www.thurgoodmarshallcollegefund.org or call 202-507-4851.
CONTACT: Gina De Franco
SOURCE The Thurgood Marshall College Fund