The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), the strongest voice for the 47 Public Historically Black Colleges and Universities and six Law schools across the nation, has announced that actors Niecy Nash and Anthony Anderson will host its 23rd Anniversary Awards Dinner on Monday, November 1, 2010 in the Metropolitan Ballroom of the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers.
Chaired by John F. Lundgren, President and CEO of Stanley Black & Decker, the event is a continuing tradition that began more than 20 years ago in the name of civil rights activist and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
As the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s signature fundraising event, the annual Awards Dinner has, over the years, significantly advanced the organization’s mission while championing academic excellence and supporting students at public Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Highlights of the event will include a special tribute to the late Dorothy I. Height, the American administrator, educator, and social activist. Height was the president of the National Council of Negro Women for f40 years, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994, and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004. In addition, the renowned Prairie View A&M University Chamber Singers will perform.
“The Thurgood Marshall College Fund is pleased to welcome Niecy Nash and Anthony Anderson as Hosts of our twenty-third anniversary Awards Dinner,” says Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., president & CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund. “Their talents as performing artists, commitment to higher education and professional accomplishments are exemplary.”
“As a graduate of Howard University – a Historically Black University – I am proud to serve as Co-Host of this year’s TMCF Dinner,” comments Anthony Anderson. “The work of this organization literally transforms the lives of thousands of young African Americans while preparing future generations of leaders.”
“The Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s commitment to education and excellence is truly unparalleled,” says Niecy Nash. “I am absolutely thrilled to lend my name and support to this outstanding organization that is a benefit and service to us all.”
This year’s Awards Dinner will recognize the achievements of some of the nation’s foremost visionaries who promote diversity, leadership and community service. The 2010 Honorees include: Neil Golden, senior vice president, chief marketing officer, McDonald’s USA, LLC; Rhonda Mims, president, ING Foundation & senior vice president, Corporate Responsibility and Multicultural Affairs; Kenneth Wilcox, senior vice president of sales, LALA USA; and George C. Wright, president, Prairie View A&M University.
The 23rd Anniversary Awards Dinner concludes TMCF’s annual Anniversary Weekend, which also brings together more than 600 students from across the country for a Leadership Institute and Recruitment Conference. With over 100 corporations and government agencies participating, these students are provided an excellent opportunity to network with and learn from noted industry executives. The public is also encouraged to support TMCF; donations from $10 and up can be made to the organization by texting 50555 directly from your mobile device.