|A fundraiser with HAT-ti-tude|
|UNCF luncheon highlights women's success|
|Published Thursday, June 21, 2012 7:26 am|
N.C. Gov. Bev Purdue will be among the honorees at poet Maya Angelou’s annual United Negro College Fund fundraiser.
Perdue will be presented a lifetime achievement award at the 10th UNCF/Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon June 23 at The Westin Charlotte, 601 S. College St. The luncheon starts at 10 a.m. In addition, four women in political leadership will be honored, including:
• Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy;
• Winston-Salem Mayor Pro Tem Vivian H. Burke;
• Greensboro Mayor Pro Tem Yvonne Jeffries Johnson, and
• Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane
“This year’s honorees have dedicated their careers to public service and work hard each and every day to maximize opportunities for the people of North Carolina,” N.C. UNCF director Marilyn Richards said. “We salute their passion and commitment, and we’re grateful for Dr. Angelou’s special tribute to them and for her service to UNCF all these years.”
Angelou also will recognize three women in human resources and diversity: Debra Plousha Moore of Carolinas Healthcare System, Novant Health’s Marilyn Gilliam and Dawn Harris of NASCAR.
UNCF will also present a $5,000 scholarship to Danielle Nylia Brown, who will enroll at Bennett College in Greensboro.
The luncheon has raised more than $1 million for students attending private historically black colleges, including five in North Carolina – Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, Livingstone College in Salisbury, Shaw University and St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh and Bennett.
The luncheon highlight is the “HAT-ti-tude!” contest in which participants show off their favorite headwear for the title of best or most unusual hat. A silent auction will also be held for items including a private luncheon for six with Angelou at her Winston-Salem home.
Tickets start at $150 and are available by calling (704) 377-8625.
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