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Fete continues without namesake
UNCF luncheon to honor Maya Angelou
Published Tuesday, June 24, 2014 8:08 pm
by Herbert L. White

The first Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon without its namesake will go on.

Organizers of the 12th annual UNCF fundraiser are dedicating the June 28 luncheon at the Westin Charlotte to Angelou, who died last month in Winston-Salem. It will now become a tribute dedicated to remembering her life and commitment to education.

Tickets are $175 through the UNCF office by calling (704) 377-8625 or  online at www.uncf.org/mawwll.

Angelou had been a UNCF volunteer for more than 25 years, lending her name and renown to the Charlotte fundraiser, which has raised more than $1 million for scholarships.

“Over the years, we’ve been enamored and inspired by Dr. Angelou’s presence at the luncheon and everything she has shared, and we will miss her tremendously,” luncheon chair Denise Mitchell said. “She has made an indelible mark on our hearts and in the lives of young people, and we plan to celebrate her in a major way during this year’s event.”

In addition to the tribute, UNCF will present awards to Rhonda Caldwell, president of The Main Event; Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown, vice president of community and business partnerships for Novant Health; and Jacqueline Ford, owner of Great Food Services for service to their communities. Gospel recording artist Pastor Shirley Caesar will receive the Maya Angelou/Elizabeth Ross Dargan Lifetime Achievement Award.

The highlight of past luncheons – and a favorite pastime for Angelou – the HATitude! competition, remains. Participants sport their favorite hats to win prizes for the best and most unusual headpieces.

“Dr. Angelou always loved the whimsy of the hat contest, so we hope everyone who attends will make her proud by showing off their absolute best this year,” Mitchell said.

UNCF also will present a $5,000 scholarship to a student attending college in the fall. Five N.C. schools are UNCF members: Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, Livingstone College in Salisbury, Bennett College in Greensboro and Shaw University and St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh.


This program will be one of the best!!! RIP sister Maya!!!
Posted on June 27, 2014

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