UNCF hosts its 7th annual Hamptons summer benefit weekend

Paving The Way To College

The United Negro College Fund will host its seventh annual Hamptons Summer Benefit, “A Mind Is … ” with a weekend of events. Donations provide financial aid for college-bound minority students.

This year’s honorees are educator and former Historical Black College & Universities’ president, Dr. Johnetta Cole and senior advisor of Solera Capital LLC., Edward Lewis.

“As an entrepreneur, I have striven to run a business that does good work in the community, as well as achieves a viable bottom line,” explained Lewis.

“Early on, my mother instilled in me the importance of doing the right thing by being a good man, a man of integrity, honor, discipline, and responsibility. She also felt very strongly that getting an education should be my priority, did all in her power to make that possible for me, and also later encouraged me to be supportive of community organizations that stressed education,” he added.

“UNCF was an organization she passionately believed in and financially supported, even on the limited income of a divorced woman working as a domestic. Both privately and as co-founder and publisher of Essence, I made certain that the company also supported the mission of UNCF. It is imperative that each of us ensures that every child has access to educational opportunities,” Lewis emphasized.

Since its establishment in 1944, UNCF has paved the way for students to graduate college, doubling the number of minorities attending collegiate programs, as the nation’s largest minority education organization. UNCF has received more than $4.8 billion in financial contributions.

As a result, more than 450,000 students have earned college degrees, with a 70 percent graduation rate of the recipients with a UNCF scholarship, nine percent higher than the United States average for all students at four-year colleges. In addition, UNCF provides 400 programs including mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development.

“I am elated to be recognized as a 2018 UNCF honoree; not only because its mission is to help young people whose backgrounds so closely resemble my own in the Bronx, but also, because my mother would be so proud,” Lewis concluded. Lewis is one of countless examples that the work of UNCF provides more than a chance at furthering education, it opens possibilities for a better life.

The organization’s recognizable motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste,” symbolizes the dedication to furthering education for those who may not otherwise get the opportunity, and the logo features a torch of leadership as the leading light guiding the way.

On Saturday, August 18, will be a VIP Reception at 5 PM followed by dinner and a program, including a silent auction, at 6:30 PM. The festivities will be held at the Silberkleit residence in East Hampton. Then, on Sunday, August 19, join the team again for brunch at Bay Kitchen Bar in East Hampton from 11 AM to 2 PM. Funds raised at this year’s event will go towards scholarships for local East End students.

Both events will be attended by UNCF’s president and CEO Dr. Michael Lomax and co-chairs Jean Shafiroff and Gregory Lowe. For ticket information, email lexi.hellerman@uncf.org or call 212-820-0147. Follow UNCF @uncfny.