Mayor Edna Jackson presided over the United Negro College Fund Mayor’s Breakfast held recently at the Hilton Savannah Desoto. Alderman Carolyn H. Bell welcomed the breakfast attendees and reminded them of the importance of supporting the UNCF. For many years the local chapters of Delta Sigma Theta and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorororities joined together to present “100 Celebrity Men Who Cook”, a cooking competition. All of the proceeds benefited the UNCF, the nation’s largest minority education organization.
Former Mayor Otis Johnson introduced Dr. Carlton E. Brown, President of Clark Atlanta University as keynote speaker for the occasion. Dr. Brown updated the audience on Clark Atlanta University as a research and technology school. His message was very inspirational on why it is important to support the United Negro College Fund and HBCU schools. “The government has changed the rules on the Parent Plus Loans. If you have had a mortgage foreclosure or have a loan that is 90 days past due, you will not qualify to receive a Parent Plus loan” said Dr. Brown. He went on to speak about other methods of obtaining a college education and how difficult it can be during these economically challenged times.
Following Dr. Brown’s heartwrenching speech, individuals, business leaders, sororities, fraternities and church leaders made presentations to the UNCF totalling more than $15,000. Greg Parker of Parker’s Convenience Stores made a $2500 contribution and challenged Seacrest Partners and others to do the same.
Maurice E. Jenkins, Jr. UNCF Executive Vice President and Miranda M. McKenzie, UNCF Area Development Director graciously thanked the donors.
McKenzie asked for supporters to please continue to send in contributions through January 31, 2014. Contributions can be sent to the UNCF Atlanta Area Office, 229 Peachtree Street, Suite 2350, Atlanta, Georgia 30303 or by calling 404.302.8623.