Renowned poet Dr. Maya Angelou will honor Gov. Bev Purdue with a lifetime achievement award and will recognize seven more outstanding women during the UNCF/Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon. United Negro College Fund is celebrating the 10th anniversary of this signature fundraiser.

Dr. Angelou will present awards to the following 2012 Women Who Lead honorees: Mayor Terry Bellamy, Asheville, N.C.; Mayor Pro Tem Vivian H. Burke, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Yvonne Jeffries Johnson, Mayor Pro Tem, Greensboro, N.C. and Nancy McFarlane, Mayor, Raleigh, N.C. Gov. Perdue will receive the Maya Angelou/Elizabeth Ross Dargan Lifetime Achievement Award.
“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,” said Marilyn Richards, N.C. UNCF director. “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.”
During the luncheon, Dr. Angelou also will recognize three Excellence Award honorees in the field of Human Resources/Diversity & Inclusion: Marilyn Gilliam, Novant Health; Dawn Harris, NASCAR and Debra Plousha Moore, Carolinas Healthcare System.
UNCF will present a $5,000 scholarship to Danielle Nylia Brown, who plans to attend Bennett College in Greensboro in the fall.
Ten years after its inception, the luncheon has raised more than $1 million for students attending UNCF member institutions, including the five located in North Carolina: Bennett College, Johnson C. Smith University, Livingstone College, Shaw University and St. Augustine’s College.
Another highlight of the event is the popular “HAT-ti-tude!” contest. Many women—adorned in their favorite hats—compete to win prizes for the best and most unusual headpieces. Patrons also will enjoy a high-end silent auction featuring items such as a private luncheon for six with Dr. Angelou at her home.
Tickets start at $150 per person and may be purchased through the local UNCF office by calling 704-377-8625. Wells Fargo is the presenting sponsor of the event.
About UNCF
UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 38 private member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of college readiness and minority education. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 21 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”
Date: Saturday, June 23
Place: Westin Charlotte (601 S. College St)
Time: 10 a.m.
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