DALLAS – The North Texas area office of UNCF–the United Negro College Fund–the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization, will host its 14th annual Red, Hot & Snazzy benefit gala on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Dallas. The elegant affair will include a reception, red carpet arrivals, silent and live auctions, seated dinner, dancing and a live concert performance by popular R&B legends The Ohio Players. UNCF’s Excellence in Education award will be presented to Alliance Data for their dedication to education.
North Dallas Gazette readers can register to win two tickets to the gala at Facebook.com/NorthDallasGazette.
A signature DFW metroplex event, the Red, Hot & Snazzy Gala benefits UNCF’s Texas based member institutions and scholarships for low income students. Annually, UNCF supports 60,000 students at 900 U.S. colleges and universities. In addition to raising funds for scholarships, proceeds provide vital financial support for UNCF’s member colleges & universities. that will help them continue to play a critical role in our communities.
“These students are our future. We are very grateful to those who’ve invested in UNCF’s higher education mission by sponsoring our gala,” said UNCF’s Area Development Director Diane Stephenson. “Funds raised will help our colleges continue to play a critical role in our communities” she added.
“As a company founded on the Golden Rule, jcpenney has a strong legacy of giving back and supporting the communities in which we live and work. For over 40 years, we’ve been a supporter of UNCF, providing nearly $1.6 million in donations to affiliates across the country,” said Gala Chair Miki Woodard, vice president of philanthropy for jcpenney. “We are honored to continue our support as a sponsor of UNCF’s annual gala which helps to raise awareness and much needed scholarships for financially challenged.”
The Mistress of Ceremonies will be Fox 4 News Anchor Clarice Tinsley. State Senator Royce West and UNCF President/CEO Dr. Michael Lomax will make remarks. Local radio & TV personalities will serve as celebrity auctioneers during the Live Auction. Recording artist Toni Redd will perform during the reception. Many local dignitaries and celebrities are expected to participate during the “red carpet opening”.
Gala sponsors include, American Airlines, Citi, jcpenney, Ben E. Keith Beverage Distributors, BNSF Railway, Frito-Lay, Inc., Greyhound Lines, Kroger, Mary Kay Inc., Nationwide Insurance, Neiman Marcus, Parrish Restaurants, Rent-A-Center, Wal-Mart and Wells Fargo.
Sponsorship packages start at $5,000. Reserved tables for 10 are $2,500 and individual tickets are $200. To purchase tables, tickets or to make a donation, please contact the Dallas office of UNCF at 972-234-1007. For more information visit www.uncf.org/dallas.