BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL SUPPORT FOR THE THURGOOD MARSHALL COLLEGE FUND (TMCF) 31ST ANNIVERSARY AWARDS GALA

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BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL SUPPORT FOR
THE THURGOOD MARSHALL COLLEGE FUND (TMCF) 31ST ANNIVERSARY AWARDS GALA
TMCF announces Honorary Congressional Host Committee

WASHINGTON, DC (October 22, 2018) – The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is proud to announce its 31st Anniversary Awards Gala Honorary Congressional Host Committee.  This bipartisan and bicameral support from members of the U.S. Congress is in support of the TMCF Anniversary Awards Gala, Oct. 29 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

The following members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives make up the Honorary Congressional Host Committee for the 2018 black-tie gala:

U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Patty Murray (D-Wa.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). U.S. Representatives Alma Adams (D-N.C.), Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.), Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Eleanor Holmes-Norton (D-DC), Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.), Bobby Scott (D-Va.), and Mark Walker (R-N.C.).

“It is a privilege to join my colleagues as a member of the Honorary Congressional Host Committee for this year’s TMCF Anniversary Awards Gala,” said U.S. Senator Doug Jones. “Working to advance our nation’s HBCUs has been a priority for me since I entered office. I am proud to have partnered with my colleagues across the aisle and those who serve in the House of Representatives and look forward to continuing that tradition in the next Congress. I extend my congratulations to this year’s deserving awardees and, most importantly, applaud TMCF for working tirelessly on behalf of the 47 publicly-supported HBCUs.”

Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover, president of Tennessee State University (TSU), will receive the Educational Leadership Award; Dennis Muilenburg, chairman, president and chief executive officer of The Boeing Company, will receive the CEO of the Year Award; and Leslie T. Thornton, senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of WGL Holdings Inc. and Washington Gas, will receive the Thurgood Marshall Legacy Award.

“Dr. Glover is a terrific leader who has taken TSU to great heights,” said U.S. Representative Jim Cooper. “Her success in higher education is a wonderful example for students and university leaders across America.”

This year’s black-tie affair will feature special guests including television personalities NeNe Leakes and Terrence J, Miss USA 2017 Kára McCullough, and noted community leaders John Burns and Officer Tommy Norman. Thanks to gala entertainment partner Honda, GRAMMY Award nominee and American Idol winner, Ruben Studdard and the acclaimed Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University will be the featured performers. Urban One is the exclusive gala media partner.

TMCF’s anniversary awards gala is one of Washington’s largest nonpolitical fundraising events, raising over $50 million since its inception in 1987.

For more information visit: https://www.tmcf.org/our-events/31st-anniversary-awards-gala.

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ABOUT THE THURGOOD MARSHALL COLLEGE FUND (TMCF)

Established in 1987, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community. TMCF member-schools include the publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Predominantly Black Institutions, enrolling nearly 80% of all students attending black colleges and universities. Through scholarships, capacity building and research initiatives, innovative programs and strategic partnerships, TMCF is a vital resource in the PK-12 and higher education space. The organization is also the source of top employers seeking top talent for competitive internships and good jobs.

TMCF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization. For more information about TMCF, visit :www.tmcf.org.