FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, DC (October 15, 2018) – The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is proud to announce its 2018 award recipients, being honored for their commitment to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and their bold leadership in the higher education, corporate and legal communities. This will take place at TCMF’s 31st Anniversary Awards Gala, October 29th in Washington, DC at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.
TMCF’s Anniversary Awards Gala is one of Washington’s largest nonpolitical fundraising events, raising over $50 million since its inception in 1987.
The following distinguished individuals will be honored at this year’s black-tie event:
- Glenda Baskin Glover, president of Tennessee State University, will receive the Educational Leadership Award.
- Dennis A. Muilenburg, chairman, president and chief executive officer of The Boeing Company, will receive the CEO of the Year Award.
- 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.
“Supporting this gala shows our students that we value them, and want them to succeed by helping eliminate financial barriers to them fulfilling their dreams of graduating from college,” said Dr. Harry L. Williams, TMCF president & CEO. “We are honored to recognize Dr. Glover, Mr. Muilenburg and Ms. Thornton, who inspire all of our scholars through their bold leadership examples, making a difference not only in America, but globally.”
This year, Urban One is the exclusive media partner for the gala with R&B, pop and gospel GRAMMY Award nominee Ruben Studdard headlining as the night’s featured entertainment. Studdard rose to fame as the second season winner of “American Idol.” Studdard’s best-known hits songs include “Superstar,” “Flying Without Wings” and “I Need an Angel.” His most recent album, “Ruben Sings Luther”—a tribute to Luther Vandross—was released in March. The acclaimed Howard Gospel Choir will join Studdard as the gala’s special musical guest.
For more information on TMCF, the gala or this year’s honorees, visit https://www.tmcf.org/our-events/31st-anniversary-awards-gala.
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.