WASHINGTON, DC – (October 19, 2017) – The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) announces its 30th Anniversary Awards Gala Honorary Congressional Host Committee consisting of members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives. U.S. Senators represented on the Host Committee include Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Patty Murray (D-WA), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). U.S. Representatives include Alma Adams (D-NC), Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE), Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Virginia Foxx (R-VA), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Terri Sewell (D-AL), Bobby Scott (D-VA), and Mark Walker (R-NC).

With 98 percent of all revenue going directly to HBCU students and schools, TMCF’s gala is one of Washington DC’s largest, non-political, annual fundraising events, with over $50 million raised for HBCUs since its inception in 1987. TMCF has always had bipartisan and bicameral support from elected officials as advocacy on behalf of the nation’s Black College Community is one of the main pillars of TMCF’s work.

“Bipartisanship is the only way TMCF has been able to be an effective voice on Capitol Hill for our nation’s publicly-supported HBCUs and PBIs for the past 30 years,” said TMCF President & CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.  “Having the trust and support of so many Members of Congress is a testament to the fact that our work crosses party lines. On both sides of the aisle and in both chambers of Congress, there continues to be a growing caucus of legislators who are saying yes, black colleges and universities do matter.”

This year’s sold out black-tie affair will honor TIAA President and Chief Executive Officer, Roger W. Ferguson, Jr. as CEO of the Year; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP Partner Richard S. Lincer with the Thurgood Marshall Legacy Award; and Delaware State University President, Dr. Harry Lee Williams with the Educational Leadership Award.

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About 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: