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United Negro College Fund Hosts 9th Annual Mayors’ Black History Month Luncheon

Hosted by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, the United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) 9th Annual Mayors’ Black History Month Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sheraton Orlando Downtown (400 W. Livingston St.). As part of its “Recipe for Success” scholarship program, the Darden Restaurants, Inc. Foundation will present UNCF with a check for $840,700.

“Recipe for Success” is designed to enable and empower youth to pave their own path to success by providing access to the tools and information necessary to navigate the process of postsecondary education. The program will support and honor youth working toward their individual goals while inspiring others to follow in their footsteps.

“Each year, thousands of young people don’t get the opportunity to continue their education,” said Angela Woods, Director of the Foundation. “Our goal with “Recipe for Success” is to help young people envision the possibility while creating opportunities for them to realize their full potential. Our partnership with UNCF helps to build a robust and nationally recognized pipeline of under-represented students who will not only become highly qualified college graduates, but will also support their peers along the pathway to college.”

Proceeds from the event will help deserving students attend the college of their choice and support the Florida member schools: Bethune-Cookman University, Edward Waters College and Florida Memorial University.

Event sponsors include AT&T, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Darden Restaurants, Inc., Winn Dixie, Walt Disney World, Orlando Magic, Orlando Health and Wachovia, a Wells Fargo Company.

As the nation’s oldest and most successful minority higher education assistance organization, UNCF’s mission is to provide financial support to its 39 member institutions and increase minority degree attainment by reducing financial barriers to college. For more information, visit

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