A mind is a terrible thing to waste™ and the United Negro College Fund is on a mission to build a robust and nationally-recognized pipeline of underrepresented students who become highly qualified college graduates. In order to raise funds for scholarship and its programs, UNCF hosted a 5K Walk for Education on Saturday, August 26, at the Belle Isle Casino.

The UNCF had plans to reach $700,000 this year, but has exceeded that goal and is still tallying. There is a stretch goal of $1,000,000. The organization is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization.

“Educating our youth should be a number one goal in our community,” said Joyce Thomas, development director.

“So often we see children whose dreams have been deferred by lack of funds, but hardly ever for lack of desire, to attend college. Funding should never be the issue when it comes to educating and mentoring our youth and that’s why the UNCF raises money. We want to help educate as many underserved children as we can.”

This year’s walk included a host of other activities, including an Historically Black College and University college fair, massages and health screenings, face painting and children’s activities. In addition, General Motors and Ford showcased their vehicles. Presenting sponsors for the event were Delta Air Lines, UAW Ford and Ford Motor Company, UAW GM and General Motors and there was support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Other sponsors included AAA-The Auto Club Group, FCA US LLC, Henkel Corporation, Meritor, Bridgewater and McDonald’s.

The UNCF awards more than $100 million in scholarships annually and supports more than 60,000 students and more than 1,100 colleges and universities.

For more information or to make a donation, visit the website at www. uncf.org/detroitwalk. Contact Joyce Thomas at 313.873.1500 for additional information

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