UNCF 2013 Salute to Champions Award Ceremony held

The UNCF Milwaukee campaign held its annual Salute to Champions Award Ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 at the Devon’s Seafood and Steak in the Bayshore Town Center.

UNCF’s Regional Development Director Ms. Jann Honore , from Chicago , Illinois , recognized and thanked the entire Milwaukee Community especially the sponsors and donors contributing to the very successful 29th Annual Walk/Run for Education.

UNCF colleges and students count contributions so that they can invest in the leaders of tomorrow.

Donations enable UNCF to give member colleges and universities the resources they need to provide a college education to students that are academically rich but lack the finances to pay for a college degree.

UNCF plays a critical role in enabling more than 60,000 students each year to attend college and get the education they need to live their dreams of a college education and to participate as responsible citizens in society.

The UNCF Salute event recognized sponsors, volunteers and participants who made this years’ event a success- raising more than $200,000.00 for the 29th Annual UNCF Walk/ Run for Education.

A special thank you was extended to the Honorary Chairperson, the Honorable Tom Barrett, Mayor of the City of Milwaukee and to the Grand Marshalls, Dr. Joan Prince, Vice Chancellor – Global Inclusion and Engagement, The University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (United Nations Ambassador – International Affairs, Dr. Gregory E. Thornton, Superintendent, Milwaukee Public Schools and Dr. Earnestine Willis, Kellner Professor in Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin.

The galloping sponsor for the 2013 Walk/Run was Rockwell Automation and the sprinting sponsor was Johnson Controls.

The other sponsors were recognized and they were: United Way of Greater Milwaukee, Lena ’s Food Market, Northwestern Mutual Life, Chase Bank and Associated Bank.

The media sponsors were Jammin’ 98.3, V100.7 WKKV-FM and My 24/CW 18 Milwaukee.

Members of the public, private, corporate, philanthropic, faith- based and community partners attended the event.

The 2013 Crystal Globe Award was awarded to Johnson Controls.

Ms. Mary Dowell, Director of Community Relations accepted the award on behalf of Johnson Controls. Ms. Dowell delivered remarks during the presentation and thanked the 500 employees who participated this year!

The Walk/Run provides an annual friendly competition among the teams and their efforts to see who can raise the most money, by soliciting registrations, donations, sponsorship and matching gifts.

Their efforts earned them the Crystal Globe Award!

Individual fundraising efforts were also recognized and appreciated.

This year’s winner of the individual fundraising goal was Mr. Rufus Finner from Canaan Baptist Church who raised more than $3,500.

UNCF is grateful for the commitment shown by all of the other fundraisers and the entire community for your commitment to this Walk/Run.

Plans are underway for the 30th Anniversary, scheduled to take place on the 19th of July 2014. Please consider becoming a part of this historic event in Milwaukee .

“A mind is a terrible thing to waste. If you are interested in giving, it is not too late.

To contribute, please contact UNCF Milwaukee at (414) 372-6700 or visit UNCF’s website at www.uncf.org for more information.