UNCF Chicago Hosted Its 23rd Annual “A Mind Is” Gala

Chicago Notables in Attendance, Funds Raised to Support HBCUs

Actor Michael Epps of the hit Showtime series “The Chi” poses with Keisha Epps, Social Influencer; Dr. Blondean Davis, Superindent & District 162 CEO Southland College Prep.

Chicago UNCF hosted its 23rd Annual “A Mind Is” Gala recently at the Hyatt Regency on June 17th.  A blue carpet reception honored Toni Preckwinkle, the Chicago Cubs, and Marcus Bullock and UNCF’s 2023 Mastermind Class.  Actor Michael Epps from Showtime’s hit TV series “The Chi” was among the Chicago notable celebrities that attended the UNCF Gala.  Highlights from the inaugural night included Chicago Cubs Chairman Thomas Rickett accepting the corporate award on behalf of the Cubs and praising the partnership with UNCF and the impact it made on students attending HBCUs. Hosted by Fox News Anchor Anita Blanton and WGCI personality Trey White, UNCF Chicago highlighted the Mastermind Class that included past recipients of the UNCF scholarships such as law student Lamariah Smith, Khary Armster and young upcoming masterminds Justin Cunningham of Socialworks, Astin Hayes of Remy Cointreau and more. This year’s event’s partners were co-chair Noil Corp, Inc and more.

Toni Preckwinkle shares a moment during the event with True Star’s Jahkil Jackson and his grandmother Phyllis Smith.

Next year’s gala will celebrate 80 years of UNCF with a plethora of special guests. For more information about UNCF Chicago, click here to visit their website.

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