nola-du-group-w-pres-du-group-w-dr-kimbroughMore than 2,000 community supporters are expected to come together at the Audubon Park Riverview, 6500 Magazine St., for the New Orleans UNCF Walk for Education on Saturday, Oct. 8. The fundraising event benefits deserving students and UNCF’s member universities Dillard and Xavier. WWL-TV’s Thanh Truong and Caresse Jackman will serve as the emcees.  Registration is at 7:30 a.m.; and the walk will start at 8:30 a.m.

Members of the local community are encouraged to register or form teams, securing better futures for all of us one step at a time. The family friendly celebration will include fun, food, entertainment, kids’ activities and health screenings.

“We invite all members of the New Orleans community to join us as we raise money to send deserving young people to college,” said LaJuana Chenier, regional development director, UNCF. “Everyone who believes that ‘A mind is a terrible thing to waste’® should attend as we inspire and empower our young people to get to and through college successfully and secure their futures through a college degree.”

UNCF has been changing lives for generations by enabling more than 430,000 students to graduate from college since it was founded. Last academic year, thanks to the commitment of UNCF stakeholders and sponsors, local area students received more than $2 million in scholarship support. With UNCF’s steadfast commitment to New Orleans and Louisiana, more than 5,000 students are pursuing higher education at UNCF-member institutions across the United States. 

The community is also encouraged to attend the kickoff celebration Oct. 5 at the Audubon Tea Room, where UNCF and sponsors will provide live music, a silent auction and much more to help inspire attendees to change lives through educational opportunity.

 For more information on the kickoff celebration, the New Orleans UNCF Walk for Education or sponsorship opportunities, visit or contact Julie Gable at or 504.581.3794.