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08/17/04

UNCF Celebrates 60th Anniversary

The United Negro College Fund has raised more than $2.2 billion for tuition. This morning, members not only celebrated their 60 year anniversary, but kicked off their annual corporate campaign at Savannah's First City Club.

Thanks to this nonprofit organization and its generous donors, more than 300,000 students have graduated from college.

"I truly believe we are making a difference in the lives of some men and women who would not have an opportunity and more than 40 percent are first generation to go to college," said vice president Maurice Jenkins.

"I think it sometimes can brake the cycle of poverty," noted Gary Thompson of Wachovia, on hand for the celebration. "It can set a whole new standard of opportunity for the family. I think it's a very big thing particularly in today's society."

WTOC's general manager Bill Cathcart accepted an award of behalf of the station for 20 years of partnership.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

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