UNCF hosts 5K Walk at Audubon Park Riverview Oct. 5

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans office of the United Negro College Fund, the nation's largest and most effective minority education organization, will step out for students at its 26th annual Walk for Education on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 in New Orleans at the Audubon Park Riverview. 

This year's Walk for Education, with a goal of $175,000, is a celebration of education that will bring together thousands of community supporters to raise essential funds to help students get to and through college.

“In today's economy, students need a college education more than ever to compete and succeed, and we as a country need them to have that education," said Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D., President and CEO of UNCF.

Families, educators and the community-at-large are invited to join in the UNCF Walk for Education.  Participants can run or walk a 5K course through the scenic Audubon Park.  Interested participants are invited to support UNCF and its students by forming a Walk For Education team or registering as individuals. UNCF encourages everyone to take advantage of early registration fees - $30 for adults and $15 for children 12 years of age and under.

Sponsors for the 26th annual UNCF Walk for Education include McDonald's Corporation, Shell Oil Company, Audubon Nature Institute, WWL-TV and many others.

UNCF awards 13,000 scholarships a year through 400 scholarships and other programs to students at 900 colleges and universities, including UNCF's 37 Member Institutions.

 For more information on the UNCF New Orleans Walk for Education or for sponsorship packages, please contact Jermaine Smith at 504-581-3794, Jermaine.Smith@uncf.org or visit http://uncf.org/NewOrleansWalk.