The Thurgood Marshall College Fund Requests support to rescue 500 students stranded in New York City after Hurricane Sandy

Nov 01, 2012, 08:20 ET from The Thurgood Marshall College Fund

NEW YORK, Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Monday October 29, 2012 should have been the experience of a lifetime for attendees at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund's (TMCF) 25th Anniversary Awards Gala here in New York City; highlighted by a performance by international renowned recording artists and humanitarian Wyclef Jean and hosted by CeCe And BeBe Winans. However, due to the expected arrival of Hurricane Sandy, TMCF has been forced to cancel this special celebration.

For the last four days 500 of the best and brightest students from around the country have been gathered in NYC at the Hilton Hotel at our Developing Minds...Delivering Dreams conference for intensive leadership and professional development training with some of the leading experts in their fields. For these young leaders, many of which are first-generation college students, this is a unique opportunity to chart their course for their future in a diverse global workforce.

We are facing over $250,000 in added expenses as a result of this natural disaster. Please help the students by donating any amount, which will aid in their transportation, housing and food costs. With your generous support the students will be able to return to school and be with their families. Anything that anyone can do to assist us is extremely appreciated, immediately. Please go to our website for more information on how you can give.

"While we are disappointed we were forced to cancel our 25th Anniversary Celebration scheduled for tomorrow night, we are now 100% focused on ensuring the safety and well-being of the 500 student/scholars who have traveled from across this country to New York City to learn how to become great future American leaders and to be introduced to great career opportunities with great American employers. Hurricane Sandy will not deter the Thurgood Marshall College Fund as we do our mission-critical work of helping these young people pursue their dreams," said Johnny C. Taylor, President & CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

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The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is named for the U.S. Supreme Court's first African-American Justice. Established in 1987, TMCF supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending its 47 member-schools that include public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), medical schools and law schools. TMCF helps students with a clear intention and the motivation to succeed and acquire a high-quality college education at an affordable cost. TMCF also efficiently connects high performing, world-ready students with top tier employment opportunities – access that students or employers might not have on their own. Through its scholarships and programs, TMCF plays a key role in preparing the leaders of tomorrow. TMCF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization. For more information about TMCF its initiatives visit:

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