WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington, D.C. Metro HBCU Alumni Alliance, Inc., will host its first ever black-tie fundraiser to celebrate the history and legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities alumni, and to honor alumni who have in their careers and made a profound impact to the Washington, D.C. community.

The soiree and cocktail reception band will be held Friday, September 8, 2017, at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the musical headliner will be the legendary R&B band, Midnight Star, who formed at the HBCU Kentucky State University in 1976 and continue to sell out crowds across the world.

The Alumni Alliance was formed in 2012 to support the mission of HBCU’s by increasing the membership of participating alumni chapters, collaborating on philanthropic efforts, and promoting the higher awareness of HBCU opportunities among underprivileged, minority high school students. The non-profit started out with just four charter members, and it has now grown to comprise more than 47 local alumni HBCU chapters.

“Since the inception of HBCU’s in the mid-1800s, graduates have become educators, government officials, doctors, lawyers, engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, and most importantly community leaders right here in Washington, D.C.” said Jamie Tettey, president of the Washington, D.C. Metro HBCU Alumni Alliance, Inc. “It is estimated that there are more than 300,000 HBCU graduates in the D.C. Metro area, nearly 160,000 of which are members of our community service-minded Black Greek Lettered organizations.”

This inaugural fundraiser will allow the Alliance to raise funds in support of that mission, and to honor the work of HBCU alumni in the following categories: business, media and communications, public policy, community involvement, and young alum.

“There is a lot of interest in this event, particularly in this climate where people are questioning the relevance of HBCU’s,” said Sam Washington, the Alliance’s Director of Community Partnerships and Fundraising. “To me there is no question. HBCU alumni helped launch the civil rights movement, built the black middle class, and staffed the pulpits of black churches and the halls of almost every black primary school before the 1960s. And they continue to play a crucial and unique role. This event will celebrate that legacy and their future.”

Tickets to the soiree are available online at www.dchbcu.org.

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