32nd edition of An Evening of Stars Honors Chaka Khan

Saturday, September 25, 2010, UNCF and Target mark the 32nd edition of An Evening of Stars® with a Tribute to Chaka Khan being taped live at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

Confirmed participants joining UNCF President and CEO Dr. Michael L. Lomax will be Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder,  El DeBarge, Estelle, Faith Evans, Fantasia, Melanie Fiona,  Ginuwine, Milini Khan, Ledisi, Bettye Lavette, Herbie Hancock, Angie Stone, Mark Stevens, Soledad O’Brien, Akon, LeVar Burton,  Mo’Nique, Taraji P. Henson, Quincy Jones, Tom Joyner, Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker, Amber Riley, Tracie Thoms, Bobb’e  J. Thompson, Shaun Robinson and Lauren Velez.  Also in attendance will be Malik Yoba, Warren Ballentine, Tatiana Ali and Kim Coles.

Proceeds help to continue UNCF’s mission of aiding those who need and deserve an education.

The resulting two-hour special will air January 28 and 29, 2011 on selected network stations throughout the U.S., and on BET and WGN.

An Evening of Stars Tribute Chaka Khan is made possible by Target, the Presenting Sponsor of AEOS®, and by national corporate sponsors McDonald’s and AT&T.  Official and Major sponsors include American Airlines, Wells Fargo, BET Networks, the US Army, and Harrah’s Entertainment.  For more information visitwww.uncf.org <http://www.uncf.org/>

Previous recipients of the UNCF Award of Excellence are Lou Rawls (2004), Quincy Jones (2005), Stevie Wonder (2006), Aretha Franklin (2007), Smokey Robinson (2008), Patti LaBelle (2009) and Lionel Richie (2010). Tickets to the taping are available through Ticketmaster and Pasadena Civic Auditorium Box office now. UNCF An Evening of Stars® will be televised nationally in January 2011.

Returning for his 14th year as executive producer and director of UNCF An Evening of Stars® is six-time Emmy® Award winner Louis J. Horvitz.  One of the industry’s most accomplished and sought-after live television producer-directors, Horvitz directed the annual Academy Awards® telecast for 13 years.  He has also helmed the Prime Time Emmy Awards®, The Kennedy Center Honors® and the American Film Institute (AFI) Life Achievement Award tributes.   In 2010, Horvitz directed the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards®, the Vancouver Winter Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the American Film Institute Tribute to Mike Nichols and was nominated for an Emmy for the most recent Kennedy Center Honors.

For more information visit, www.uncf.org <http://www.uncf.org/> .

About UNCF An Evening of Stars®
UNCF An Evening of Stars®, formerly the Lou Rawls Parade of Stars®, first aired in 1979, and since that time has become one of the longest running and most successful televised events in U.S. history. Over its 32-year history, UNCF An Evening of Stars® has raised more than $200 million that has helped hundreds of thousands of students attend college and graduate.  In recent years, UNCF An Evening Of Stars® has featured a Who’s Who of remarkable talent, including Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Chaka Khan, Ne-Yo, Nancy Wilson, Beyoncé, Anita Baker, Jill Scott, Whoopi Goldberg, Fantasia, Joss Stone, Jennifer Hudson, Michael Bolton, Natalie Cole, Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, Hall and Oates, Ziggy Marley, Maroon 5, and scores of others. UNCF An Evening of Stars® received NAACP Image Awards for its 2006 tribute to Stevie Wonder and its 2008 tribute to Smokey Robinson. Learn more about UNCF An Evening Of Stars® atwww.uncf.org <http://www.uncf.org/> .

About UNCF

UNCF—the United Negro College Fund—is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization.  To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities across the country. UNCF supports education through scholarships and other programs, by supporting its 39 member colleges and universities, and by advocating for the importance of minority education.  UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 21 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. The UNCF logo features the torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at www.UNCF.org<http://www.uncf.org/> .

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