UNCF raises over $30,000 at golf tournament

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Released by Diane Stephenson with the United Negro College Fund:

DALLAS - The United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the nation's largest and most effective minority education organization today announces that the recently held Jethro Pugh Scholarship Invitational raised more than $30,000 for scholarships and operating support for its five Texas based member historically black colleges and universities.

The annual golf tournament sponsored and organized by airport concessionaire The Paradies Shops and partner Jethro Pugh has raised over $600,000 since its inception.  Funds raised support the Jethro Pugh Scholarship Fund, which grants a $10,000 scholarship each year for four years to a deserving student attending a Texas UNCF college.  Recognized at the tournament was last year's scholarship recipient Quincy Bland, who attends Huston-Tillotson University, and this year's scholarship recipient from Jarvis Christian College, LaChelle Andrews. Both scholars excel academically while also volunteering in their communities.

Former Dallas Cowboys stars who joined Jethro Pugh for the exciting tournament included Robert Newhouse, Billie Joe Dupree and Larry Cole.  Additional event sponsors were Nestle Waters North America, Coors Distributing Co., Coca-Cola Enterprises, American Airlines and State Farm Insurance.

"For 17 years, the Jethro Pugh Scholarship Invitational has become an annual tradition of raising funds to help deserving students receive a college education.   During these challenging economic times, we realize it is more important than ever to raise awareness and funding for these dedicated students," said Gregg Paradies, president and CEO of The Paradies Shops.  "I am very proud of the team effort that took place to make this year's tournament such a success, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Jethro Pugh and UNCF to plan another successful tournament next year."

"Scholarship funds raised from events like the Jethro Pugh golf tournament are vitally important to low-income students - especially those whose college education is now being threatened by the recession," said Diane Stephenson, UNCF Area Development Direction. "Thousands of students at UNCF member colleges have seen family contributions reduced or eliminated due to job loss and pay cuts. We are grateful for the support of The Paradies Shops and Jethro Pugh for continuing this tournament and helping so many of our students attend college."

Since its founding, UNCF has helped 350,000 students earn degrees from its 39 member colleges and universities. Today, 55,000 students attend UNCF member institutions each year.

Should you wish to support UNCF in its mission to help students earn their college degree, send your donation to UNCF -  2800 Swiss Avenue, Dallas, TX 75204, or call 972-234-1007.

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 students' education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 39 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 18 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. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste."® Learn more at www.UNCF.org

About The Paradies Shops
Named Best Airport Retailer for the past 14 consecutive years by Airport Revenue News, The Paradies Shops was established in 1960. A family-owned business, The Paradies Shops operates over 500 stores in more than 70 markets across the United States and Canada. With extensive experience in operating both local and national brands, to include CNBC News, PGA TOUR Shops, Brooks Brothers, Brighton Collectibles, Harley-Davidson, and The New York Times Bookstores, The Paradies Shops maintains a substantial presence as one of the largest airport retailers. Additionally, The Paradies Shops operates several hotel properties and the retail program for the Georgia Aquarium, the world's largest aquarium, located in Atlanta.  Jethro Pugh and The Paradies Shops are joint venture partners in several airport locations, to include:  Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, LaGuardia Airport and Piedmont-Triad International Airport in Greensboro.  For more information, please visit www.theparadiesshops.com.