Approximately $250,000 was raised for student scholarships at the Medgar Evers College Pinnacle Awards & Scholarship Dinner, on October 11, 2017. The theme for this yearâ€™s black-tie fundraiser, the Collegeâ€™s major fundraising event, was â€œCarnival: A Celebration of Culture.â€ The dinner, held at Guastavinoâ€™s, at 409 East 59th Street in Manhattan, featured young dancers on stilts and steel drums entertaining guests and DeMarco Morgan, a CBS News correspondent based in New York, as the Master of Ceremony.
MEC exists at â€œthe intersection of hope and possibility,â€ President Rudolph F. Crew said in his remarks. â€œIf I could rename Medgar, I would rename it the next step,â€ Dr. Crew added.
â€œItâ€™s about our diaspora taking the next step,â€ he said. â€œCherish it, enjoy it, be blessed by it, contribute to it.â€
The College presented awards to three honorees, â€œMiss Patâ€ Chin, a Jamaican entrepreneur and co-founder of VP Records, Don Lowery, Senior Vice-President, Community Engagement at Nielsen and Paul T. Williams, Jr., Co-Founder and Managing Director, Williams Strategy Advisors and Of Counsel, Arent Fox LLP. Attendees included Reggae superstar â€œShaggyâ€, a special guest of Miss Pat.
Ms. Chin, Mr. Lowery and Mr. Williams, the three honorees, all mirror the Collegeâ€™s commitment to diversity and social equity. The MEC student body is highly international and more than 90 percent of MEC students receive financial aid to pursue their studies.
â€œI accept this award in the memory of Medgar Evers,â€ Mr. Lowery said.
In accepting his award, Mr. Williams declared that the success of America depends on the success of MEC and colleges like it.Â â€œToday we live in some troubling times,â€ Mr. Williams said.
â€œJust like this College, I believe in preserving our history,â€ Miss Pat said when she received her Pinnacle award.
The Pinnacle Awards Dinner allows the College to raise much-needed scholarship funds and to showcase our extraordinary value, strength and diversity.
The College raises funds through the MEC Educational Foundation. There was a journal, a silent and an online auction, as well as an opportunity to make a tax-deductible donation.