United Negro College Fund friend and St. Louis native Cedric the Entertainer hosted the inaugural UNCF St. Louis Leaders’ Breakfast August 6 at the Norwood Hills Country Club. Aiming to help break financial barriers, proceeds from the event will provide operational support to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), which help send local students to and through college.
“I’m fortunate to have grown up in St Louis where the way of life, the people, and the work ethic helped form the foundation of who I am and played a large part in my success,” commented Cedric. “It’s important that I invest in the city that I call my hometown, and more importantly in the youth of St. Louis who are the next generation of leaders and trailblazers. They will work to secure a stronger community and a better world for us all.”
The breakfast honored the 2018 recipients of the Howard Family Foundation and the Cedric the Entertainer Foundation scholarships for their dedication to academic success. Other honorees recognized for championing education included Keeper of the Flame awardee Dr. Art McCoy, Superintendent, Jennings School District; Organization of the Year, Ameren Missouri; and Youth of the Year Rolando Merriweather II, Missouri S&T scholar and athlete.
Nearly 200 business, civic and community influencers attended the inaugural event. Anthony Slaughter, of KSDK News Channel 5 served as master of ceremonies.
The event was made possible with support from sponsors Monsanto, Ameren Missouri, the Saint Louis Fashion Fund, Gene Slay’s Girls and Boys Club, Regions Bank, the Jennings School District, Ascension, PepsiCo and the University of Missouri-St. Louis.