MLK benefit to support student scholarships

February 4, 2009 | Events
By Kim Goodin

The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has been heightened during historic events of the past few months.



Recognizing the civil rights leader’s continued influence, The University of Toledo has hosted a series of commemorations during the past few weeks. Its final event, the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Benefit Dinner, themed “A Progression of Change,” will take place Monday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium on Main Campus.

According to Sandra Rivers-Gill, manager of diversity programs in UT’s Office of Institutional Diversity and chair of the benefit planning committee, the theme calls to mind a succession of historical events that have been catalysts for a season of change. Supporting the University’s assistance of undergraduate African-American students in fulfilling their dreams, she added, is crucial during this time of economic uncertainty.

“One way of fulfilling a dream is through education,” Gill said. “It is a promise of hope and possibilities for the next generation, even through times of adversity. It is important to support programs that help our students successfully continue their educational pursuits. This event is a major fundraiser that supports the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund.”

Last year, Gill said two recipients received the MLK scholarship. The committee would like to see the fund expand to assist more students.

Ohio Sen. Ray Miller will be the keynote speaker. He will focus on diversity, the overall significance of King’s dream, how it pertains to the recent inauguration of President Barack Obama, as well as how education resonates as the support system to success.

Musical performances by Lift Your Hands Ministries, Sign-Mime Choir, Amy Hancock and David Cunningham will be the entertainment highlights. A silent auction also is planned from 6 to 8 p.m.

Tickets are $60 per person and $30 per student. Tables of eight may be purchased for $480. Another option called “table plus” allows sponsors to purchase tables that include two tickets for current UT students at a cost of $540. click here for sponsorship form.

Those interested in purchasing tickets and tables, or exploring other means of supporting student scholarships at UT, are encouraged to contact the Office of Institutional Diversity at 419.530.2508 or e-mail

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