Congressman Elijah Cummings to attend Tom Joyner Kick-Off Fundraiser on Coppin State Campus

February 19, 2008 · Print This Article

20070221022518elijah_cummings_cpd_photo_109th_congress.jpgBALTIMORE, MD — (February 19, 2008) – U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and several top city officials will participate in a festive round of activities as Coppin State University and the Tom Joyner Foundation launch a major fund-raising campaign on campus Feb. 21, 2008, at 9 a.m.

The kick-off program, which will be held in The Coppin Center, officially launches a $300,000, campaign that focuses on the Tom Joyner Foundation’s selection of Coppin as its “School of the Month (TJFSOTM) For July 2008.”

City officials scheduled to speak during kick-off festivities include Deputy Mayor Salima Siler Marriott and City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Special guests will include Baltimore City State’s Attorney Patricia Jessamy and Seventh District Baltimore City Councilwoman Belinda Conaway.
The campaign is being coordinated at Coppin by Jim Roberts, acting vice president, Division of Institutional Advancement (IA), and Ms. Sherrye Larkins McKay, IA Special Events and Special Projects director. The event Thursday is being billed as a “School of The Month Celebration” and the “Kick-Off of The TJFSOTM Challenge.”

“If we reach our goal of $300,000, The Tom Joyner Foundation will donate an additional $25,000 to Coppin’s student scholarship fund. That’s their challenge to us,” Roberts said. “We are appealing to faculty, students, staff, alumni, the Foundation Board and the corporate and Faith-Based communities to help us reach or exceed our goal.

“It is important that we are successful because it will allow us to provide students the scholarship support they need,” Roberts said. “We will be able to award scholarships to currently enrolled students who apply and meet the criteria.

The Tom Joyner Foundation is a certified 501-c3 not for profit organization, established for the purpose of helping students continue their education at Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Each month, the foundation designates an HBCU to receive its support. The foundation’s scholarship support money is sent directly to the HBCU for the students. The scholarships are awarded to the students through the Private Donor Program, which is administered by the Division of Institutional Advancement.

Donors to the Coppin campaign should make checks payable to the Tom Joyner Foundation and mail them to the Coppin State University Foundation. “Coppin State University” should be noted in the check’s Memo Section.


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