SAN DIEGO – The San Diego office of UNCF (the United Negro College Fund) and San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer will host its third annual Mayors Luncheon on Friday, February 6, 2015 at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. The Luncheon brings together San Diego area business executives, civic and education leaders to support UNCF’s efforts. The 70-year old organization aims to create a college-readyculture and support students in their efforts to get “to and through” college.

“Today, when having a college education is more important than ever, investing in our young people’s futures is more important than ever if we are to be competitive in today’s economy. UNCF works to ensure our future leaders have the opportunity to obtain the college degrees they need, and our nation needs them to have,” said Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D., UNCF President and CEO. “Today, we are continuing that investment here in San Diego, and it is one that will pay dividends for all of us as they become our next generation of leaders.”

Each year, the San Diego office raises funds for deserving students through annual events such as the Masked Ball and Walk for Education. In the 2013-2014 academic year, UNCF supported nearly 400 students in the Greater San Diego area. Nationally, UNCF supports more than 10,000 scholarships per year under more than 400 programs to students at 900 colleges and universities across the country.

“We are thankful to Mayor Faulconer, and all our sponsors and attendees for their support of UNCF and of education here in San Diego. When you support UNCF you are truly investing in better futures for our young people,” said Carolyn Trader, Development Director, UNCF. Investing in the advancement of minority higher-education benefits our local communities, therefore it is imperative that we come together to help deserving students get to and through college.”

The luncheon aims to highlight the critical importance of building a robust pipeline of college-educated African Americans and diverse students. In addition to Mayor Faulconer, confirmed attendees include: Pastor Terry Wayne Brooks of Bayview Baptist Church; San Diego Councilwoman Myrtle Cole; and Lawrence Henry, Regional President of Union Bank. The San Diego UNCF Mayor’s Luncheon is collectively sponsored by AT&T, Blue Shield of California, Jacobs Center, Qualcomm, One San Diego, SDG&E, SeaWorld, Union Bank, UPS, Voice and Viewpoint, Volunteers of America- Southwest.

“The work of the UNCF has never been more important,” said Ignacio De La Torre, Regional Vice President, AT&T. “Like

UNCF, AT&T has a long-standing tradition of supporting bright young minds of diverse backgrounds who will ultimately lead America’s workforce.”

“Our commitment is to support our future leaders with the resources they need to attend and complete college,” said Lawrence Henry, Regional President of Union Bank. “As a responsible bank, diversity is part of our culture and it is in our


General admission tickets for the San Diego UNCF Mayor’s Luncheon are $75 and corporate sponsorships are still available. For more information, please contact Carolyn Trader at (213) 639-3800, via email atCarolyn.Trader@uncf.org or visit http://uncf.org/SanDiegoLeadersLuncheon.