UNCF Chicago Hosts 40th Annual Walk for Education at Burnham Park on Saturday

Cook Country Board President Toni Preckwinkle to serve as Honorary Chair of the 2023 UNCF Chicago Walk for Education.

Radio personalities Ramonski Luv from Omni-Channel and Trey White from WGCI FM will be co-emcees. They will step out for students at the organization’s 40th Annual Walk for Education on September 16, 2023 in Chicago at Burnham Park, Grove 7, DuSable Lake Shore Drive @ 39th Street. As in previous years, participants can choose to walk, run, bike or skate.

“UNCF was founded in 1944 to raise scholarship dollars to support Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and the hundreds of thousands of students who attended them. For 79 years, the work of UNCF in helping to pay for college has impacted the lives of students and their families, positioning them to move upward economically,” said Fred Mitchell, Vice President, Development Mid- Atlantic/Midwest Divisions UNCF.

“With the recent Supreme Court ruling, UNCF knows that more students will turn to HBCUs for their college educations, and the increased demand will require greater contributions to help more students earn college degrees, compete successfully for well-paying jobs in competitive career fields, and affect the economic trajectory. Investing in our students today, builds brighter futures for them, their families and communities.”

Participants can walk or run a 5K course, or bike or skate a 10K course starting at Burnham Park, Grove 7. The schedule for the event is as follows:

  • 7:00AM – Onsite registration — Registration fee: $20 Children (12 and under), $35 Adult
  • 8:00AM – Program — guest speakers, Jesse White Tumblers, warmup
  • 9:00AM – Step-off, race begins
  • Race starts and finishes at Burnham Park Grove 7, South DuSable Lake Shore Drive @ 39th Street.

“We are excited to honor the President of Cook County Board of Commissioners Toni Preckwinkle and welcome her again to this year’s UNCF Chicago Walk for Education. We invite everyone in our community to join her in her commitment to further higher education for our young people and their families,” said TeResa Gaddis, UNCF Chicago Development Director.

UNCF Chicago 2023 Walk for Education Sponsors and Donors are:

NATIONAL SPONSORS – Colgate and Lowe’s

LOCAL SPONSORS AND DONORS – Aetna, ALDI, American Airlines, BMO Harris, Chicago Defender, Comcast, Gift of Hope, Huntington Bank, Marquee Sports Network, McDonald’s, NBC 5 Chicago, Telemundo, Top Ladies of Distinction, Urban Prep Academies, WGN TV 9, Wyn-Win Communications

For more information on the UNCF Chicago Walk for Education, please visit www.uncf.org/chicagowalk, or contact the UNCF Chicago area office at (312) 845-2200 or UNCF.Chicago@uncf.org.

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