Annual Awards Dinner Slated for March 16, 2009 at Waldorf=Astoria
Legendary Entertainer Dr. Bill Cosby to Host Star Studded Gala for Nation’s Premiere Minority Scholarship and Mentoring Program
John McGlade, Chairman, President and CEO of Air Products will serve as Event Chair
December 4, 2008 (New York, New York) – The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) today announced that it would hold its 2009 Annual Awards Dinner on Monday, March 16 th at 6:30pm at New York’s venerable Waldorf=Astoria hotel. Hosted by legendary entertainer Bill Cosby for nearly three decades, the iconic event pays tribute to in dividuals who embody the humanitarian ideals of Jackie Robinson and rais es funds for the Jackie Robinson Foundation, which provides four-year co llege scholarships, graduate school grants and extensive mentoring to ac ademically distinguished minority students with financial need and records of leadership capacity. John McGlade, Chairman, President and CEO of Air Products will serve as Event Chair.
The star-studded 2009 Annual Awar ds Dinner promises to be an unforgettable evening as the Foundation honors Robin Roberts , Good Morning America co-host, recognizing not only her own pioneering career in broadcasting, but her unwavering co mmitment to advancing social change through her reporting. World renowned physician, educator and Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at John Hopkins University, Dr. Benjamin Carson, Sr., will also be honored. His breakthr ough research and patient care has dramatically improved the human condit ion and he has served as a mentor and role model for scores of Afric an American youth across the country who dream of becoming physicians. In a ddition, the Foundation will also honor Robert Redford, Founder of the Sundance Film Festival and one of the most iconic actors of our time. This entrep reneur and trailblazer in the world of cinema has spent his career opening d oors for many giving voice to young filmmakers. Dr. Bill Cosby will grace the stage as host of the evening.
The JRF Annual Awards Dinner has recognized some of the most decorated names in business, politics, education, media, sports and the arts, including Bishop Desmond Tutu, J. W. Marriott, Jr., Clive Davis, Spike Lee, Ruth J. Simmons, Henry L. “Hank” Aaron, John A. Thain, John Welch Jr., Ella Fitzgerald, George Lucas, Marian Wr ight Edelman, Arthur Ashe, Michael Jordan, Tom Brokaw, Dr. Sheila C. Johnson and Katharine Graham.
Established in 1973, the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) is the nation’s premier education and leadership development program. Transcending financial assistance, the Foundation equi ps its scholarship recipients with a comprehensive set of support services including mentoring, career guidance and practical life skills, resulting in a ne arly 100% graduation rate, more than twice the national average for minority students. The over 1,200 JRF alumni are both leaders in their professional fields and consummate ambassadors of Jackie Robinson’s legacy of community service. This academic year (2007- 2008), JRF is providing scholarship a ssistance and program support to 279 Jackie Robinson Foundation students representing 34 states and enrolled in 106 different colleges and universities across the country. For tickets or additional information regarding the JRF Annual Awards Dinner, please contact the Foundation at (212) 290-8600 . Individual tickets are available for $1,000 with tables and sponsorships ranging from $15,000 to $100,000. Advertising opportunities are availabl e in the special commemorative JRF Annual Awards Dinner program for $5,0 00. For more information about JRF, please visit www.jackierobinson.org.