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Saint Augustine’s University Raises $75,000 At 2018 CIAA Jazz Brunch


Raleigh, NC – On Friday, March 2, 2018 in Charlotte, NC, Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) announced a fundraising total of $75,000 from its annual CIAA Jazz Brunch. The University surpassed its $50,000 goal for the sold-out event thanks to onsite donations, sponsorships and ticket sales.

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Grand Basileus Antonio F. Knox, Sr. (3rd from
left) along with members present check to SAU President Everett Ward. (submitted photo)
Duke Energy present check to SAU President Everett Ward (submitted photo)

SAU’s National Alumni Association (NAA), Duke Energy and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. were among the largest donors for the event, with each organization donating $10,000. Corporate sponsorships came from Aladdin, North State Bank, The Francis Law Firm, and Capital Cleaning. Attendees included alumni, faculty, staff,   sponsors   and   friends   of   the   University,   including   leaders   from   the   Episcopal   Church.

“I am so grateful for the continued support of our devoted alumni and invested community and corporate partners,” stated SAU president, Dr. Everett B. Ward. “This level of support plays a tremendous role in helping us educate and serve the students of Saint Augustine’s University, which is our number-one priority.”

Growing each year since its inception, the jazz brunch has become SAU’s signature event during the CIAA tournament, which draws thousands of alumni and affiliates of the CIAA’s member institutions. “The CIAA tournament is the perfect opportunity to thank our donors, and to give alumni and friends of the University a place to come together to reunite, and to support our students,” added Dr. Ward. “I look forward to seeing the event continue to grow.”

Member of St. Augustine’s University National Alumni Assn. present check to SAU President Everett Ward. (submitted photo)

The success of the jazz brunch will serve as a springboard as SAU looks to launch its final fundraising campaign of the 2017-2018 fiscal year in the coming days.

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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