Tom Joyner Foundation, WSSU Sponsor a Fundraiser During the CIAA Basketball Tournament

January 28, 2011

The Tom Joyner Foundation, a major driving force in raising money for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) since 1998, will join the Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) Foundation in presenting an “Old School Basement Party” as a fundraiser for WSSU during the CIAA Basketball Tournament in Charlotte.

    The special “Play It Forward” event will be March 4 from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. at the Charlotte Marriott City Center hotel.  The party will be hosted by Joyner and features music from the 1960s, 70s and 80s.  Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door with all proceeds benefiting WSSU.  Advance tickets may be purchased on line at

    The foundation, formed by the nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner, is supporting WSSU as part of its on going effort to assist HBCUs in broadening and strengthening their efforts to raise money to help keep students attending these institutions.  

    “The foundation is really happy to work with WSSU again,” said Joyner, a graduate of Tuskegee Institute and the foundation’s chair.  “The university has a long and storied history and this foundation is all about providing support to enable students to stay in school.”

    Previously, the foundation had selected WSSU as a university of the month and helped raise $125,000 for scholarships.

    “We are always grateful for the work the Tom Joyner Foundation continues to do that provides additional funding for our students and all students attending HBCUs,” said Michelle Cook, vice chancellor for University Advancement at WSSU.  “Providing the support for this event in conjunction with the CIAA Tournament should prove to be very beneficial to the university and provide much needed funding for student scholarships.”

    The Tom Joyner Foundation has raised more than $25 million to help thousands of students at some 80 colleges and universities.

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