Tonight, Carnival: Medgar Evers College Pinnacle Awards & Scholarship Dinner 2017 will take place at Guastavino’s in Manhattan. VP Records founder, Patricia Chin will be honored as well as Don Lowery, SVP, Community Engagement for Nielsen and Paul T. Williams, Esq, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Williams Strategy Advisors and Counsel at Arent Fox LLP. Grammy Award Winning Reggae Sensation Shaggy will present Ms. Chin with her award. CBS National Correspondent, DeMarco Morgan will serve as The Master of Ceremonies and music sets from Caribbean Music Evolution, Addis “Pablo” Swaby, Ed Robinson and Khalilah Rose will keep the guests entertained throughout the evening.

As the college’s largest scholarship fundraiser, the Pinnacle Awards Dinner allows the College to showcase the extraordinary value, strength, and diversity of the students and the institution, in addition to raising scholarship funds that reduce the financial burden of their students. Proceeds from the dinner will support the General Scholarship Fund at Medgar Evers College which helps many students fund their tuition, text books, meals, subway fares and more.

Named after the martyred civil rights leader, Medgar Wiley Evers (1925-1963), the college hopes that Ever’s ideals will inspire students and faculty of the college in “their pursuit of truth as the surest path to human freedom and social justice.” President of the college, Rudolph F. Crew is a renowned educator and a former Chancellor of the New York City school system.

Medgar Evers College is the youngest of the four-year senior colleges in The City University of New York (CUNY). Education is at the forefront of the college’s mission, with four education and advocacy centers– The Center for Black Literature, The Center for Law and Social Justice, The DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy and The Caribbean Research Center which all support the educational growth of the students. A signature initiative is the Pipeline Program, which offers schools, parents and educators a holistic cradle to career approach to college readiness with parenting classes; info for educators; early education for students; college credit programs for high schoolers; and an array of career information and social and educational enrichment for students. A new School of Education and the first CUNY-approved Honors program opened this fall.

A staple in the Central Brooklyn community, the college is known just as much for their cutting edge educational offerings as they are their diversity. The school is predominantly black with a large Caribbean population of students hailing from islands such as Jamaica, Trinidad, Haiti, Guyana and more.

“MEC does a great job at giving back to their students and I am grateful to be recognized at their 2017 Pinnacle Awards,” said Patricia Chin of her honor. “The same way I give artists on my label a platform to tell their stories to the world through music, MEC provides an excellent platform for students to learn their field and utilize it for greatness,” she concluded.

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