This past Saturday marked the 24th anniversary of the UNCF New Orleans Walk for Education. Held from 7:30 am until 1:00 pm, the 5K Walk/Run began in the beautiful Audubon Park Riverview area behind Audubon Park & Zoo.

This event attracts thousands each year as participants from local HBCU’s Dillard and Xavier as well as many surrounding communities that support UNCF, its 38 member schools and the students. The UNCF New Orleans Walk for Education occurs in New Orleans each year, filled with entertainment, food from multiple sponsors, activities and surprise guests.

This year UNCF’s goal was to raise $200,000 to help deserving students get to and through college. Over the last decade in Louisiana, UNCF has helped over 800 underrepresented students Louisiana students attend college with over $3.5 million in scholarship support. Their work relies on the support of corporations, businesses, clubs, schools, organizations and volunteers who help to make the dream of a college education a reality for our students.

A minimum pledge of $30 through September 28, 2011, entitled participants to a race number, official race day t-shirt, free food and drinks and admission to Audubon Zoo. After September 28 and through race day, the minimum pledge became $35. Throughout the event, walk teams can also competed for prizes based on the amounts of fund raised.