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Awards Presented During Organization’s 24th Anniversary Dinner

NEW YORK (OCTOBER 18, 2011) - The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) will host its 24th Anniversary Dinner on Monday, October 24, 2011, during which the organization’s Alumni Association will honor two accomplished Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) alumni for their exemplary record of community service: Tommy W. Dortch, Fort Valley State University class of 1972; and Carl W. Turnipseed, Morgan State University, class of 1969.

Tommy W. Dortch is the chairman and chief executive officer of TWD, Inc., a consulting firm with an emphasis on business development, public relations and fundraising. A graduate of Fort Valley State University (FVSU) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and pre- professional social work, he enjoys the distinction of being the first to receive an honorary doctorate from the institution. Dortch served three separate terms as the university’s national alumni president and has served on its Foundation Board for 27 years. Additionally, he is an annual donor and chair of the Development Committee for the FVSU Foundation and founder of the FVSU Alumni Hall of Fame. To fill a void for addressing minority business development, Dortch co-founded the advocacy organization Georgia Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (GAME).

As executive vice president, Carl W. Turnipseed helms the Financial Services Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, responsible for its payments operations and a member of the bank’s Management Committee. Turnipseed received his Bachelor of Science degree from Morgan State College, where he excelled in its ROTC Program. In the years since graduation, he has been inducted into the Morgan State University Hall of Fame, serves on the university’s Foundation Board, and is an active member of its Alumni Association. With his impassioned commitment to helping disadvantaged youth achieve their dreams, Turnipseed is a founding member of the Board of Directors of Classroom Inc., a program designed to teach critical thinking skills to middle and high school students through the use of personal, computer-based business simulations. He is also a board member of New York/New Jersey INROADS, Inc., an organization that develops and places talented minority youth in business and industry, and prepares them for corporate and community leadership.

“Because these exceptional gentlemen are products of the HBCU system, they reflect the educational and leadership standard of excellence cultivated at these prestigious institutions,” says TMCF President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. “The TMCF Alumni Leadership Award recognizes those who fully demonstrate the concept of ‘pay it forward’ to their alma maters and within their communities. We believe both Tommy and Carl exemplify this charge through their selfless community activism and alumni participation.”

Hosted at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, this prestigious annual gala marks 24 years of the advancement of TMCF’s core principle – Developing Minds … Delivering Dreams – as the organization grooms the nation’s future leaders of industry, government and education.  TMCF’s 24th Anniversary Dinner honors prominent leaders of community, business, education and government, and recognizes the achievements of 600 emerging graduates from colleges and universities from around the country. These institutions boast such alumni luminaries as Oprah Winfrey, Andrew Young, Ed Bradley, Earl G. Graves, Lionel Richie, Jerry Rice, and Leontyne Price, among others. The dinner serves as the primary fund-raiser to aid the nearly 300,000 students attending TMCF’s 47 public HBCUs in their goal of achieving a higher education.

For more information about the Anniversary Dinner, visit: http://www.thurgoodmarshallfund.net/li-anniversary-awards-dinner/anniversary-dinner-main


The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), named for the U.S. Supreme Court's first African-American justice, was established in 1987. TMCF supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending our 47 member schools, which include public Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs). TMCF's work is critical to guaranteeing our country a robust and diverse pipeline of talented workers and future leaders. 

TMCF achieves its vision of Changing the World … One Leader at a Time by focusing on: scholarships; capacity building and programmatic support; and public policy and advocacy. TMCF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization and has a "Four Star" rating by Charity Navigator.  For up-to-the-minute information about TMCF and its initiatives, visit: www.thurgoodmarshallcollegefund.org.