Grammy Winner Rocks the Night

Grammy winner gets everyone on their feet and duets with college president at rockin' gala

Grammy winner duets with college president at rockin' UNCF gala

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Huston-Tillotson University president Colette Burnette gets down with Grammy winner Jeffrey Osborne. Courtesy of United Negro College Fund
News, UNCF Gala, Nov. 2015, Jeffrey Webber, Kethia Webber, Michael Lomax, Sara Foshee, Doug Foshee
Jeffrey Webber, Kethia Webber, Michael Lomax, Sara Foshee, Doug Foshee. Courtesy of United Negro College Fund
News, UNCF Gala, Nov. 2015, Laurie Vignaud, Colleen Dippel

Gala chairs Laurie Vignaud, College Dippel.
Courtesy of United Negro College Fund
News, UNICEF Gala, Nov. 2015,Michael Feinberg, Michael L. Lomax
Michael Feinberg, U.S. Rep. Al Green, Michael Lomax. Courtesy of United Negro College Fund
News, UNCF Gala, Nov. 2015, Michael Lomax, name, Anita Smith, Gerald Smith
Michael Lomax, Ann Best, Anita Smith, Gerald Smith. Courtesy of United Negro College Fund
News, UNCF Gala,  Nov. 2015, Sylvester Turner, Al Green
State Rep. Sylvester Turner, U.S. Rep. Al Green. Courtesy of United Negro College Fund
News, UNCF Gala, Nov. 2015,  Colette Burnette, Jeffrey Osborne
News, UNCF Gala, Nov. 2015, Jeffrey Webber, Kethia Webber, Michael Lomax, Sara Foshee, Doug Foshee
News, UNCF Gala, Nov. 2015, Laurie Vignaud, Colleen Dippel
News, UNICEF Gala, Nov. 2015,Michael Feinberg, Michael L. Lomax
News, UNCF Gala, Nov. 2015, Michael Lomax, name, Anita Smith, Gerald Smith
News, UNCF Gala,  Nov. 2015, Sylvester Turner, Al Green

What: United Negro College Fund (UNCF) "A Mind Is . . . Gala."

Where: Hilton Americas-Houston.

The 411: It was a record night for the scholarship fundraiser that brought in $550,000 thanks in no small part to honorary chairs Sara and Doug Foshee and gala chairs Colleen Dippel and Laurie Vignaud. UNCF president and CEO Michael L. Lomax presented Excellence in Education honors to Anita and Gerald Smith and John and Drucie Chase Young Builders honors to Ann Best.

Grammy Award winner Jeffrey Osborne had the crowd on its feet, including Huston-Tillotson University president Colette Burnette, who joined the R&B talent in singing along with microphone in hand. Kambrel Marshall and Gina Gaston emceed the black-tie gala attended by 500.

Who: Merele Yarborough, mayoral candidates Sylvester Turner and Bill King, Kethia and Jeffrey Webber, Mike Feinberg, Congressman Al GreenClaire and Joe Greenberg and UNCF area development director Juana Collins.