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Johnson C. Smith University to Hold Arch of Triumph Gala

Charlotte, N.C. (March 18, 2013) – Johnson C. Smith University will hold its fifth annual Arch of Triumph Gala on Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Convention Center. The event will honor John Lewis, U.S. Representative for Georgia's 5th Congressional District; Sheryl Underwood, comedienne, actress and philanthropist; Johnson C. Smith University alumni Eva Green Donaldson, ’48, retired educator, and Melvin T. Pinn Jr., M.D., ’70, senior medical director of Virginia Commonwealth University Health System. Presenting sponsors include Wells Fargo, Carolina HealthCare Systems and Synders-Lance Inc.

The signature black tie event is being held during the university’s 146th Founders’ Week observance. The gala was created to attract alumni and friends of the university to a formal celebration that also helps to support the JCSU Fund. The fund provides necessary financial support for scholarships, teaching and learning initiatives, in addition to programs that are vital to providing a high quality education to JCSU students. Since its inception, the gala has grossed over $876,991.

For tickets or more information contact Katrina Gordon at 704-330-1424 or

Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is an independent, close-knit urban university located in Charlotte, N.C. It has a growing national reputation for integrating the liberal arts with business, the sciences and technology in ways that empower tomorrow’s diverse entrepreneurial citizens and leaders. Offering 23 fields of study to more than 1,600 students from a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds, the university’s excellent academic programs focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility. For more information about JCSU, visit or follow the university on social media sites Facebook , Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and  

Jennifer Gaskins
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing


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