An Evening of Stars Brings Out A-Listers

Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and Patti LaBelle highlight the 33rd annual UNCF fundraiser.

Posted: 08/10/2011 02:59 PM EDT
Jill Scott

Some of the hottest names in R&B are set to tear up the stage Sunday night during the 33rd annual UNCF: An Evening of Stars.

 

Erykah Badu, Anthony Hamilton, Patti LaBelle, Jill Scott, Ledisi, Marsha Ambrosius, Estelle, Musiq Souchild and Miguel are all scheduled to perform in an effort to raise money in order to send young students to college.

 

“We welcome Patti LaBelle, Jill Scott, Ledisi, Marsha Ambrosius, Estelle, Musiq Soulchild and Miguel as the first stars to come out for what we think will be a spectacular UNCF An Evening of Stars,” said Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D., president and CEO of the United Negro College Fund. “Along with many other stars, they’ll provide the music in our exciting new format, which combines the hottest talent with moving success stories of young men and women who are building careers based on a good education.”

 

And the performers won’t be the only stars gracing the Pasadena Civic Center stage at the 33rd annual UNCF An Evening of Stars.

 

The list of presenters at Saturday’s fundraising event are highlighted by a pair of stars from BET’s The Game, Hosea Chanchez and Coby Bell. Joining Malik and Jason at An Evening of Stars are Tatyana Ali (Fresh Prince of Bel Air), Jill Marie Jones (Girlfriends), Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee), Monique Jackson and Kita Williams (The TO Show), Shaun Robinson (Access Hollywood), Kenny Smith (Inside the NBA), Brian White (Stomp the Yard), Lance Gross (House of Payne), Sean Patrick Thomas (Save the Last Dance) and comedian Sheryl Underwood.

 

The theme of this year’s An Evening of Stars is “Educating Our Future.” The show is made possible by Target, Presenting Sponsor of UNCF An Evening of Stars,  and National Sponsors McDonald's and AT&T. Official and Major Sponsors include American Airlines, Wells Fargo, BET Networks, Buick and the U.S Army.

 

Since 1979, An Evening of Stars has been one of the longest running and most successful events on television. During its 32-year history, An Evening of Stars has raised more than $200 million thanks in part to the support of A-list celebrity talent including Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson and Ne-Yo.

 

The 33rd Annual UNCF An Evening of Stars airs on BET Sunday, Sept. 25, 10P/9C.

(Photo: Scott Gries/Getty Images)