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Friendship Night Cancelled in Favor of Charitable Giving

$50,000 Donated to Charities

With myriad activities occurring at the convention center for the Essence Festival, NEA will not have Friendship Night this year. Instead, we are celebrating by doing good for others.

We have made a $25,000 contribution to Plan It Now, a group dedicated to emergency preparedness in hurricane-prone areas including the Gulf Coast, and a $25,000 donation to our NEA-HIN charities:

  • the Ryan White Memorial HIV Education Fund and
  • the Vivian Roy Bowser Cancer Fund.

These funds are used to educate the nation¹s school employees about HIV, AIDS, and the importance of early detection screening for cancer.