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The Oral Lee Brown Foundation has been supporting underserved youth in their pursuits of education since 1987 when Mrs. Oral Lee Brown promised a first grade class at Brookfield Elementary School that she would pay their college tuition if they completed high school and were accepted into college. Of the original 24 students, 19 of them went on to graduate college. One child was accepted into college, but became the victim of a violent crime before she could leave. It is the mission of this Foundation  to provide low-income, disadvantaged students the educational support necessary to gain a quality education in grades 1-12, and ultimately to propel them into the college and career of their choice. Once they graduate high school, the students will make their dream of attending college a reality.
Each year we celebrate our students and honor community leaders in our fundraising annual gala. The gala includes a no-host bar, raffles, silent and live auctions, and entertainment. Our 30th Annual Promise and Dinner will be held on July 21, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the Oakland Airport Hilton Hotel. Our guest speaker is Dr. Altira Charles, Professor of Management in the School of Business & Industry at Florida A&M University and CEO of Think Actuality. Her expertise in the field of education, as a business scholar, as a dedicated researcher, author, consultant and facilitator gives her exceptional incite and a unique perspective that can help guide other lives forward.
 
Individual tickets are $125.00. Sponsorships are available. Please join us for this exciting and elegant evening. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please call us at 510.430.3041.
” . . . I want all of our children to be free.” — Mrs. Oral Lee Brown