This past weekend, Oprah Winfrey shocked a Charlotte crowd when she announced a $1.15 million donation toward local scholarships in the United Negro College Fund.
The OWN network owner made the surprise announcement Saturday afternoon during her speech at Charlotte’s 17th annual Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon.
While she was speaking the running tally of the fundraiser was hovering just over $1.15 million. She suddenly made the shocking announcement that she would be matching the total of everything that was raised that day.
.@Oprah came to town and didn't disappoint! Before surprising guests by donating $1 million at the Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon in Charlotte, she had a special message for the ladies in the crowd.
“Put yourself first!” pic.twitter.com/ROWEMAqHL0
— Spectrum News CLT (@SpecNewsCLT) September 28, 2019
United Negro College Fund officials in Charlotte were hoping the event would raise at least $500,000 for local scholarships – with the surprise matching gift, that goal was more than quadrupled.
Oprah will be returning to Charlotte this coming January for a massive public event at the Spectrum Center.