Bill Cosby mingles
with Midge and Doug Bennet during a gala benefit in New York Jan. 17.(Photo by Bill Burkhart)
An Evening With Bill Cosby Raises $2.5M for Scholarships
Bill Cosby donated his talents to a gala benefit
performance at the Pierre Hotel in New York City Jan. 17, raising $2.5 million for
Wesleyan scholarships from the more than 400 individuals in attendance.
Cosby, father of Erica ’87, is widely known for his personal commitment to
education and his generous support of educational causes.
Cosby spoke warmly of the efforts by Wesleyan alumni to support financial
aid and said, “Mrs. Cosby and I believe that the price of education in the
United States of America shouldn’t be unattainable.”
He delivered a comedic monologue that had the value of education as a
central theme. Following the performance, Vice President for University
Relations Barbara-Jan Wilson announced that a four-year Wesleyan scholarship
had been named in Cosby’s honor.
Cosby received a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Wesleyan in 1987.