“An Evening with Kathie Lee Gifford & Hoda Kotb” will Benefit Middlesex Community College Student Scholarships

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The 18th annual Middlesex Community College Celebrity Forum will feature Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, co-hosts of the Emmy Award-winning fourth hour of NBC’s “Today” show, at 8 p.m. Friday, June 3, in the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. Tickets went on sale Friday, January 29.

Proceeds from Celebrity Forum support Middlesex Community College Foundation student scholarships. Since 2004, more than $200,000 in Celebrity Forum Scholarships has been awarded to 86 Middlesex students. In addition to Celebrity Forum Scholarships, the MCC Foundation annually awards more than $100,000 in student scholarships.

Tickets  for the fundraiser are $100, $65, $55 and $45. They can be purchased by calling the Lowell Memorial Auditorium Box Office at 866-722-8881 or online at www.lowellauditorium.com  or in person at the LMA Box Office, 50 E. Merrimack St., Lowell. For group sales of 15 or more, contact Jocelyn Prieto at 978-934-5751 or email jocelyn_prieto@uml.edu

About Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb

Kathie Lee Gifford - Courtesy image
Kathie Lee Gifford – Courtesy image

Though probably best known for her 15 years on TV’s “Regis and Kathie Lee,” Gifford is also a successful actress, singer, songwriter, playwright, author and philanthropist. She made her Broadway debut in 2000 in Stephen Sondheim’s “Putting It Together,” and in 2005 her first musical, “Under The Bridge” (book/lyrics and contributing composer), opened off Broadway. In 2012, her musical “Scandalous” (book/lyrics) received a Tony Award nomination.

Gifford is the New York Times best-selling author of many books. In 2014, she self-published “Good Gifts, One Year in the Heart of a Home” with more than $1 million in sales going directly to the Salvation Army’s Red Box Campaign. She is also a
long-time supporter of the Association to Benefit Children’s Cody House and Cassidy’s Place, which provide a transitional home for infants and children who have severe disabilities and serious medical problems.

Hoda Kotbe - Courtesy image (c) all rights reserved
Hoda Kotbe – Courtesy image (c) all rights reserved

Kotb, a television news anchor, author and philanthropist, began hosting the 10 a.m. hour of “Today” when it debuted in 2007. She has also been a “Dateline NBC” correspondent since 1998. A New York Times best-selling author, Kotb just released her third book, “Where We Belong: Journeys That Show Us the Way.”

Kotb has received numerous broadcast awards, including a Gracie Award for Individual Achievement, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, a Peabody and an Edward R. Murrow Award. She is a seven-year breast-cancer survivor and has been part of several initiatives to raise awareness about the disease.

About the MCC Celebrity Forum

MCC’s Celebrity Forum is an annual event that presents well-known personalities for the educational and cultural enrichment of area residents. Presenting Sponsor of all 18 Celebrity Forum events is The TJX Companies, Inc.

Past Celebrity Forum speakers include Walter Cronkite with Doris Kearns Goodwin, Colin Powell, former President George Bush with former First Lady Barbara Bush, Rudy Giuliani, David McCullough, Barbara Walters, Tim Russert, Geena Davis, Mike Wallace and Chris Wallace, Jay Leno, Sarah Ferguson, Ken Burns, Robin Roberts, Michael J. Fox, former First Lady Laura Bush with Jenna Bush Hager, Robert Redford and William Shatner.

For information about Celebrity Forum sponsorship opportunities, visit https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/CF16 or contact MCC Dean of College Advancement Dennis Malvers at 781-280-3514.

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