IAF/APSCU Announce Kool & the Gang to Play Annual Concert Fundraising Event Presented by Champion College Services, Inc.

Washington, DC (March 5, 2013) – The Imagine America Foundation (IAF) and APSCU are pleased to announce that Kool and the Gang will perform at the Annual IAF Concert during the 2013 APSCU Convention & Exposition in Orlando, Fla. Presented by Champion College Services, the event’s proceeds will help support the Imagine America Scholarship and Award Programs, financial aid resources and future research.

“Champion’s belief that ‘education is a means for making dreams come true’ has always been in alignment with the goals of the Imagine America Foundation,” said Mary Lyn Hammer, President and CEO of Champion College Services.  “It is with great pleasure that we have escalated our support of IAF as their event sponsor to facilitate record-level fundraising for educating the students we serve.”

The annual convention will be held June 5-7 and is expected to attract over 2,500 attendees. Open to all guests at the convention, the highly anticipated concert taking place June 6th will help IAF and APSCU celebrate the many milestones and accomplishments captured over the last year in the higher education landscape. All convention attendees will be able to attend the concert; however as part of IAF’s fundraising initiatives, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase VIP Packages for the evening.

“This event gathers some of the most influential, intelligent leaders in career education and provides a unique opportunity for the development and improvement of higher education across the nation,” said Steve Gunderson, CEO of APSCU. We are grateful to share our dedication for educational advancement with both Champion College Services, Inc. and IAF, who have undoubtedly made this event possible.”

Kool & the Gang has sold over 70 million albums worldwide and influenced the music of three generations. Thanks to songs like Celebration, Cherish, Jungle Boogie, Summer Madness and Open Sesame they've earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits, nine Top Ten Pop hits and 31 gold and platinum albums. Kool & the Gang have performed continuously for the past 35 years, longer than any R&B group in history. Their bulletproof funk and jazzy arrangements have also made them the most sampled band of all time.

“We are grateful to APSCU and Champion College Services for supporting one of our largest fundraising events of the year,” said Robert L. Martin, President and CEO of the Imagine America Foundation. “This event not only helps us support career college students with scholarships and awards, but also allows us to create tools such as our Financial Planning Made Simple (FPMS) video tutorial.”

The Imagine America Foundation is the career sector’s largest provider of scholarship funds, giving more than $75 million in scholarships and awards since the organization’s inception. Each year, IAF works with 900 career schools to provide scholarships that help students achieve their dreams. Over 23,000 students received tuition assistance last year.  However, IAF is more than scholarships.  Since March 2011, 30,000 applicants have completed the IAF Financial Planning Made Simple (FPMS) Tool.  Through FPMS, 49% of survey respondents said they decide to borrow less money for school.    

For more information about the Imagine America Foundation annual fundraiser, go to www.imagine-america.org/specialevents.

About the Imagine America Foundation
The Imagine America Foundation (IAF), established in 1982, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing scholarships for education, research and training support for the career college sector. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided over $75 million in scholarship and award support for graduating high school seniors, adult learners and U.S. military personnel attending career colleges nationwide through its award-winning Imagine America(R) programs. The Foundation also publishes vital research publications for the higher education sector, honors achievement in career education and offers comprehensive employee development programs through its Center for Excellence in Education. For more information about the Imagine America Foundation's programs, please visit www.imagine-america.org.