Jim Clifton, chairman and CEO of the polling company Gallup, made a surprise donation of $1 million to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund last night.
The fund, which provides scholarships to students attending historically black colleges, held its first Washington gala, emceed by Bill Cosby. (“It’s Doctor Huxtable. What’s wrong with you?, ” Cosby snapped in jest, correcting a fan who referred to his character on “The Cosby Show” as a “mister.”)
Thanks to Clifton’s last-minute gift, the affair pulled in nearly $4 million.
“Only about 74 percent of the people in this room knew the words to the National Anthem,” Cosby joked while congratulating the performance of the high school student who sang “The Star Spangled Banner.”
Others at the Washington Hilton included Rep. John Lewis, Georgia Democrat, and Stuart Holliday, president and CEO of the Meridian International Center.