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College Bound, the college access and success nonprofit organization recognized with the Award of Excellence from the National College Attainment Network, is hosting its annual gala, Cap & Gown at home, on Saturday, June 12. After raising more than $945,000 in our first virtual gala in 2020,College Bound's signature event connects and inspires a diverse coalition of community, education and philanthropic leaders who stand for equity in education. College Bound is thrilled to welcome Evernorth as Presenting Sponsor of Cap & Gown 2021. For our second virtual gala, we are curating compelling, fresh content and supporting a range of experiences to connect our champions with the mission and students of College Bound. Three couples are proudly co-chairing the event: Latriece and Orvin Kimbrough have been College Bound advocates and supporters since before the organization's founding. Both first-generation college graduates, they were among the community leaders CB Founder Lisa Zarin spoke with as she sought to learn more about how students who don't come from means navigate the path to and through college. Latriece, who owns a realty business, was part of a program similar to CB when she was in high school, and Orvin, CEO of Midwest Bankcentre, has served as a mentor to CB students through the years. Kimberly and Ron Norwood also joined College Bound's cause in its early days and were drawn to the mission through their personal experiences as the first in their families to attain college degrees. Both went on to post-graduate degrees and roles in leadership at Washington University, where Kimberly serves as Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law, and Lewis Rice, where Ron is Partner and chairs the firm's Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Ron is Vice Chair of College Bound's Board of Directors and a proud mentor of many fellow first-generation college students. Gail and Clif Smart are College Bound's champions across the state in Springfield. Gail, a community voluntee
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