Jenifer Lewis Returns for Centennial Gala

Aug. 26, 2015

Jenifer Lewis Returns for Centennial Gala
Jenifer Lewis

ST LOUIS - “Blackish” star Jenifer Lewis returns to St. Louis for Webster University’s black-tie Centennial Gala in November. Lewis is a St. Louis-born actress, singer, community activist and Webster University alumna from 1979. “Blackish” is a hit ABC television show that was recently renewed for a second season.

The Gala will top off Webster University’s 100th Anniversary year at the historic and newly remodeled St. Louis Union Station on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m.

“We are planning an elegant and inclusive affair to commemorate this historic year,” said Marilyn Fox, Centennial Gala chair. “Hosting in Union Station with its extraordinary splendor will make the occasion even more memorable.” Fox currently serves on the Webster University Board of Trustees and on the Webster University Centennial Committee. She and her husband, Ambassador Sam Fox, annually support more than 20 Webster University students through the Fox Family Foundation Scholarship and the Sam & Marilyn Fox Endowed Scholarship.

“The Centennial Gala will present our very talented alumna, Jennifer Lewis, and showcase some of our impressive students,” said Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble, president of Webster University. “We encourage everyone in the region to come celebrate with us on what will be a remarkable evening to top off our Centennial year and propel us into the future.”

Born and raised in the St. Louis County suburb of Kinloch, Lewis is the youngest of seven children. After graduating from Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts with a bachelor’s degree, she launched a successful entertainment career spanning more than 35 years and resulting in more than 200 television appearances, 60 films and four Broadway shows. Lewis received the Doctor of Humane Letters this year for her career accomplishments and many international community engagement efforts, most notably as an AIDS activist and mentor to children and as a Human Rights Campaign Ally for Equality. She also served as Webster University’s Commencement Speaker during the May graduation ceremony.

Gala proceeds will benefit the Webster University Next Century Leaders Scholarship Fund which provides critical support to Webster students and helps to set them on a path to success. These scholarships help to relieve students of the need for second jobs and excessive financial aid loans, allowing them to devote more concentrated attention to their academic work.

For more information about purchasing Centennial Gala tickets, donating as a Centennial Gala Sponsor or to the Webster University Next Century Leaders Scholarship Fund, visit or call the Webster University Office of Advancement at (314) 968-7148.

About Webster University: With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University ( comprises an action-oriented global network of faculty, staff, students and alumni who forge powerful bonds with each other and with their communities around the globe. Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with almost 20,000 students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.

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