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Tom Joyner to help Va Union raise money

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia Union University is getting some help raising money from radio personality Tom Joyner.

The nationally syndicated “The Tom Joyner Morning Show” will feature the university throughout January. The goal is to raise $200,000.

Joyner’s foundation has pledged to match $5,000 from each of five alumni chapters. School officials say that match already has brought in $40,000.

The Tom Joyner Foundation has helped raise money for historically black colleges and universities since 1998. The radio show is aired in 115 markets and reaches nearly 8 million people.

A similar effort to help Virginia Union eight years ago brought in $200,000. School officials say the recession caused them to keep the goal the same instead of raising it.

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