|Bill Cosby mingles with Midge and Doug Bennet during a gala benefit in New York Jan. 17.(Photo by Bill Burkhart)|
| Bill Cosby donated his talents to a gala benefit performance at the Pierre Hotel in New York City Jan. 17, raising $2.5 million for Wesleyan scholarships from the more than 400 individuals in attendance. Cosby, father of Erica 87, is widely known for his personal commitment to education and his generous support of educational causes.
Cosby spoke warmly of the efforts by Wesleyan alumni to support financial aid and said, Mrs. Cosby and I believe that the price of education in the United States of America shouldnt be unattainable.
He delivered a comedic monologue that had the value of education as a central theme. Following the performance, Vice President for University Relations Barbara-Jan Wilson announced that a four-year Wesleyan scholarship had been named in Cosbys honor.
Cosby received a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Wesleyan in 1987.