Loud music and enthusiasm filled the cool morning air as the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) sponsored its 29th annual Los Angeles “Walk for Education” at Exposition Park Saturday.

The fundraising event is a way for corporate employees, donors, and volunteers in the Southern California area to support the UNCF. According to the organization, the money raised supports more than 3,000 students from California and about 60,000 young people overall.

The students attend more than 900 colleges and universities nationwide, including 39 historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) that are member institutions of UNCF. “With the economic pressures facing our students, it has been very difficult for them to go to school,” says Curtis Silvers, UNCF area director for Los Angeles.