It was a surprise straight out of Oprah's playbook.
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According to The Charlotte Observer, while addressing people at 17th annual Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon, Winfrey said she would match the $1.15M that was raised by donors.
The crowd immediately went wild.
The United Negro College Fund organization, the recipients of the funds, were only expecting to raise $500K during the event. The money helps students in the Charlotte, N.C. region attend historically black colleges.
"We do want to make this the world record-breaking event," Winfrey said.
Officials with UNCF reported the total amount raised during the luncheon topped $2.3M.