Bill Cosby’s Effort Teaches Central State University to “Fish”

Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, was presented with a unique challenge by comedian Bill Cosby. Cosby promised that if the university could raise $2 million by April 1, he would perform free of charge in a benefit for the university at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus. Cosby told the campus community, “I don’t want to be in the check-writing business anymore. What I want to do is to teach people how to fish.”

The money was raised well in advance of the deadline and the benefit concert is scheduled for April 18. More than $250,000 will be raised from ticket sales. The money raised will be used to strengthen academic programs, enhance learning facilities, and to expand merit- and need-based scholarship programs.