Oprah donates over $1M for NC students, colleges at Charlotte fundraiser

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Oprah Winfrey surprised the United Negro College Fund in Charlotte Saturday afternoon and helped them reach a major fundraising goal.

The organization held its 17th annual Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon Saturday, trying to raise money to help North Carolina students and historically black colleges and universities.

The organization had raised a little over $1.1 million, but when Winfrey started speaking, she announced she would match it.

"I'm also here today because I believe in the power of education. There is nothing better than to open the door of opportunity for someone," said Winfrey.

Winfrey's donation means the organization exceeded its $1.5 million goal.