“March Madness” of Galas Across the Country

Attend one of UNCF's Masked Balls or "A Mind Is..." Galas being conducted in March around the country and help students in your area.


UNCF will present its own version of “March Madness,” as cities around the country conduct glamorous masked balls and galas to help students realize their dreams of a college education.

The UNCF Masked Ball and the "A Mind Is..." Gala are premier fundraising and social events, focusing on raising public awareness of the importance of supporting deserving students, and generating large corporate and individual donations to help these students meet the expenses of a higher education. Hosted by a diverse group of corporate sponsors and local businesses, the events involve celebrities, dignitaries, civic leaders, volunteers, public officials, alumni and others who support UNCF’s mission of investing in better futures for us all by getting students to and through college.

South Carolina’s Upstate region, Philadelphia and Virginia’s Hampton Roads area residents: Check the dates below, mark your calendars, grab your black tie and gown, and join your neighbors as they dance the night away, bid on fabulous auction items, and support students in your communities!

March Galas

March 24

Upstate South Carolina Mayor’s Masked Ball
Hyatt Regency Greenville

Hosted by the mayors of Greenville, Anderson and Greer, with actor, educator and  entrepreneur Lamman Rucker as key speaker. Entertainment by Mike Stone and the Kritikal Band.

Philadelphia Mayor’s Masked Ball
Pennsylvania Convention Center

Honoring Dr. William R. Hite Jr., superintendent, school district of Philadelphia; Sheinelle Jones, weekend host, NBC “Weekend TODAY”; Paul A. Tufano, Chairman and CEO, AmeriHealth Caritas; and Parx Casino. 

March 31

Hampton Roads Mayor’s Masked Ball
Hilton Norfolk The Main

Honoring Access College Foundation; L.D. Britt, Eastern Virginia Medical School; Bruce Thompson, CEO, Gold Key | PHR; Sentara Healthcare and the Decker family. Hosted by the mayors of Norfolk, Newport News, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach and Hampton, and the president of Virginia Union University, a UNCF-member institution. Entertainment by the Fuzz Band.