UNCF Exceeds Fundraising Goal at 32nd Annual Atlanta Mayor's Masked Ball

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Cynetra McMillian
UNCF Communications


(ATLANTA) — A record $1.1 million was raised at UNCF’s Atlanta Mayor’s Masked Ball on Dec. 19, exceeding its fundraising goal. More than 1,500 guests attended the 32nd annual event, which was hosted by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, UNCF President and CEO Dr. Michael L. Lomax and UNCF Executive Vice President Maurice E. Jenkins at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

Hundreds of business, civic and education leaders attended, including co-chairs Shan Cooper, vice president and general manager-Marietta, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., and D. Jack Sawyer, Jr., president, Southeastern region, Wilmington Trust, and 13 past and present UNCF college presidents. Support from marquis sponsors Coca-Cola Co., Delta Air Lines, the Atlanta Marriott Marquis and UPS, along with support from many other committed donors, will help area students receive the necessary resources to get to and through college. 

“I strongly believe HBCUs are vital in preparing the next generation of African American business owners, attorneys, doctors, artists and civic leaders and I am honored that with our annual UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball, we are able to help fund the education of thousands of students matriculating at the Atlanta University Center,” Reed said. “This year’s gala was truly a night to remember, and I thank the UNCF for their unwavering commitment to our nation’s future leaders.” 

Honored with UNCF's Masked Award were Walter Dukes, retired senior vice president, Georgia Power, and UNCF-member institution presidents emeriti, Dr. Carlton Brown, formerly of Clark Atlanta University, and Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, formerly of Spelman College.

In just the past eight years, UNCF’s Atlanta Mayor’s Masked Ball has raised almost $10 million to support students who attend Atlanta’s four UNCF-member institutions—Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College and Spelman College—as well as Atlanta students attending other UNCF colleges and universities, and all the 60,000 students who attend UNCF-member institutions. 

“The multi-year partnership and support from Mayor Reed—himself a proud HBCU alumnus—and the contributions of time and treasure from sponsors, volunteers, and attendees made this 32nd annual Mayor’s Masked Ball the smashing success that it was, and will translate into more than $1 million in support for UNCF’s member institutions and scholarships for their students,” Dr. Lomax said.  “And that’s just part of what UNCF invests in Atlanta and Georgia. UNCF awards 774 scholarships worth over $10 million to Georgia students each year, and almost 400 scholarships, worth $3.5 million, to Atlanta students. That support is a generous helping hand for deserving young men and women and a wise investment in better futures for our students, and, through their success, for all of us.”

The black-tie event included a VIP reception, Parade of Stars, three-course dinner and entertainment by R&B singer Johnny Gill.

For more information on how you can support the work of UNCF, please contact the Atlanta UNCF office at 404.302.8623. 



About UNCF 
UNCF (the United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, supports and strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 21 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, ‟A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at UNCF.org or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.