UNCF New Orleans Mayor’s Masked Ball Secures Better Futures for Us All

 Grammy Award-winning Kool and the Gang headline the fourth annual signature fundraiser   

UNCF’s (United Negro College Fund) New Orleans Area office and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will host the 4th annual UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball on Saturday, March 18, at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.  

Emceed by native New Orleanians Stan Verrett, Anchor ESPN and Arthel Neville, Anchor Fox News Network, the event brings together more than 900 business, civic and education leaders in support of UNCF’s work in providing area students the resources to get to and through college. Presidents from two of the 37 private historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) that UNCF supports will also be in attendance: Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough of Dillard University and Dr. C. Reynold Verret of Xavier University of Louisiana. 

Grammy Award-winning group Kool and the Gang, known for hits such as “Jungle Boogie," “Celebration” and “Hollywood Swinging” will headline the event with an electrifying performance. 

“We are grateful for the continued support of Mayor Landrieu and the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. It will be an exciting evening as we bring supporters and stakeholders together to invest in Better Futures,®” said Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D., UNCF's President and CEO. The event is chaired by Hyatt Regency New Orleans General Manager, Michael O. Smith, and President and General Manager of WDSU-TV, Joel Vilmenay. Queen of Creole Cuisine and James Beard Lifetime Award recipient Chef Leah Chase will receive the M.A.S.K.E.D (Mankind Assisting Students Kindle Educational Dreams) Award for her dedication and support of UNCF’s work. This year’s Presenting Sponsor is: Ochsner Health System; Marquis Sponsors: Hyatt Regency New Orleans, Entergy New Orleans, Karen and Henry Coaxum, Donna and Paul Flower, Sherry and Alan Leventhal, members of the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences New Orleans Development Team and WDSU-TV.

“Together we have raised over $4.6 million to benefit students in local Historically Black Colleges and Universities since 2014. I am grateful for the work of UNCF and our sponsors on this important initiative. This partnership will help to carry hundreds of local college students across the finish line and into the careers of their dreams. Investing in the college education of our young people and local institutions will impact New Orleans for generations to come,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

The event will feature a VIP Reception, Silent Auction, 2016 Nissan Maxima car raffle, donated by Supreme Automotive, and dinner provided by award-winning celebrity chefs including Chef Leah Chase of Dooky Chase’s Restaurant, recipient of the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award, and James Beard Award Recipients Chefs Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace, Stephen Stryjewski from Cochon and Peche Restaurants, and Host Chef Eric Damidot of the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. 

Dinner entertainment will be New Orleans native and Grammy Award winning PJ Morton, keyboardist for the pop rock band Maroon 5. 

For sponsorship or ticket information, visit: UNCF.org/nolamaskedball. Follow this event on social media: @UNCF  #MMBNOLA  #UNCF  

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About UNCF
UNCF (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, 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 nearly 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF awards more than $100 million in scholarships annually and 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 more than 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.