UNCF Exceeds Fundraising Goal at Eighth Annual Indianapolis Masked Ball

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Cynetra McMillian
UNCF Communications


INDIANAPOLIS—A record $709,000 was raised at UNCF’s Indianapolis eighth annual Masked Ball on Dec. 4, exceeding its fundraising goal. More than 900 business, civic and education leaders attended the event, which was held at the JW Marriott Indianapolis. UNCF President and CEO Dr. Michael L. Lomax and U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) were among the attendees.

Bart Peterson, senior vice president of corporate affairs and communications at Eli Lilly and Co., was corporate chair of the event. With support from guests and sponsors, including Anthem, Eli Lilly and Co., BCforward and Old National Bank, area students will receive resources to help get to and through college.

Lilly Endowment, Inc., was honored with the UNCF Masked Award, which was accepted by Lilly Endowment President N. Clay Robbins. Other honorees were Damion Miller, an Anthem Corporate Scholar who attends UNCF-member institution Wiley College, and Trebor Goodall, a Gates Millennium Scholar who attends the University of Notre Dame. The event also included a tribute to the late Amos Brown, a longtime UNCF supporter and friend, whose wife, sister and granddaughter were present.

Guests were treated to entertainment by The Whispers, an R&B group. Emcees for the evening were WISH-TV anchor Lori Wilson and actor and comedian J. Anthony Brown. Thirty student volunteers from area high schools were also on hand to ensure a successful event.

For more information on how you can support the work of UNCF, please contact the Indianapolis UNCF office at 317.283.3920. To view images from the event, please visit www.facebook.com/UNCF/posts/Indianapolis.



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.