UNCF Raises more than $760K for HBCUs and Deserving Students at Philadelphia Mayor’s Masked Ball
Robert Bogle, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Tribute, Comcast Corporation and Wells Fargo all recognized for long-standing support
During an extraordinary night, UNCF (United Negro College Fund) locally celebrated its 75th anniversary March 16 at its Philadelphia UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball and raised more than $760,000 for deserving students and historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Hosted by the honorable Mayor James Kenney, UNCF presented Robert Bogle, president and CEO, Philadelphia Tribune, with a 2019 Masked Award. Comcast Corporation and Wells Fargo also received awards for years-long support of UNCF during the program.
More than 700 guests were in attendance, including event co-chairs Stephanie Mays Boyd, vice president of sales and marketing, Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority; Ric Harris, president and general manager, NBC10/Telemundo62; Alycia Horn, vice president and deputy general counsel, Comcast Cable; Joe H. Tucker, Jr., founder and managing partner, Tucker Law Group; HBCU presidents Dr. Brenda Allen, Lincoln University, and Aaron A. Walton, Cheney University; and Dr. Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO, UNCF.
“There are millions of Americans who, over 75 years, have invested in UNCF and better futures for our students, and through that success, for all of us,” said Lomax. “Tonight, we raised the resources our HBCUs need to do their invaluable work. Tonight, we fund scholarships that narrow the gap between college costs and family resources. And together, we change the narrative of our HBCUs, which help strengthen and elevate a new generation of young, black and gifted students.”
Independence Blue Cross and Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church served as Marquis event sponsors. “We applaud our sponsors for investing their time and resources on behalf of our member HBCUs and their students,” said Greg Lyles, area development director, UNCF.
During the past 75 years, UNCF has helped nearly half a million students earn college degrees. Benefitting HBCUs and students of color, events like the Philadelphia Mayor’s Masked Ball helped UNCF garner the resources to provide more than $3.4 million in scholarships last year to local students.
To view images from this event, visit UNCF.org/Philadelphia.
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 17 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 Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @UNCF.