UNCF to Host 2016 Los Angeles Mayor's Masked Ball

More than 500 expected to attend fundraising event March 11

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Cynetra McMillian
UNCF Communications

LOS ANGELES—More than 500 business, civic and education leaders from across California are expected to attend the Los Angeles UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball on March 11. The fundraising event, hosted by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles UNCF Leadership Council, will help provide scholarship funds for area students.

“The commitment of Mayor Garcetti in investing in better futures is commendable,” said Dr. Michael L. Lomax, UNCF president and CEO. “UNCF is proud of this partnership that brings us together with stakeholders raising awareness and much-needed funds to support students to make it to and through college.”

“College affordability is one of the defining issues of our time, and we must put higher education within reach for everyone who wants to pursue it,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Historically black colleges and universities have helped countless people chase their dreams. I am honored to host the Mayor’s Masked Ball—and thrilled to support UNCF and its donors in their mission to help students.”

Carl Ballton, retired president of Union Bank Foundation, and Helen Easterling Williams, Ed.D., dean of the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology, will be recognized with the UNCF Masked Award in Los Angeles for their dedication and support of UNCF’s work.

“I am so proud to be a part of the UNCF legacy and am thrilled to honor two amazing leaders who have made a tremendous impact in our communities,” said Dana Goland, UNCF regional development director. “In the last four years, since we hosted our first Masked Ball, we have invested more than $2 million in the educational pursuits of local students in the Greater Los Angeles area.”

Chris Schauble, KTLA 5 News co-anchor, will be master of ceremonies at the ball, which begins at 6 p.m. at the J.W. Marriott and features a live auction, elegant dining and dancing. Award-winning music artist Chanté Moore will headline the event.

For more information and sponsorship opportunities, please visit UNCF.org.  Follow this event on social media: @uncf   #MMBLA   #UNCF



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.