SATURDAY! Virtual “March Madness”: UNCF Galas Across the Country

Ten balls. Big names. One spectacular evening. Go online and virtually attend one of UNCF's Masked Balls being conducted March 20 around the country and help students in your area.

Rounding out a month of busy and critical fundraising, UNCF is asking donors, sponsors, friends and supporters of all kinds to come together this weekend and virtually attend and support one of UNCF’s Mayor’s Masked Balls being conducted around the country and help students in need get to and through college at some of the nation’s most important resources for students of color—historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

Each year, UNCF presents its own version of “March Madness,” as local communities cities conduct glamorous masked balls and galas to help students realize their dreams of a college education via HBCUs and many other colleges and universities across the United States.

For 2021, the game has changed. Because of the pandemic, UNCF’s events will be virtual—held online! This means you can attend the event of your choice from the comfort and safety of your home. An even better benefit? Since everything is virtual, you can attend more than one event! Have a special night, where you “travel” across the country, visiting balls in your favorite cities.

The UNCF Masked Balls are premier fundraising and social events, focusing on raising public awareness of the importance of supporting deserving students, and generating large corporate and individual donations to help these students meet the expenses of a higher education. Hosted by a diverse group of corporate sponsors and local businesses, the events involve celebrities, dignitaries, civic leaders, volunteers, public officials, alumni and others who support UNCF’s mission of investing in better futures for us all by empowering students to get to and through college.

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All UNCF Masked Balls will be held Thursday, March 20.


Special Guests to Help You Celebrate!

UNCF is pleased to announce that acclaimed actor, producer and HBCU alumnus Samuel L. Jackson will host the National Gala and make a special appearance at most of our events.





Other special guests and performers are:

“For more than 76 years, UNCF has fueled HBCUs with vital resources to educate generations of African American and other minority students,” said Dr. Michael L. Lomax, UNCF’s president and CEO. “During an unprecedented time in our history compounded by COVID-19 and racial disparities, our students and institutions are faced with enormous challenges now more than ever. We are at risk of washing away a generation of talented and deserving African American and minority students. We need as many donations as possible right now because the students we help now will be our next generation of doctors, nurses, biologists, virologists, epidemiologists—the pandemic frontliners of the future. We invite everyone across the nation to join our upcoming events to help ensure better futures for us all.”

Have a special night where you "travel" across the country visiting galas and balls in your favorite cities.

Masks on table at Milwaukee Mayor's Masked BallSaturday, March 20:  UNCF Mayor’s Masked Balls

Birmingham, AL
UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball

Charlotte, NC
UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball

Columbus, GA
UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball

Florence/Pee Dee area SC
UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball

Dallas, TX
UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball

Hampton Roads, VA
UNCF Mayors’ Masked Ball

Milwaukee, WI
UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball

New Orleans, LA
UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball

Philadelphia, PA
UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball

Upstate SC
Mayors’ Masked Ball

A recent UNCF survey of more than 5,000 students across 17 HBCUs found that many are dealing with difficulties such as sick family members, trouble paying bills and general stress from the ongoing pandemic and recent protests against police brutality. More than ever, support is needed as students and institutions are faced with challenges, including COVID-19 and racial disparities.