UNCF and Civic and Business Leaders Party with a Purpose at Dallas’ Inaugural UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball

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Glamorous Evening Will Raise Funds in Support of Dallas Students and Education

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The Dallas office of UNCF (the United Negro College Fund will be joined by Mayor Mike Rawlings to party with a purpose at the inaugural UNCF Masked Ball on Saturday, February 22, 2014, a the Sheraton Hotel Downtown Dallas. The annual event is a black tie evening of elegance in support of education that will bring together an estimated 500 business, civic and education leaders to provide vitally needed funds to provide North Texas students with the support they need to get to and through college.

“I am excited to be here to help Dallas celebrate its inaugural UNCF Masked Ball, a wonderful event that brings together all of us who care about making sure we continue to provide students with the education they need, and that we need them to have,” said Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D., president and CEO, UNCF. “The investment we are making in better futures for them tonight will pay dividends for all of us when they become the next generation of leaders that Dallas – and all of us - need in the future.”

Tarrant County College District Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley serves as honorary chair of the UNCF Masked Ball. Co-chairs are:

  •     Lamonte Thomas, president, Cigna North Texas and Oklahoma, and Rhonda Tomas;
  •     Reggie Perry, executive director/general manager, Hewlett-Packard, and Lisa Perry, president, Illusions by Lisa Perry.

Frito-Lay, Inc., is the event’s Presenting Sponsor. American Airlines is the event’s Marquis Sponsor. Masked Sponsors are:

  •     Alliance Data;
  •     Ben E. Keith;
  •     Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas; BNSF Railway;
  •     Cigna;
  •     Coca Cola Refreshments;
  •     Dr. Pepper Snapple Group;
  •     Neiman Marcus;
  •     Wells Fargo.

The Dallas UNCF Masked Ball will open with a VIP reception for sponsors. There will also be a general reception, dinner, and program including silent and live auctions, which will be followed by dancing. Guests will also be treated to a special performance by electrifying artists Chanté Moore and Heatwave.

American Airlines will receive the Excellence In Education Award for their support of UNCF and its work to build a robust pipeline of qualified African American college graduates. Gail Warrior, owner, Warrior Construction, will receive the Masked Award for her support of UNCF.

“We are grateful for the support of our sponsors and the investment they are making in better futures for our students and building a college ready culture here that will ensure a robust pipeline of qualified college graduates,” said Angela Johnson, area development director, UNCF. “This support is the force multiplier that allows us to do work that we do every day on behalf of our students and HBCUs.”

For information about sponsorship and ticket availability, please contact the Dallas UNCF office at 972-234-1007.

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 20 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 900 colleges and universities. Learn more at http://www.uncf.org.

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