UNCF and Civic and Business Leaders Announce the Indianapolis UNCF Masked Ball

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Glamorous Evening Will Raise Funds in Support of Indianapolis Students and UNCF Member Institutions with a Special Tribute to UNCF Partner William G. Mays

The Indianapolis area office of UNCF (the United Negro College Fund) will join Civic and Business Leaders in support of education at the UNCF 7th Annual Masked Ball on Friday, December 12, 2014 from 5:30p.m. to 11:00p.m., at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. The annual event is a black tie evening of elegance that will bring together hundreds of business, civic and education leaders to provide vitally needed funds to provide Indianapolis students with the support they need to get to and through college, and to support UNCFs 37 Member Institutions.

“I am excited to be in Indianapolis to celebrate the 7th annual 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 will pay dividends for all of us when they become the next generation of leaders our country need in the future.”

Bart Peterson (former mayor of Indianapolis), Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs and Communications, Eli Lilly and Company serves as the 2014 UNCF Masked Ball’s corporate chairperson. Lilly is the event’s Presenting Sponsor and Anthem serving as vice chair

The Indianapolis UNCF Masked Ball will open with a VIP reception for dignitaries. There will also be a fabulous general reception, elegant dinner, and program including silent and live auctions and the new Gem Dig. Guests will also be treated to a special performance by the legendary, Multi-Platinum Award winning Jeffery Osborne.

“We are grateful for the commitment of all of our statewide supporters 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 Andrea Neely, UNCF Regional Development Director. “This support is the force multiplier that allows us to do work that we do every day on behalf of our students and HBCUs.”

Each year UNCF recognizes local students who are future leaders that are excelling academically in college due to the support they receive from UNCF through the community’s donations. This year UNCF will recognize Brittany Harvey who attends Indiana University and Whitney Turner who attends Hampton University.

Last year, the 6th Annual Indianapolis Masked Ball raised more than $500,000 to support the deserving students who attend UNCF’s 37 member colleges and universities. The Indianapolis Masked Ball helps to support more than 300 Indiana students and students across the country who attend UNCF’s member colleges and universities as well as Indiana institutions.

For tickets or additional information on the Indianapolis Masked Ball contact the UNCF Indianapolis area office at 317-283-3920 or log onto http://www.UNCF.org/Indianapolis and click on Local Office Calendar. For more information about UNCF, please visit http://www.uncf.org.

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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