Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 02, 2016
The Washington Area Office of UNCF (United Negro College Fund), in partnership with the District of Columbia, will host the fourth annual UNCF Washington Mayor’s Masked Ball on Saturday, March 5, at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Hosted by District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser, and chaired by Glenn and Debra Mahone, the event will bring together 500 business, civic and education leaders who support UNCF’s work in providing area students with the resources to get to and through college.
“The unchanging commitment of Mayor Muriel Bowser in investing Better Futures is commendable,” stated Dr. Michel L. Lomax, UNCF president and CEO. “Understanding the importance of these investments will pay dividends for all of us when deserving students become the next generation of leaders that the nation’s capital—and the country—needs in the future.”
“I am honored to host the District’s second annual UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball,” said Mayor Bowser. “We want to ensure that youth in the District have a pathway to the middle class, and that begins with a good education. As a result of the UNCF’s efforts, young people across the nation will get a fair shot and the opportunity to achieve their dreams.”
With the commitment of its sponsors, UNCF awarded nearly 400 scholarships totaling $3.6 million to students from the Washington-Maryland-Virginia area last academic year. UNCF also distributed more than $5 million last year to thousands of students who attend colleges across Washington, Virginia and Maryland.
This year’s event sponsors include Vonage, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Steve Canton, Southwest Airlines, Carmen Group, Pepco, DC09, JMA Solutions and Turner Construction. Masked Awards will be presented to A. Scott Bolden, Mount Zion Baptist Church of Arlington, Va. and Sodexo, for their commitment to advancing education efforts.
“We’re proud to support the UNCF and its mission to provide equal access to higher education for all,” said Alan Masarek, CEO of Vonage. “At Vonage, we’re at the cutting edge of innovation, and we’re always looking for the best talent and new ideas. We believe that providing access to higher education will help create the next generation of innovators.”
The UNCF Washington Mayor’s Masked Ball will kick off with a VIP reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and program at 7 p.m. It concludes with the headlining group, Morris Day and the Time, which had a featured role in Prince’s classic 1984 rock musical “Purple Rain.”
For more information and sponsorship opportunities, please visit: uncf.org
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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 nearly 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF awards more than $100 million in scholarships annually and 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. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in.®” Learn more at UNCF.org or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.