SOLD OUT- UNCF New Orleans Mayor’s Masked Ball Secures Better Futures for the Next Generation of Leaders

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Two-time Grammy Hall of Fame inductees, The O ‘Jays headline the fifth annual signature fundraiser; award-winning journalist Tamron Hall serves as mistress of ceremonies

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The New Orleans UNCF (United Negro College Fund) Mayor’s Masked Ball aims to equip the next generation of leaders with the resources to be successful in today’s climate. Culminating an end-of-the-year campaign, focused on enlightening the country on the importance and significant impact of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), more than 900 education leaders, community influencers and civic officials, including UNCF member- institution presidents, Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough (Dillard University), Dr. C. Reynold Verret, Xavier University and event emcee award-winning journalist Tamron Hall. Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO of UNCF will also be in attendance. The signature fundraiser is co-chaired by Michael O. Smith, general manager, Hyatt Regency New Orleans and Joel Vilmenay, president and GM, WDSU-TV.

WHAT: UNCF New Orleans Mayor’s Masked Ball
The signature fundraiser will feature:

  • Entertainment by Two-time Grammy Hall of Fame inductees, The O ‘Jays
  • VIP reception, silent auction
  • 2018 Nissan Rogue SL Car raffle donated by Supreme Automotive
  • Dinner provided by James Beard award recipient celebrity chefs, including: Chef Leah Chase, Dooky Chase’s Restaurant, chefs from the Link Restaurant Group and Chef Yvan Didelot of the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.
  • Additional entertainment provided by New Orleans recording artist, Stephanie Jordan and Comedian Jonathan Slocumb.

WHEN: Saturday, March 17, 2018 6 p.m. - Reception; 7 p.m.- Gala
WHERE: Hyatt Regency New Orleans
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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 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 more than 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, or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.

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