UNCF Masked Awardees: Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Sheryl P. Underwood Honorees Recommit Support for UNCF and HBCU’s

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UNCF (United Negro College Fund,) the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization, hosted the 2nd annual UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball on Saturday, March 2, 2013. This year’s UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball Los Angeles honored NBA Hall of Famer and entrepreneur Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Sheryl P. Underwood, co-host of CBS’ The Talk. Both Johnson ad Underwood endorsed the work of UNCF and the success of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) and pledged to raise money and to help young men and women with financial resources for quality education to fulfill their dreams.

The evening began with a VIP-red carpet reception which included new and legendary stars, from Obba Bebbute, Tracey Walls, Jonathan Sloucomb, Freda Payne, Kiki Shepard, Anna Maria Horsford. Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Sheryl Underwood, Freda Payne, Clifton Davis, Loretta Devine, Billy Davis, Marilyn McCoo, Antonique Smith, Dr. David Swinton, President of Benedict College. Proceeds from the event went to support UNCF students in the Los Angeles area and around the country, providing them with financial support and tools to get to and through college.    

UNCF Mayor’s Masked Balls have become social fixtures across the country, and Los Angeles’ event is now one of Southern California’s premier fundraising galas and social events of the year. The event was held at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City at 7 p.m., hosted by Jim Hill (CBS sports news anchor) and actress/singer/producer, Dawnn Lewis. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa commented on the impact of UNCF and its importance throughout our communities and country.

“The UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball Los Angeles is a chance for everybody who values students and education to have a great time for a great cause,” said Lomax. “UNCF is grateful to Mayor Villaraigosa and the Los Angeles community for making our cause their cause. As a community and as a country, we need to invest in better futures for our students and all of us, and the great turnout we’re expecting will be an investment that will pay dividends in the form of the college graduates Los Angeles and the country badly need.”

The proceeds from the event went to support UNCF students in the Los Angeles area and around the country providing them with financial support and tools to get to and through College. The major supporters included Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. as founding sponsor, Southern California Edison, Union Bank as Ball Co-Chairs, Mattel and Farmers Insurance, as presenting sponsors. The festive evening wrapped up with a closing performance for the award winning group, The Whispers.

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 more than 60,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities across the country. UNCF supports education through scholarships and other programs, but supporting it 38 member colleges and universities, and by advocating 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. The UNCF logo features the torch of leadership in education and UNCF’s widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® But a wonderful thing to invest in. Learn more at http://www.uncf.org or log on to support “Fund the Mission” at http://give.uncf.org/losangeles.


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