UNCF Celebrates the 5th Annual New Orleans Mayor’s Masked Ball

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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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UNCF’s (United Negro College Fund) New Orleans area office and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will host the 5th annual UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball on Saturday, March 17th at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Emceed by award-winning journalist Tamron Hall, the event brings together more than 900 business, civic and education leaders, including Dillard University’s president Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough and Dr. C. Reynold Verret, president of Xavier University of Louisiana. Two-time Grammy Hall of Fame inductees, The O’Jays will headline the evening with an electrifying performance.

“Mayor Landrieu’s commitment to UNCF has been unwavering,” said Michael L. Lomax president and CEO, UNCF. “Mayor Landrieu understands the significant impact of HBCUs; locally, through the jobs they create and the expenditures they make in the cities where they are located.”

Benefiting historically black colleges and universities, UNCF aims to change the narrative of HBCUs across the nation by equipping minority students with the resources necessary to transition into college and ultimately the workforce.

With the help of the Louisiana community, thousands of area students, attending member institutions such as, Dillard University and Xavier University of Louisiana have been provided scholarships and additional resources to further their education. And now, with the release of UNCF’s new publication, HBCUs Make America Strong: The Positive Economic Impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, we know graduates from Louisiana HBCUs contributed $923 million to the total economic impact and 8,454 in total employment impact to the state of Louisiana.    

The event is chaired by Hyatt Regency New Orleans General Manager, Michael O. Smith, and President and General Manager of WDSU-TV, Joel Vilmenay. This year’s presenting sponsor is: Ochsner Health System; marquis sponsors: Hyatt Regency New Orleans, Entergy New Orleans, WDSU-TV, Karen and Henry Coaxum, Donna and Paul Flower, Sherry and Alan Leventhal, members of the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences New Orleans Development Team and New Orleans Saints.

The event will feature a VIP reception, silent auction, 2018 Nissan Rogue SL Car raffle donated by Supreme Automotive and 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 will be provided by New Orleans recording artist, Stephanie Jordan and Comedian Jonathan Slocumb.

For sponsorship or ticket information, please contact: http://www.uncf.org/nolamaskedball

Follow this event on social media: @uncf #MMBNOLA #UNCF

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 UNCF.org, or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.

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