2018 New Orleans UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball Raised $1.7 million for HBCUs

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Education advocate the honorable Mitch Landrieu, mayor, city of New Orleans honored with the 2018 UNCF MASKED award.

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$1.7 million was raised at the 5th annual UNCF New Orleans Mayor’s Masked Ball, held on March 17 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Honoring education advocate Mayor Mitch Landrieu, more than 900 guests, including UNCF member-institution presidents Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough (Dillard University) and Dr. C. Reynold Verret (Xavier University of Louisiana) came together for a great cause—education. Award-winning journalist, Tamron Hall served as mistress of ceremonies.

“Tonight, we honor longtime mayor and host of UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball, Mayor Mitch Landrieu,” said Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO, UNCF. “The man whose support has made it possible for thousands of New Orleanians to go to and through college at Xavier, Dillard and our other historically black college and universities.”

Chaired by Hyatt Regency New Orleans General Manager, Michael O. Smith, and President and General Manager of WDSU-TV, Joel Vilmenay, the event benefits historically black colleges and universities, by equipping minority students with the resources necessary to transition into college and ultimately the workforce. This year’s presenting sponsor was: 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 the New Orleans Saints.

The event featured a VIP reception, live and 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, Stephen Stryjewski of the Link Restaurant Group, also from the Link Restaurant Group, Chef Bill Jones, and Chef Maggie Scales and Chef Yvan Didelot of the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Two-time Grammy Hall of Fame inductees, The O ‘Jays headlined the gala, with additional entertainment provided by New Orleans recording artist, Stephanie Jordan and Comedian Jonathan Slocumb.

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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 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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