UNCF 2019 Mayor's Masked Ball Jermaine Dupri Accepts Award
Raising Over $1.4 Million for HBCUs and Deserving Area Students Sold-out Affair Brought the Who's Who of Atlanta

ATLANTA - GeorgiaChron -- The 36th Annual UNCF Atlanta Mayor's Masked Ball exceeded its own record-breaking fundraising of 2018 by bringing in more than $1.4 million during the 2019 event. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms hosted the Ball for UNCF-member institutions. The signature fundraising event had more than 1,300 attendees, including UNCF president Dr, Michael L. Lomax, co-chairs Helen Smith Price, Coca-Cola Vice President of Global Community Affairs and President of the Coca-Cola Foundation and Eduardo Martinez, President, The UPS Foundation and UPS Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer and Ball co-founders Mrs. Billye Suber Aaron and Ambassador Andrew Young; and UNCF-member institution presidents.

"The Atlanta Masked Ball is UNCF's signature event and a significant opportunity to keep students in school and help them graduate and go on to secure successful careers. It is always a spectacular evening, and we are grateful to the Mayor, other notables and leaders of Atlanta who shared in our efforts to raise vital funds for HBCU students attending UNCF member schools in Atlanta," said Dr. Lomax.

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Ball highlights included the presentation of the MASKED award to rapper, songwriter, record producer and record executive Jermaine Dupri for his contributions to UNCF, a spectacular main performance by Charlie Wilson, a VIP Masked Award reception, silent and live auctions, elegant dining and dancing and entertainment by Clark Atlanta University Jazz Band. A host of celebrities, dignitaries and influencers attended, including Tamron Hall as mistress of ceremonies, honoree Jermaine Dupri, Morris Chestnut, Shaquille O'Neal,  Lynn Whitfield, Chris Tucker, Tyrese Gibson, Louis Gossett Jr., 2Chainz, Ronnie and Shamari DeVoe, Kandi and Todd Tucker, Demetria McKinney, Terri J. Vaughn, Killer Mike, Tanya Sam, Frank Ski, Ryan Glover, Bishop William Murphy III, Pastor Jamal Bryant, and Gizelle Bryant and Cherelle.

"I am eternally grateful to Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and the entire Atlanta community for the generosity and support we continue to receive that is imperative to the work of UNCF and our attempt to change lives," said Justine Boyd, UNCF Regional Development Director, who added, "It is an honor to live in a city that gives abundantly and to work for an organization that levels the playing field for underserved students."

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The premier Atlanta holiday event was made possible by top sponsors Hank and Billye Suber Aaron, The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, UPS, and the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Special thanks were extended to Southwest Airlines, the air carrier for the event's entertainment. For more information, visit UNCF.org/Atlanta or call 404.302.8623.

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