By Special to the Daily World
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed will join Dr. Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO of the United Negro College Fund, to host the 28th Annual Mayor’s Masked Ball on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the downtown Atlanta Marriott Marquis, 7 p.m. This is Reed’s second ball since elected. UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball benefits UNCF and its 38 member colleges and universities.
The co-chairs for this year’s gala include Scarlet Pressley-Brown, director of external affairs and community relations and vice president for Delta Air Lines Foundation and Ralph Cleveland, executive vice president engineering and operations for AGL Resources. Anheuser-Busch Inc. is the founding sponsor. Marquis sponsors include the Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines and UPS.
The event will be held in the downstairs ballroom, and a VIP reception will begin at 7 p.m. followed by a Parade of the Stars and dignitaries at 8 p.m.
The occasion and welcome by both Reed and Lomax will be held at 8:30 p.m., Parade of Masks at 9:30 p.m., followed by entertainment from a national artist and ball activities until midnight.
Last year, the Annual Mayor’s Masked Ball raised $1.1 million dollars for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to provide scholarship support for 10,000 students attending the four UNCF member colleges and universities (Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, The ITC and Spelman College) in Atlanta.
Many celebrities and dignitaries lent their support at the UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball including former Atlanta Mayor, Ambassador Andrew Young and his wife ,Carolyn Young; Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron and his wife, Billye Aaron; Roger Bobb, executive vice president of Tyler Perry Studios; actor Chris Tucker; Grammy-nominated artist Akon; restaurateur, lifestyle expert, designer and author B. Smith; Dawnn Lewis of “The Cosby Show” spin-off “A Different World” and “Dreamgirls;” Kenny Leon, Broadway director, and co-founder and artistic director of True Colors Theater Company; and a host of others.