Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed Tuesday announced that he will again join Dr. Michael L. Lomax, President and CEO of the United Negro College Fund, to host the Annual Mayor’s Masked Ball. This year’s celebration will be the 30th Annual Mayor’s Masked Ball and will be held on Saturday, Dec. 21. The event will include a special performance by legendary singer Gladys Knight.
This is Mayor Reed’s fourth UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball, an event which will benefit UNCF and its 38 member colleges and universities.
The co-chairs for this year’s gala include Hank and Billye Aaron, Ambassador Andrew and Carolyn Young, and Gary and Lori Peacock. Marquis sponsors include: The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines and UPS.
The masked ball is one of metro Atlanta’s signature fundraising galas and premier social events of the holiday season.Last year’s event raised more than $1 million dollars for UNCF.
“I strongly believe HBCUs are vital in preparing the next generation of African-American business owners, attorneys, doctors, artists and civic leaders and I am honored that with our annual UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball, we are able to help fund the education of thousands of students matriculating at the Atlanta University Center,” said Reed at the 2012 event. “This year’s gala was truly a night to remember, and I thank the UNCF for their unwavering commitment to our nation’s future leaders.”
Mayor Reed co-hosted the Annual Mayor’s Masked Ball with UNCF’s president and CEO Dr. Michael L. Lomax.
“Every year, the Mayor’s Masked Ball brings together Atlanta leaders who are committed to education and to help the next generation of doctors, teachers, lawyers, engineers, business executives and entrepreneurs get the education they need to compete in a global economy,” said Lomax. “The Mayor’s Masked Ball is a not only a fantastic celebration, but it’s an opportunity for our community to come together to ensure that every child has the opportunity to get to and through college.”
The 2012 Masked Ball attracted more than 1,200 attendees, including entertainers from film, television and music, major sports figures, elected officials and civic leaders and volunteers.
In addition to hosts Reed and Lomax, the event chairs for 2013 are Hank and Billye Aaron; Ambassador Andrew and Carolyn Young; Gary and Lori Peacock, President & CEO, Sun Trust Bank.
In the past six years, UNCF’s Atlanta Mayor’s Masked Ball has raised almost $10 million to support students who attend Atlanta’s four UNCF member institutions – Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College and Spelman College — as well as Atlanta students attending other UNCF colleges and universities, and all the 60,000 students who attend UNCF member institutions.