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Atlanta’s 33rd Annual Mayor’s Masked Ball Raises 1.1 Million for United Negro College Fund

Written By: Kanta Cadogan

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Atlanta’s 33rd Annual Mayor’s Masked Ball Raises 1.1 Million for United Negro College Fund

Growing up I was told “it is always better to give than to receive”.  Well, that’s exactly what happened at the 33rd annual UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball Atlanta.  It raised over 1.1 million dollars and of those funds Future, Tyrese Gibson, Jeezy and Usher Raymond each made a $25,000.00 donation.  
In my opinion, African American male celebrities are not spotlighted and or celebrated for the positive things they do nationally. Their often times only spotlighted for negativity. Therefore, I personally want to take the time to say ” I see you men of excellence and I appreciate you”.  In addition, I want to say thank you to all who made a contribution.  All proceeds will afford countless young men and women scholarships towards their college education.  

UNCF is the nations’ largest and most effective minority education organization. The UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball Atlanta is a premier fundraising gala and major social event that aims to raise social awareness of the need and benefits of a college education.

This fabulous and prestigious event brought out The Who’s who…such as Ambassador Andrew Young (Civil Rights Activist) Usher Raymond, Tyrese Gibson, Future, Jeezy, Dr. Jackie Walters (Married to Medicine), Egypt Sherrod (Property Virgins), Angie Stone, Vashawn Mitchell, Phaedra Parks (Real Housewives of Atlanta), Reece Odom (Saints and Sinners) and many more civic leaders, dignitaries, celebrities, volunteers and friends of UNCF.

The night was spectacular with loads of fun which included but not limited to the ambiance, the beautiful men and women that graced the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, an amazing cuisine, great energy, successful silent auction and financial contributions, stunning masked parade, Tyrese’s moving speech of the importance of giving and using your prominent influence for good and the hilarious MC of the evening Jay Anthony Brown (Comedian). Not to mention  a notable performance  from one of the living legends Sheila E.   She gave us life and tore the house down with her buzz worthy performance. 

The amazing UNCF Mayor’s  Masked Ball Atlanta committee Kasim Reed (Atlanta’s Mayor), Michael L. Lomax, PHD (President and CEO, UNCF), Maurice E. Jenkins, Jr. (Executive Vice President National Development, UNCF), Justine Boyd (Regional Development Director, UNCF), Donta Wilson (Honorary Co-Chair) and Brannigan Thompson (Honorary Co-Chair).  Without these beautiful souls and other sponsors, the UNCF Mayor’s  Masked Ball Atlanta would not be possible. Thank you so much for showcasing black excellence!

It’s never too late to make a contribution into the lives of our future leaders. There is no dollar amount too small. It  all counts. Be the difference in a young man or woman’s life today. Please visit to learn more. 

“A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste but a Wonderful Thing to Invest in”.~UNCF 


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