STANDING OVATION! Sheila E.Performs At Star Studded 33rd UNCF Mayors Masked Ball That Raised A Record Breaking $1.3 Million l

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Author:     Isabelle Doll Ngcobo
Photo Credit : Zeriba Media
                      Just4loves
                                
Everyone loves the idea of a good party. Well, party with a purpose at  the star studded 33rd UNCF Atlanta Mayors Masked Ball was the place to be on Saturday, December  17th at the Marriott Marques .

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Hosted by the Honorable Kasim Reed , mayor of the City of Atlanta, who was   joined  by the UNCF president. and CEO Dr. Michael  Lomax ,   Regional Development Director Justine Boyd and co – chairs Brannigam Thompson and Danta Wilson who welcomed distinguished colleagues,  sponsors , guests and all others who attended the 33rd UNCF Mayors Masked Ball.

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Attending a festivity that was  reeking of music, dance, champagne  and lavish food., with ladies dressed in elegant evening gowns and men in tux,  both choosing to wear decorated  musks  anonymously   or  flamboyantly,   was a sure thing that brought  spice to a formal affair or an evening of merriment.

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If you have ever been invited to attend the UNCF (United Negro College Funds ) Atlanta Mayors Masked Ball , the first thing you will notice is the key objective to such a festive occasion… that of focusing on raising awareness of the need and benefit of a college education The sold-out event had  1.200 attendees who came in droves to support the UNCF”s mission of investing in better futures for young men and women  by helping them move to and through college.

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The 33rd UNCF Mayors Masked Ball was  MC’d. by J.Anthony Brown

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The Who’s who of Atlanta  including A- list celebrities,  Usher Raymond, Tyrese Gibson , Future and  Young Jeezy who each
contributed $25.000 in support of the UNCF came together for a  good course.

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Singing sensation Angie Stone Miss Lawrence (Star), Egypt Sherrod (Property Virgins), Avery Sunshine,Fiilm maker Roger Bob Vashawn Mitchell, Phaedra Parks (Real Housewives of Atlanta), Reece Odom (Saints and Sinners) and many more civic leaders, dignitaries, , volunteers and friends of UNCF all gathered for a commom goal to raise $1 Million.

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Under the leadership of UNCF’s Atlanta Regional Director Justine Boyd , the ball has expanded the legacy and vision of it” s founders Billye Suber  Aaron , who recently celebrated her 80th birthday and Ambassador Andrew Young to be an extraordinary fundraising gala in support of UNCF and raised a recordbreaking $1.3Million to ensure that a college education remains available to the thousands of students attending  colleges in Atlanta.The UNCF’s role in providing educational opportunities for students in Atlanta and Georgia is more important than ever because when you educate a young mind .You shape the future.

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Numbering,  all 10 of past UNCF presidents were also in attendance

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UNCF Musked award honorees were Ed Baker, Erica qualis,-Battey, Shan Cooper, Tommy Dortch and D Jack Sawyer, Sr.

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Their  numerous contributions to the UNCF helped  ensure a better  education for the youth and have made a significant impact.

The Ball featured  a VIP masked. reception,

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Silent holiday auction

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red  carpet parade of stars and dignitaries that was led by the Bahamas Junkanoo Dancers

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elegant dining , and dancing

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live entertainment by

                 Sheila E.
Music icon and award winning Sheila E. opened her show with  “Erotic City.” and gave  tribute to her late  mentor “Prince”. and went down memory lane while jamming  and pondering on the drums performing  hits of her own including “Love Bazaar” and “Glamorous Life.”keeping  attendees on their feet.

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            After Party

After a  decadence and  luxuriant 33rd UNCF Mayors Masked Ball at the Marriott Marques, like all good things must come to an end , leaving everyone  wanting a little bit more. It was time to swap venues  for the after  party at the Ponce Market that was exclusively by invitation only.Celebrities like Jermaine Du Pri and Ursher joined in on the continued celebrations of a successful UNCF fundraising  party of the year , brining the  holidays in with a bang!

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The  new venue and atmosphere where guests got  to continue the celebration , offered a more relaxed environment after the formality and tradition of the Mayors Masked Ball . The raging after party was  complete with a nightclub DJ and late-night snacks and boose,  most definitely allowing guests to cut loose .

UNCF ( United Negro College Fund) reminds us that  more than just  pledging, it is also about increasing knowledge and raising awareness of the value of  basic human rights,  such as having the opportunity to a good  education .Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled, whatever their nationality, gender, ethnic origin, sexuality, color, physical ability, religion, language, social or economic status. Disrespect for these rights continues to be widespread in all parts of the world and messages of intolerance and hatred abound but despite all of that ,we must remember that together we can make a real difference. Ubuntu! (I am because you are)
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