Author: Isabelle Doll Ngcobo
Photo Credit : Zeriba Media
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 .
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.
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.
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.
The 33rd UNCF Mayors Masked Ball was MC’d. by J.Anthony Brown
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.
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.
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.
Numbering, all 10 of past UNCF presidents were also in attendance
UNCF Musked award honorees were Ed Baker, Erica qualis,-Battey, Shan Cooper, Tommy Dortch and D Jack Sawyer, Sr.
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,
Silent holiday auction
red carpet parade of stars and dignitaries that was led by the Bahamas Junkanoo Dancers
elegant dining , and dancing
live entertainment by
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.
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!
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 .