One of Atlanta’s most anticipated galas of the year is right around the corner – the United Negro College Fund Mayor’s Masked Ball! This exciting event is one of our favorites – not only because it brings out the glitterati from far and wide – and not just because, in it’s 29th year, it’s one of the city’s older social events. We love this event because it’s a good time for a great cause!
Atlanta is known for producing brilliant black political leaders, social activists and performers. This event brings together many of those amazing minds to raise money to support the education of a new generation of leaders of color.
The holiday charity was started by the city’s celebrated Mayor Andrew Young during his time at Atlanta’s helm. Young, a respected activist in the civil rights community, sought a way to leverage the resource in Atlanta’s vast philanthropic community to aid talented black students.
“The purpose of this is to make sure that those people who are receiving the blessings and benefits of living and serving and working in this city have an opportunity to pass on those blessings,” he told Channel 11 last year.
This year, as always, the gala will support the UNCF, the nation’s premier college fund supporting students at 38 historically black colleges and universities – schools like Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University, right here in Atlanta. The fund helps some 60,000 students each year attend college.
Like we said – it’s an amazing cause, and we must admit, we can’t wait to see who turns out! Recent years have seen R&B recording artist Keith Sweat and a myriad of actors and actresses decked out in gowns galore. Take a look for yourself – we hope to see you there (wearing your finest mask of course!
“Kindness in giving creates love.” -Lao Tzu
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