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UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball draws celebrities, civic leaders, dignitaries

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Birmingham Mayor William Bell, Cheri Wilson, Birmingham Area UNCF, and Dr. Micheal Lomax, president and chief executive officer of the United Negro College Fund of the United States. (Provided photo)

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Birmingham Mayor William Bell, Cheri Wilson, Birmingham Area UNCF, and Dr. Micheal Lomax, president and chief executive officer of the United Negro College Fund of the United States. (Provided photo)
Birmingham Mayor William Bell, Cheri Wilson, Birmingham Area UNCF, and Dr. Micheal Lomax, president and chief executive officer of the United Negro College Fund of the United States. (Provided photo)

The United Negro College Fund Mayor’s Masked Ball is a premier fundraising gala and a major social event, focusing on raising public awareness and large corporate and individual donations to support deserving students through UNCF. Hosted by a diverse group of corporate sponsors and local businesses, it involves celebrities, dignitaries, civic leaders, volunteers, public officials, alumni and others who support UNCF’s mission of investing in better futures for us all by getting students to and through college.

UNCF recognizes community leaders for their dedication and support of UNCF’s work and their commitment to higher education. This year’s honorees included 2016 UNCF Birmingham Co-chairs, Drs. Robert and Jarralynne Agee, Dr. Peter Millet, former president of Stillman College, and long-term UNCF partner, American Cast Iron Pipe Company.

Al Denson, Birmingham-area UNCF campaign chair and president & CEO of Birmingham Airport Authority, served as honorary chair and Brian Bucher, PNC Financial Services regional president of Alabama served as corporate chair for this event.

All proceeds from this event will support the 37 UNCF-member colleges and universities, including the five institutions located in the state of Alabama: Miles College, Oakwood University, Stillman College, Talladega College and Tuskegee University—and the thousands of students they serve.