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UNCF to Host Mayor’s Masked Ball on Feb. 25


Special to The Times


More than 800 business, civic, community and education leaders from across the Birmingham metro area are expected to attend the 2017 United Negro College Fund Mayor’s Masked Ball on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.

This annual event, hosted by Mayor William A. Bell, Sr. will focus on providing scholarship funds for area students and operating support to UNCF-member institutions, including Miles College, Oakwood University, Stillman College, Talladega College and Tuskegee University.

“Education is critically important for the success of our children, perhaps the most important next-generation civil rights issue we face as a society,” said Bell. “With that in mind, anything we can do to help more students get the tools they need, we are happy to support and promote.”

UNCF President and CEO Dr. Michael L. Lomax will deliver remarks. Jasmine Sanders, co-host of “The D.L. Hughley Show,” will serve as emcee at the event that will feature elegant dining, testimonials by scholarship recipients and entertainment provided by the S.O.S. Band.

UNCF recognizes community leaders for their dedication and support of UNCF’s work and their commitment to higher education. This year’s honorees include 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, serves as honorary chair and Brian Bucher, PNC Financial Services regional president of Alabama serves as corporate chair for this event.

To purchase tickets, which are $250, visit: uncf.org/birminghammayorsmaskedball or call Area Development Director Cheri Wilson at 205.322.8623.