UNCF Washington Mayor’s Masked Ball Raises $467,000 in Scholarships

The UNCF Washington Mayor’s Masked Ball, led by Mayor Bowser and UNCF’s Washington area office, was held January 28 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The event raised $467,000 for deserving young scholars in the Washington, DC area. 

More than 400 business, civic and education leaders and UNCF President and CEO Dr. Michael L. Lomax attended the highly anticipated social event to aid scholars in getting to and through college. “We are elated to have the ongoing support of Mayor Bowser as we secure better futures for us all,” said Lomax. 

Jack and Jill of America Foundation, Inc., and the National Museum of African American History and Culture received 2017 MASKED Awards for inspiring change through education. 

Local news personality Leon Harris served as emcee for the elegant evening and the platinum-selling group Tony! Toni! Tone’! provided the entertainment. 

Glenn and Dr. Debra Mahone, and David Trone were this year's co-chairs. Chairman sponsors were Aerojet Rocketdyne and Total Wine & More. The Hyatt Regency and Southwest Airlines were included in the Mayor’s Royal Court. The Mayor’s Masked Court sponsors were PNC, Whole Foods Market, Pepco, JMA Solutions and Carmen Group. 

“UNCF is a vital and important part of ensuring that students of color, who seek college education, have the opportunities to do so,” said David Trone, owner of Total Wine & More. “Total Wine & More is pleased to support the dreams and potential of all students.” 

To view images from UNCF Washington Mayor’s Masked Ball, please visit: UNCF.org/DMV.

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About UNCF 
UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding nearly 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF awards more than $100 million in scholarships annually and administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at UNCF.org, or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.