Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in her inaugural UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball photographed with the entertainment for the 35th Annual Ball Bell Biv Devoe and UNCF President & CEO Dr. Michael Lomax. (Photo by Zeriba Media/Larche’ Communications LLC

Mayor’s Ball raises $1.35 million for HBCUs and scholarships

Originally posted Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com 

The United Negro College Fund annual Mayor’s Masked Ball over the weekend raised the most money in its 35-year history, bringing in $1.35 million for historically black colleges and deserving area students. 

This was Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ first gala and featured performers were popular R&B group Bell Biv DeVoe. Atlanta record producer and TV host Jermaine Dupri pledged $50,000 himself at the sold-out event.  

More than 1,300 attendees came to the Marriott Marquis, including Ball founders  Billye Aaron and Ambassador Andrew Young.

Celebrities who showed up included Billye’s husband HankChris Tucker, Kandi Burruss, 2 Chainz, Louis Gossett Jr., Jeezy, Monica, Ludacris, Peabo Bryson, Eva Marcille, Ryan Glover and Rasheeda and Kirk Frost. 

The presidents of colleges benefiting from the fundraiser were there as well, including Dr. Mary Schmidt-Campbell (Spelman College), Dr. David Thomas (Morehouse College), acting president Ms. Lucille Mauge’ (Clark Atlanta University), and Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice of the Morehouse School of Medicine. 

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms at her inaugural UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball with UNCF President & CEO Dr. Michael Lomax, Billye Aaron cofounder of the Ball, Carolyn Young wife of Ball co-founder Ambassador Andrew Young also founder of the Ball, Maurice Jenkins UNCF Vice President and Robert Bolton UNCF Special Events Director (Zeriba Media/Larche’ Communications LLC)
Photo: Zeriba Media LLC
Photo: Zeriba Media LLC
Celebrities attending the 35th Annual Mayor’s Masked Masked Ball Kandi Burris, Monica Brown, 2 Chainz and his wife, and Jermaine Dupri (Kingsmen Media)
Photo: Zeriba Media LLC

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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