Originally posted Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by RODNEY HOemail@example.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 Hank, Chris 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.
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