The UNCF Charlotte Mayor’s Masquerade Ball to honor “Charlotte Legends”, Harvey & Lucinda Gantt and Hugh & Jane McColl while supporting HBCUs and students

Fundraising to celebrate local pioneers of the past and innovators of tomorrow

CHARLOTTE, NC, Jan. 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Eighth Annual United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Mayor’s Masquerade Ball will be held on Saturday, March 19 at the Westin Hotel in downtown Charlotte. This highly anticipated event will take place in person and will celebrate “Charlotte Legends” Harvey and Lucinda Gantt, former Mayor and First Lady of the City of Charlotte; and Hugh and Jane McColl, retired Chairman and CEO and his wife, Bank of America. Both of these couples are pioneers in business and civic engagement, and both will receive the prestigious UNCF “Masked Prize” during the two-hour program. COVID-19 health protocols will be in place to help keep all attendees safe.

The presenting sponsors of the event are: Bank of America, Coca-Cola Consolidated, Falfurrias Capital Partners and Lowe’s. Truist is the godfather Marquess. Other major sponsors include Accenture, Atrium Health, Equitable, Red Ventures, Wells Fargo, as well as many other new and returning sponsors. The 2022 event co-chairs are Kieth and Serena Cockrell and James and Nina Jackson. The event’s organizing committee includes the Honorable Vi Lyles, Mayor of the City of Charlotte; Milton H. Jones Jr., Chairman of the Board, UNCF; and Tiffany L. Jones, Director of Regional Development, UNCF. This exciting and unmissable event will be full of glitz, glamour, fun and, most importantly, fundraising. Proceeds from this “Party with a Purpose” will benefit deserving students across North Carolina State and the United States who lack the financial support to attend college. “It’s so easy to support an organization that is dedicated to the education and development of our young people,” Lyles explained. “They are truly our future, and through UNCF, we are providing them with the resources to thrive and become our leaders of tomorrow.”

“The Mayor’s Masquerade Ball continues to serve as a platform to raise urgently needed funds so that we can continue to invest in the lives of students across the state of North Carolina. Due to the pandemic, our students need us more than ever, so this year our goal is to raise over $1 million. Without the support of UNCF, many of our most promising future leaders would not have the opportunity to receive a quality education,” said Tiffany Jones.

“For more than 77 years, UNCF has supplied HBCUs with vital resources to educate generations of African American and other minority students,” added Dr. Michael L. Lomax, President and CEO. of the UNCF. “During an unprecedented time in our history, compounded by COVID-19 and racial disparities, our students and our institutions face enormous challenges more than ever. We risk sweeping away a generation of African American students and talented and deserving minority students We need as many donations as possible right now because the students we are helping now will be our next generation of doctors, nurses, biologists, virologists, epidemiologists – the pandemic trailblazers of the future. We invite everyone in North Carolina to join our mayor’s masquerade ball to help ensure a brighter future for all of us.

Since its inception, UNCF has enabled more than half a million students to earn college degrees. As the largest and most effective minority education organization in the United States, UNCF also actively supports 37 historically black private colleges and universities (HBCUs) and advocates for minority higher education. “We are truly humbled by the growth of the Charlotte Mayor’s Masquerade Ball and the overwhelming support from the Charlotte community,” added Tiffany Jones. “We are preparing for a festive evening of excitement and an evening that will be orchestrated safely for all guests amid the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19. Expect changes to this year’s event, such as face masks required for all guests, socially distanced tables and proof of full vaccinations. Further guidelines will be announced closer to the event date to ensure the safety of all in attendance. »

To register for the event or donate, please visit UNCF.org/CharlotteMMB. For more information, contact Tiffany Jones at [email protected]. Follow this event on social media @UNCF #UNCFCharlotte #UNCF #CharlotteMMB.

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About UNCF

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community, and the nation, UNCF supports student education and development through scholarships and other programs, supports and strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance minority education and college preparation. Institutions at UNCF and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding nearly 20% of African American bachelor’s degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarships, internships and fellowships, mentoring, summer enrichment, and faculty training and development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo represents the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized brand, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste”. ® Learn more at UNCF.org or for ongoing updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.

CONTACT: Monique LeNoir United Negro College Fund, Inc. (UNCF) 202-810-0231 [email protected]

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