UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball, March 25, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans

Celebrating a Mission of Pursuing Excellence

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The UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball is one of New Orleans’ signature fundraising galas and premier social events of the year, focusing on raising awareness of the need and benefits of a college education, the students UNCF serves and the contributions of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

This must-attend event is full of fun, fashion, glitz and glamour that supports UNCF’s mission of investing in better futures for the young men and women we serve and by helping them move to and through college.

This year’s event will feature cuisine from the Leah Chase Legacy Chefs and Hyatt Regency Pastry Chef, Milan Smith.

The music line-up includes T-Ray the Violinist, Chris Walker and Grammy Award Winning Artist, Regina Bell.

This year’s honorees are Henry L. Coaxum, Jr., CEO of Coxaum Enterprises and Paul Flower, CEO of Woodward Design+Build.

The chairpersons of this year’s event are Gayle Benson and Michael O. Smith.

A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste
For more than seven decades, this principle has remained at the heart of UNCF, enabling us to raise more than $5 billion and help more than 500,000 students and counting not just attend college, but thrive, graduate, and become leaders.

They accomplish this in three ways: By awarding more than 10,000 students’ scholarships, worth more than $100 million, each year. By providing financial support to 37 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). And by serving as the nation’s leading advocate for the importance of minority education and community engagement.

This three-pronged approach is powerful: Since their founding in 1944, we’ve helped to more than double the number of minorities attending college. The six-year graduation rate for UNCF African American scholarship recipient is 70%. This is 11% higher than the national average and 31% higher than the national average for all African Americans.

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