Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens, Senator Raphael Warnock, and Ambassador Andrew Young were joined by more than 1,300 individuals with one objective: raise money for deserving HBCU students.

The United Negro College Fund and the Mayor’s office hosted the Annual Mayor’s Masked Ball for the 40th time Saturday night. Inside the ballroom, tables were adorned with candles and red roses as our city’s civic, corporate, and non-profit communities gathered at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

Congresswoman Nikema Williams, a third generation alumni of a UNCF Institution, Talladega College, was a sponsor of the 40th Annual UNCF Mayors Masked Ball. Guests also included her husband, Mr. Leslie Small; Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressman Steven Horsford; Congressman Sanford Bishop and Mrs. Vivian Bishop; Congresswoman Shelia Cherfilus McCormick and Mr. Corlie McCormick; Atlanta rapper and CEO of Duct Tape Entertainment, Big Bank; and Atlanta Fire Chief, Rod Smith.

Nearly $4 million was raised. As the silent auction took place outside of the ballroom, inside there was an ESSENCE Festival package auctioned off. When the auctioneer announced that Beyoncé would be the headliner, people quickly raised their hands.

Stephanie Mills, the Tony and Grammy Award-winning performer, performed her hits to cap off a wonderful night. She is known for her performances in “The Wiz” and her hit song “Never Knew Love Like This Before.”

For more information, please visit UNCF Atlanta’s website.
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Itoro Umontuen currently serves as Managing Editor of The Atlanta Voice. Upon his arrival to the historic publication, he served as their Director of Photography. As a mixed-media journalist, Umontuen...