WHAT:  UNCF (United Negro College Fund) will host its eighth annual Philadelphia UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 7 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown hotel. This black-tie fundraising gala will feature a VIP reception, drumline, seated dinner, silent auction, dancing, and parade of masks. The event emcees are Brittney Ship, meteorologist, NBC10 and Jacqueline London, co-anchor, NBC10. Entertainment for the evening will be provided by DJ Touch Tone.

WHO: UNCF and approximately 700  guests including civic and community leaders, corporate sponsors and other supporters

Key attendees:

  • The Honorable Jim Kenny, mayor, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO, UNCF
  • Romona Riscoe Benson, director, PECO Energy
  • John McNichol, president and CEO at Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority
  • Salvatore J. Patti, senior VP, PNC Wealth Management

UNCF “Keeper of the Flame Award” Honorees:

  • Stephanie Mays Boyd, Pennsylvania Convention Center
  • Dr. Edith Mitchell, director, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals
  • The Philadelphia Foundation

WHEN:  5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, March 7, 2020

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Grand Ballroom, 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia Media Check-in: 5th Fl

For media credentials, please send contact information to mashari.grissom@uncf.org. Inquiries for the Office of the City of Philadelphia and the Office of the City Representative, please contact Randy.giancaterino@phila.gov and Jude-anne.spencer@phila.gov.

To learn more: UNCF.org/Philadelphia. Follow this event on social media @UNCF #UNCFPhiladelphia #UNCF.

About UNCF
UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding nearly 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF awards more than $100 million in scholarships annually and administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at UNCF.org, or for continuous updates and news, follow UNCF on Twitter at @UNCF.