Research Triangle Park, NC — More than 300 business, civic and education leaders are expected to attend the UNCF Triangle Area Mayor’s Masked Ball on March 31. The event will be hosted by a diverse group of community leaders, including Mayor Nancy McFarland, City of Raleigh; Mayor William V. Bell, City of Durham; Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D. president and CEO of UNCF; and Everett B. Ward, Ph.D., president of Saint Augustine’s University. The signature fundraising gala aims to provide vitally needed funding to get students to and through college and provide operational support to UNCF-member institutions, Saint Augustine’s and Shaw universities.
“With the continued support of Mayor Bell and the Triangle community, UNCF is able to make a greater impact in the lives of area students,” said Lomax. “In order to secure thriving communities, we must build a bridge to quality education for all.”
For their dedication and support of UNCF, the 2017 MASKED recipients are Tashni-Ann Dubroy, president, Shaw University and Andrea Harris, senior fellow at Self-Help and co-founder of the Institute of Minority Economic Development and the YMCA of the Triangle.
“UNCF is proud to recognize our 2017 MASKED honorees for their passion in helping the next generation of leaders,” said Tiffany Jones, area development director, UNCF Charlotte. “Whether through education or providing a safe learning environment, our honorees raise the bar high and encourage our community to pass it forward.”
Joel Brown, WTVD news anchor will be the master of ceremonies for the ball, which features a silent auction, elegant dining and dancing. Popular North Carolina band EnVision will provide the entertainment for the evening.
Event vice chairs are Mike Atkinson, First Citizens Bank; Monica E. Barnes, WTVD ABC 11; Denise S. Bennett, Wells Fargo Bank; Indira M. Everett, Duke Energy; Lori Jones Gibbs, PNC; Antonio F. Knox, North Carolina Credit Union Division; Warrick F. Scott, Sr., The Wendell Scott Foundation, Inc.; Risha Bailey and Gayle Hurd of Right Touch Consulting. Last year, $120,000 was raised in providing a quality education to deserving students. With the help of event sponsors, PNC, DukeHealth, Duke Energy, First Citizens Bank, Geico, Wells Fargo, and the YMCA the effort continues.