“March Madness”: UNCF Galas Across the Country

Wednesday, 02. March 2022 17:47

Washington, D.C., March 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Each year, UNCF presents its own version of “March Madness,” as local communities cities conduct glamorous masked balls and galas to help students realize their dreams of a college education via HBCUs and many other colleges and universities across the United States.

For 2022, the game is a little different.

This year, you have a choice of how and where you attend an event! 2022's UNCF galas and balls are a mix of virtual, live, or hybrid events. A few events will be held online, which means you can attend the event–or events–of your choice from the comfort and safety of your home. Get dressed up and head over to a live event, or have a special night at home, where you "travel" across the country, virtually attending balls in your favorite cities.

The UNCF Masked Balls are premier fundraising and social events, focusing on raising public awareness of the importance of supporting deserving students, and generating large corporate and individual donations to help these students meet the expenses of a higher education. Hosted by a diverse group of corporate sponsors and local businesses, the events involve celebrities, dignitaries, civic leaders, volunteers, public officials, alumni and others who support UNCF’s mission of investing in better futures for us all by empowering students to get to and through college.

Galas and Balls, but that's not all!

UNCF regional offices also offer daytime events. This season, you can attend live or virtual breakfasts, teas, luncheons, or Black history celebrations in Detroit, Tampa or Orlando. See the events listed below!

Find your city or region and help UNCF help students!

Note: Live events may require that attendees are fully masked and vaccinated, with a negative test result. Attendees may be asked to provide verification of vaccination or test status at registration. Check with presenting offices for requirements.


March Events

March 3
Washington, DC
Live: UNCF National “A Mind is…”® Gala
Honoring Cathy Hughes, Founder and Chairperson of Urban One, Inc.; Dr. Billy C. Hawkins, past president of UNCF-member Talladega College, and Dr. Frederick Humphries, former president of Florida A&M and Tennessee State universities (posthumous recognition).

Virtual: “A Mind is…”® Gala
Performances by Andra Day, Jeffrey Osborne, and Musiq Soulchild.


March 5
Florence/Pee Dee Area, SC
Live: UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball
Honoring Florence School District 1, Douglas Hawkins, and Rev. Dr. Calvin E. Hawkins, Jr.


March 11
Upstate South Carolina (live):  UNCF Mayors’ Masked Ball 
Hosted by the mayors of Greenville, Gray Court, Anderson, Greer and Spartanburg.


March 12
Birmingham (live): UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball
Hosted by the mayor; honoring Judge John H. England, Jr. (ret).

Hampton Roads, VA (live): UNCF Mayors’ Masked Ball
Mayors of Hampton, Norfolk, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Newport News, and Chesapeake; and honoring Mark Crump, Dr. William H. Harvey, Mark Johnson, and Toiya Sosa.


March 18
Jacksonville (live): UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball
Our first ball! Co-hosted by Mayor Lenny Curry and Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr., president of Edward Waters Univ.


March 19
Charlotte (live): UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball
Co-hosted by Mayor Lyles and Chairman of UNCF Board Milton Jones, Jr.; honoring Charlotte legends Harvey and Lucinda Gantt, and Hugh and Jane Spratt McColl.

Dallas (live): UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball
Hosted by Mayor Eric Johnson and honoring Cynthia "Cynt" Marshall CEO, Dallas Mavericks; and Ron Rittenmeyer, Executive Chairman, Tenet Healthcare.

Milwaukee (hybrid: live and online): UNCF Mayor's Masked Ball
Hosted by Mayor Cavalier Johnson; honoring corporate supporter Rockwell Automation.

Philadelphia (hybrid: live and online): UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball
Hosted by Mayor James F. Kenney and a prominent Philadelphians; honoring Romona Riscoe Benson of Pepco, Harold T. Epps of Bellevue Strategies, and corporate champions Philadelphia 76ers!


March 22
Orlando (live): UNCF Black History Month Celebration
Honoring local education champions Alvin Cowans, President/CEO, McCoy Federal Credit Union; and Vernise Atkins Bradley, President/CEO, Votum Construction, LLC.


March 24
New York (live): UNCF “A Mind is…”® Gala
Offering the talented cast members who starred for the Tony Award-winning “Ain’t Too Proud- The Life and Times of the Temptations” on Broadway as our entertainment.

Seminole County, FL (live): UNCF Breakfast
Honoring Dr. Connie Woods Collins, dedicated educator.


March 26
Seattle (hybrid: live and online): UNCF “A Mind is…”® Gala
Honoring education champions Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks; Mayor Bruce Harrell, and corporate champion Microsoft, represented by Fred Humphries.

New Orleans (live): UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball
A NOLA tradition! Hosted by Mayor Cantrell; honoring Dillard University's president Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough and Joel Vilmenay, President and General Manager; CBS News and Stations’ local businesses, Los Angeles.


March 31
Boston (live): UNCF New England “A Mind is…” Gala


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, supports and 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% of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF 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 over 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized trademark, ‟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.

Monique LeNoir
United Negro College Fund, Inc. (UNCF)
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