Achieves Record-Breaking Fundraising Goal, Raising Over $1.35 Million for HBCUs and Deserving Area Students


Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ inaugural Ball was a sold-out gala, bringing out the Who’s Who of Atlanta and including an exciting performance by Bell Biv DeVoe. More than $200,000 was pledged during the Fund the Mission appeal, including $50,000 from music mogul Jermaine Dupri.

Atlanta’s finest showed up in full force to attend the 35th Annual UNCF Atlanta Mayor’s Masked Ball, an inaugural event for Florida A&M University alumnae Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, raising over $1.35 million for UNCF member-institutions. Once again, this was a record-breaking achievement for the gala. The sold-out signature fundraising event had more than 1,300 attendees, including UNCF President Michael L. Lomax, Honorary Co-chairs and Ball Founders Billye Aaron and Ambassador Andrew Young, corporate Honorees Rodney Bullard, vice president of community affairs at Chick-fil-A, Inc.; Ted Blum, managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Atlanta office; and UNCF member-institution presidents.

Ball highlights included an exciting performance by Bell Biv DeVoe, a VIP Masked Award reception, silent and live auctions, elegant dining, dancing and entertainment by Clark Atlanta University Jazz Band. A host of celebrities, dignitaries and influencers attended, including Chris Tucker, Louis Gossett Jr., Jeezy, Monica, 2Chainz and wife Kesha Ward, Ludacris,  Kandi and Todd Tucker, Peabo Bryson, Hank and Billye Suber Aaron, Ambassador Andrew and Carolyn Young, Ryan Glover, and Jasmine Burke.

An unforgettable moment during the ball was music mogul Jermaine Dupri leading the celebrity pledges for Fund the Mission and bringing the collective celebrity pledge total to $100,000. 

Understanding the hardships facing college students, Billye Aaron created the Billye Suber Aaron Legacy Fund, which has raised $1.2 million in scholarships since its creation.

The spectacular event was made possible by presenting sponsors Georgia Power, The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Airlines, UPS and the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

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