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UNCF Mayors’ Masked Ball: A Celebration in Education
By Danny J. Bakewell, Jr. Sentinel Executive Editor
Published March 26, 2014

Edison International Chairman Ted Craver and actor, philanthropist and community activist Hill Harper were honorees at UNCF’s third annual Mayors Masked Ball

A Night of Fun and Fundraising

Political and corporate community leaders came out to the Biltmore Hotel Saturday, March 15, to celebrate and support the United Negro College Fund during the organization’s third annual Los Angeles Mayors’ Masked Ball.  Although event co- chair Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti could not attend due to an unexpected trip out of town, he made sure he was well represented by his staff and commissioners. Compton Mayor Aja Brown and Pasadena Vice Mayor Jacqui Robinson represented their cities along with assembly members Isadore Hall and Reggie Jones-Sawyer, respectively.

“Support of events and nights like tonight is what has enabled UNCF over the past 70 years to assist over $400,000 students and distribute over $3.5 billion to assist them in receiving a quality education,” said UNCF President and CEO Michael L. Lomax, as he welcomed the evening’s guests.

The nights’ honorees were Edison International Chairman Ted Craver and actor, philanthropist and community activist Hill Harper.  Both men spoke of what an honor it was to receive the award. Both of them also pledged to continue supporting UNCF’s work.

Craver said the work that Edison does in the community is work he “cannot do alone,” extending a “thank you” to Edison employees, “who are on the ground within the community doing the work that enhances the lives of those who they serve each and everyday.”

Harper, who had just arrived back from doing community work at Soledad Prison, spoke about how investing in education” [that helps]  young men and women to reach their dreams early in life is an essential component to cutting of the pipeline to prison that so many in our community have fell victim to.”

Amidst the fundraising and speeches, guests in attendance were able to have a good time, dancing and listening to music by musician and legendary entertainer Sheila E. UNCF Regional Director Curtis Silvers also thought the evening was a big success.

“An evening like this could never have come together the way it did without the support of our corporate sponsors,” he said.

“Toyota is our founding sponsor, AIG Insurance, American Airlines, Mattel, Edison and Xerox…  all played a critical role in supporting the evening as well as Macy’s, Union Bank, UPS, Wells Fargo, The California Endowment and Los Angeles Bridge Unit.  Without these corporate sponsors not only could we not have held this event, but we could not continue to provide the critical resources and funding that we do to serve our young people in continuing their college educations.”


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