40th Annual UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball To Raise Funds & Awareness For HBCU Students

The Atlanta premier fundraising gala continues its mission to serve Black students collegiate-education endeavors and the HBCU community.

The 39th UNCF Atlanta Mayor’s Masked Ball
Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens speaks onstage during the UNCF 39th Atlanta Mayor’s Masked Ball.

The 2023 United Negro College Fund’s Mayor’s Masked Ball, set to take place this Saturday, December 16th at 6:00 PM is celebrating 40 years of raising awareness and fundraising for Black college education in Atlanta.

Since 1984, the fundraising gala for HBCU-seeking students has become an annual staple in Atlanta, —drawing large crowds and breaking million dollar marks several years in a row.

“Hank and Billye Aaron’s belief in our motto, ‘A mind is a terrible thing to waste,’ led them to co-found with former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, the first-ever Atlanta Mayor’s Masked Ball,” said Maurice Jenkins, UNCF’s Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer.

Because of its model success, the Mayor’s Masked Ball has been franchised across several other cities to help the UNCF raise funds for HBCU students.

The UNCF currently serves the following HBCU institutions:


South Carolina


Past events have featured appearances from Reverend Raphael Warnock, Kandi Burruss, Young Jeezy, Jermaine Dupri, Babyface, Tyrese, and Morris Chestnut.

The 2023 gala will be hosted by newscaster Karyn Greer, with entertainment from Stephanie Mills, and will take place at The Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, GA.