UNCF Philadelphia Celebrates Fifth Annual Mayor’s Masked Ball

UNCF Philadelphia Celebrates Fifth Annual Mayor’s Masked Ball

Raising public awareness and funding for deserving students


More than 600 business, civic and education leaders are expected to attend the Philadelphia Mayor’s Masked Ball on March 18 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Hosted by a diverse group of community leaders, including Philadelphia Mayor Kenney and Dr. Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO of UNCF. The signature fundraising gala aims to provide vitally needed funding to get students to and through college.

“With the continued support of Mayor Kenney and the Philadelphia 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 Julie Coker Graham, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitor’s Bureau; the Right Bishop Gregory Ingram and Rev. Jessica Ingram of the First Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church; and Daniel J. Hilferty, president and CEO of Independence Blue Cross.

“UNCF is proud to recognize our 2017 MASKED honorees for their passion in helping the next generation of leaders,” said Gregory Lyles, area development director, UNCF Philadelphia. “Whether through education or providing a safe learning environment, our honorees raise the bar high and encourage our community to pass it forward.”

Sheinelle Jones, news anchor of NBC’s “Weekend Today” and Rick Williams, WPVI news anchor will be the masters of ceremonies for the gala, which features a silent auction, a parade of stars and dignitaries and dancing. Lyve Band and DJ Gary O will provide the entertainment for the evening.

Event chairs are Wendy Hamilton, general manager of SugarHouse Casino and Keith Leaphart, brand manager for Replica Creative. Sponsors for the event include SugarHouse Casino; Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau; PECO; First Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church; Independence Blue Cross; Jefferson Health; Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority; PNC Bank; Wells Fargo; Penn Towne Center; Links, Inc.; WPVI-TV, 6ABC; E.I. du Point de Nemours and Company; and AmeriHealth Caritas.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: uncf.org/philadelphiammb or contact Greg Lyles at 215.925.9044 x 1047 or greg.lyles@uncf.org.