For Immediate Release
NEWARK, Del. -The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) on Saturday will host the Mayor's Masked Ball sponsored by Delmarva Power.
For nearly 69 years, UNCF's mission has been to increase minority degree attainment by reducing financial barriers to college, providing financial support to its 38 member institutions and serving as a national advocate for minority education. UNCF administers over 400 academic scholarships, fellowships and summer enrichment programs for students and faculty development.
UNCF supports more than 60,000 college students attending over 900 colleges and universities across the country. This year's event will help to make it possible for UNCF to provide more scholarships, laboratory equipment and text books for deserving young people as well as the operating funds for member schools.
"Delmarva Power is proud to join together with corporate donors and sponsors to help fortify the ranks of young African-American and Latino men and women in Delaware attain the goal of a higher education," said Gary Stockbridge, regional president, Delmarva Power and Masked Ball committee chairman.
The event will be at the Chase Center in downtown Wilmington, Del., and will feature recording artist and Motown legend Eddie Levert along with a full reception, dining, live auction, dancing and entertainment.
UNCF will also honor Dr. Kim Allen, CEO and co--founder of A Friend of the Family Inc., and Theodore Blunt, former Wilmington City Council president for their work to support, promote and expand the efforts of the UNCF assisting college-bound students regionally and nationally.
"We express our profound and heartfelt thanks to this year's honorees, Mr. Levert, the Masked Ball committee and our mayors for sending a clear message about the importance of education to our young people by making this event possible," Stockbridge said.