The Twin Cities area office of the UNCF (United Negro College Fund) joined more than 400 civic and business leaders in support of education at the 3rd Annual UNCF Masked Ball at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on May 9. The annual black-tie event raised funds that provide metro-area students with the support and financial aid they need to attend and graduate college.
“UNCF scholarship students have a strong history of becoming the next generation of leaders,” said Kimberly Price, vice president of 3Mgives and 2015 Masked Ball corporate chairperson. “Investing in the lives of these talented students will pay dividends to the global community in the years to come.”
Funds raised at the event support the Campaign for Emergency Student Aid, which helps UNCF students to pay final bills that might otherwise prevent on-time graduation. Funds will also provide general support for UNCF’s 37 member colleges and universities and contribute toward the Twin Cities HOPE Scholarship program.
“This community has always shown up to support our future leaders,” said Sharon Smith-Akinsanya, UNCF area development director. “We are incredibly grateful for the commitment that this region continues to show in support of these students who will be responsible for building and leading a better Minnesota.”
Last year, the 2014 Twin Cities Masked Ball netted more than $150,000 for member school support and more than $70,000 for recipients of Hope scholarships. Because of donor support, students attending UNCF schools pay an average of 30 percent lower tuition and fees than comparable schools nationwide.