Saturday marked the 33rd annual United Negro College Fund Atlanta Mayor’s Masked Ball. As part of a fundraising initiative, Atlanta native Future donated $25,000 to the program, while Jeezy, Tyrese, and Usher also joined in with donations. The Atlanta Mayor’s Masked Ball is viewed by many as the UNCF’s signature fundraising event.
“This must-attend event is full of fun, fashion, glitz and glamour that supports UNCF’s mission of investing in better futures for the young men and women we serve and by helping them move to and through college,” noted the UNCF in a description of the event.
Fundraising for historically black colleges and universities has become increasingly important as decreasing enrollment rates and a lack of federal funding have all taken their toll. Future made his donation in conjunction with his Freewishes Foundation. Usher has previously partnered with the UNCF on behalf of Usher’s New Look Atlanta Leadership Academy, which provides a $100,000 UNCF scholarship. According to representatives for Tyrese and Jeezy, they also contributed $25,000 each. Based on pictures provided by UNCF, it appears 2 Chainz was also in attendance.
For more information on the UNCF, visit their official website.