Jermaine Dupri Receives UNCF Masked Award In Atlanta

Atlanta native Jermaine Dupri who has written and produced songs for Nas, Jay-Z, Mariah Carey to name a few. Now he can add the UNCF Masked Award to his achievements.

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) has for the past 75 years, empowered more than half a million students to earn college degrees. The UNCF was founded back in 1983 by Billye Aaron and Ambassador Andrew Young. Andrew Young served as the city’s 55the mayor.

During this year celebrating of 75 years, Jermain Dupri received the award for being a beacon of hope in providing quality education to students of color.

2018, Jermaine Dupri donated $50,000 to help the United Negro College Fund’s Mayor’s Masked Ball. In total the UNCF was able to raise 1.3 million dollars.

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The event sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, and UPS, had various event highlights. Silent and live auctions, elegant dancing, the parade of dignitaries, were among those highlights.

Jermain Dupri, Bianca Broom, Dallas Austin
Jermaine Dupri, Bianca Broom, Dallas Austin

“This year’s annual gala is the culminating event celebrating UNCF’s 75th anniversary. As we celebrate hosting the Mayor’s Masked Ball for 36 years in Atlanta, we know we could not make it successful without the major contributions of our diverse Atlanta community and its outstanding corporations,” said Justine Boyd, regional development director, UNCF. “With Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms as host, and the commitment of corporate sponsors and volunteers, we continue to raise the bar to support deserving students and our 37 UNCF-member institutions, four of which are in Atlanta.”

UNCF gives students the support they deserve

The fundraising event’s mission has been clear since its start 36 years ago. Educating students has always been at the forefront, and has helped thousands of students. In the past few years, more than 800 students attending UNCF-member schools were either able to attend college and/or continue their college education without the interruption of financial challenges.

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