Mayor Nutter and his wife, Lisa, hosted the third annual United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Mayor's Masked Ball on March 6 in the Terrace Ballroom at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Among the attendees were Michael Lomax, UNCF president and CEO; singers Kathy Sledge and Kindred the Family Soul; Stephanie Humphrey, on-air spokeswoman for Hewlett-Packard on QVC; Fox 29 anchor Joyce Evans and reporter Quincy Harris; Project Runway winner Dom Streater; and Shawn Bullard, WE TV's Match Made in Heaven bachelor.
The Mayor's Masked Ball is the signature fund-raising event for local chapters of UNCF. Each year, UNCF honors three special people for their contributions to the community. This year's honorees were Craig L. Adams, PECO president and CEO; SEPTA general manager Joseph M. Casey, and Constance E. Clayton, former Philadelphia School District superintendent. The evening will benefit students in Philadelphia, South Jersey, and Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties.
The masked theme comes from the acronym MASKED - Mankind Assisting Students to Kindle Educational Dreams. The United Negro College Fund is the nation's largest minority education organization supporting more than 60,000 students at more than 900 colleges and universities.