Tuesday, April 23, 2013

UNCF and Newark Civic Leaders Party with a Purpose at Newark’s Inaugural UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball

The Honorable Cory A. Booker, Mayor of the City of Newark, NJ invites residents, as well as business and civic leaders to support Higher Education

CBS This Morning Co-Anchor Gayle King to serve as Honorary  Chair

Newark, NJ – UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is proud to announce the first annual UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball for the New Jersey region on May 2, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the Newark Club.  Organized by UNCF’s Newark area office, the elegant black tie gala will be hosted by the Honorable Cory A. Booker, Mayor of the City of Newark, NJ.   Proceeds from the black tie event will go to NJ students in support of their college education.

“UNCF is grateful to Mayor Booker for hosting this wonderful event that brings together those of us who care so much about ensuring that we continue to provide students with the education they need, and that we need them to have,” said Michael L. Lomax, Ph.D., president and CEO, UNCF.   “The investment we are making in these young people now will pay dividends for all of us in the future.”

The Newark UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball will open with a VIP reception for sponsors.  There will also be a general reception, dinner and program, which will be followed by dancing.  Guests will be treated to a special performance by Grammy award-winning artist Chrisette Michelle.  A “Best Mask Award” will be presented at conclusion of the evening.

A stellar list of civic leaders and personalities will come together for this very special event, among them, Honorary Chair Gayle King, and Co-Chairs Elnardo Webster, Esq. and Samantha Newman-Webster.  Gayle King is a co-anchor for “CBS This Morning” and editor at large for O: The Oprah Magazine.  Mr. Webster has been recognized as one of 50 noteworthy minority and/or women lawyers in an annual survey conducted by the New Jersey Law Journal.   He is also the recipient of the American Academy of Trial Lawyers Advocate Award, as well as Co-Founder of Sports Futures, a non-profit organization benefiting inner-city youth.

Dottie Brienza, Chief Diversity Officer and Executive Talent Leader of Merck & Co. and Sherryl Gordon, Executive Director Council 1, American of State County and Municipal Employees will be honored with the “Pillar Of New Jersey Award” along with United Water.

“My wife, Samantha and I are honored to co-chair New Jersey’s very first UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball,” comments Mr. Webster.  “The services provided by UNCF are critical, now more than ever. The leaders of tomorrow need our support today to achieve their academic best.  Sam and I are confident that the generous people and organizations of Newark and across New Jersey will make this inaugural event the gold standard by which future UNCF events are measured.”

Mayor Cory Booker is known for his strong commitment to improving the quality of life for the Newark community and for advocating the importance of higher education for minority students.

For information about sponsorship and ticket availability, please contact the New Jersey Region’s UNCF office at 973-642-1955.   Tickets may also be purchased online at http://give.uncf.org/NewarkMayorsMaskedBall

Source:  Press release

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