ATLANTA – As the newly installed mayor of Atlanta, the Honorable Andre Dickens is excited to be hosting his first UNCF (United Negro College Fund) Mayor’s Masked Ball, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, beginning at 6 p.m. with a reception and a program at 7 p.m., at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA.

Mayor Dickens was elected on Nov. 30, 2021, as the 61st mayor of Atlanta. Prior to becoming mayor, he served as an at large City Council member for two terms. He is a chemical engineer, deacon, father and native Atlantan. 

“We are honored Mayor Dickens will continue the long tradition of mayors hosting the Atlanta Mayor’s Masked Ball. The mayor is a man of heart and soul and his energy, leadership and experience will make a huge difference in the success of this legacy event,” said UNCF Assistant Vice President Justine Boyd.

Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens. Photo submitted

Joining Mayor Dickens as Honorary Chair of the Ball is Nicole “Nikki” Clifton, president of Social Impact, at the UPS Foundation where she leads UPS’s global philanthropy, social impact and international community affairs and oversees the company’s efforts to respond to the world’s most pressing social, humanitarian, and environmental needs. UPS is joined by Nike and Delta Airlines as the Presenting Sponsors of the Ball.

Founded in 1983 by Billye Suber Aaron and Ambassador Andrew Young, the annual event is Atlanta’s premiere holiday season social gathering that brings together the who’s who of the city, including Mayor Dickens, Dr. Michael Lomax. president and CEO UNCF and Event Honorary Chair Niole “Nikki” Clifton. 

Nicole “Nikki” Clifton, President of Social Impact, at the UPS Foundation

The 2022 Billye Suber Aaron Masked Award honorees are Bentina Chisolm Terry, SVP Customer Strategy & Solutions at Georgia Power and Charmaine Ward-Millner, Vice President of Marketing Communications and Community Relations at Kaiser Permanente.  

During the past 78 years, UNCF has empowered more than half million students to earn college degrees. As the largest and most effective minority education organization in the United States, UNCF actively supports 37 private historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and advocates for minority higher education. Education has always been at the forefront of UNCF’s fundraising mission. With the success of the Mayor’s Masked Ball, thousands of students have a brighter future because of the support they receive. In the 2020-21 school year, 928 awards totaling $6,732,895 were given to students in Georgia. In the past few years, more than 800 students attending UNCF member schools were either able to attend college or continue their college education without the interruption of financial challenges.

The event helps support area UNCF member institutions including Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, and The Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC)

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