Atlanta, GA (March 12, 2016) The Inaugural UNCF Raleigh Durham Mayor's Masked Ball is slated to be held on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. The black tie event will feature a VIP Reception that will be held at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Program and Dinner at 7:00 p.m. Mayor Nancy McFarlane of Raleigh and Mayor William V. "Bill" Bell of Durham, NC are the Honorary Hosts. Orage Quarles, President and Publisher of the News and Observer and William A. Webb, Senior Advisor of the Shanahan Law Group are the Inaugural Chairs of the Ball. Lori Jones Gibbs, Vice President of Community Development Banking at the Carolinas PNC, Jeanne Frazer, President of vitalink®, and Antonio F. Knox, Sr., 40th Grand Basileus of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated are the three Co- Chairs for the celebration that is raising funds to equally distribute to two of the 37 UNCF-Member institutions located in the city, Shaw University and Saint Augustine's University.
The Grand Basileus will present a gift of $10K from the Fraternity in the continuing efforts to support institutions of higher learning while ensuring the success of deserving college students in pursuit of college degrees. He stated, "Omega Psi Phi has a strong legacy of leadership and support for historically black colleges and universities. We are very proud that Shaw University and Saint Augustine's University will directly benefit from this $10K gift of support for deserving students."
The exciting slate of Honorees for the UNCF Masked Award includes Dr. Prezell Robinson, President Emeritus of UNCF-Member institution Saint Augustine's University; Dr. Talbot O. Shaw, President Emeritus of UNCF-Member institution Shaw University, and Jim and Ann Goodnight on behalf of SAS Institute Inc. More than 600 business, civic and education leaders, and people from the community will attend the Ball and enjoy a live auction, elegant dinner and dancing featuring the award winning group, Tony! Toni! Tone'! Joel Brown, anchor from WTVD is the guest Master of Ceremonies for the evening.
Since its humble beginnings on the Howard University campus, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity continues to be on the front line, leveraging its power, influence and more than 100 years of commitment to the uplift of our people and our communities.
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. was founded on November 17, 1911, at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and is the first international fraternal organization to be founded on the campus of a historically black college.