The United Negro College Fund’s 33rd annual Atlanta Mayor’s Masked Ball on Saturday (Dec. 17), was a major success. Future, Usher, Tyrese, and Jeezy, were among the night’s donors, giving $25,000 a piece to the long-running organization, Complex reports.
The “premiere fundraising gala” seeks to bring awareness to the “needs and benefits” of higher education, and“ the students UNCF serves and the contributions of historically black colleges and universities.”
Future donated $25,000 through his Free Wishes Foundation, while Tyrese’s $25,000 donation (on behalf of UNICEF) was quickly matched by his music peers, including Ludacris.
“Last night in conjunction with UNICEF, I proudly jumped out there and donated [$25,000] and my brother Usher didn’t even blink and marched it,” Tyrese wrote on Instagram. “Then my guy @jeezy jumped out there [$25,000] and everyone else in the room felt like that had to step it up!!!! Then I got a text message from my brother @ludacris who jumped out there and matched us at [$25,000] it was just amazing .”
Aside from bringing over $1 million, this year’s gala brought together a mix of celebrities, civic leaders, dignitaries, UNCF alumni and more.
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Just wanna send some love to the Mayor of Atlanta who I don’t think will ever ever understand how much he means to me and those who he ALWAYS goes out of his way to support and show love to…. The good word says GIVE and shall be given unto you….. As much as you give and look out and continue to show up for others last night we wanted to show up for you!!! We raised MILLION at the Atlanta Masquerade #MAYORSBALL last night in conjunction with UNICEF I proudly jumped out there and donated 25,000 and my brother Usher didn’t even blink and marched it…. 25,000 then my guy @jeezy jumped out there 25,000 and everyone else in the room felt like that had to step it up!!!! Then I got a text message from my brother @ludacris who jumped out there and matched us at 25,000 it was just amazing and MILLIONS OF DOLLARS was raised and we’re going to put our angles through college……… I did it for the kids, @kasimreed keep doing WHAT you do good brother when I say I got your back it’s not just words!!!!!! We’re supposed to be inspired by our friends and you inspire me…… You represent what’s possible if you work hard and weather storms….. To everyone in the room you guys are ANGELS for being willing to reach in your pockets and give your hard earned money to those who needed it the most!!!!!! “The mind is a terrible thing to waste”…… @unicef @unicefusa some folks just do it for the Gram…. We all stepped UP and did it for real.!!!! To God be all the glory……
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Special thanks to superstars Tyrese Gibson, Usher and Future, who each donated $25k 💸 to send students to & through college ✨🎓📚at our #Atlanta Mayor’s Masked Ball! Thank you @kasimreed for your continued support to UNCF and all we do. #MMBATL #BetterFutures #SeasonToGive
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