Party with a Purpose
The United Negro College Fund celebrates minds and Motown.
Ashton and Suzanne Phelps with honorary chair Norman Francis
Dedicated to their slogan, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste,” The United Negro College Fund and Liberty Bank hosted their 16th annual “Ball in the City,” a fundraiser that has benefited both of New Orleans’ historically black universities, Dillard and Xavier.
The event took place at Harrah’s New Orleans Casino Theater on Thursday, March 18. The party with a purpose began with a VIP Sponsor Patron Party with R&B/jazz artists, B.R.W. and E.L.S. for a “Motown Showdown.” Guests were then treated to a live concert by the California-bred funk/soul band, Con Funk Shun, who sang their hits, including “Loveshine” and “Candy.”
This year’s Honorary Chairpersons were Mr. and Mrs. Alden J. McDonald Jr. of Liberty Bank and Trust Company; Mr. and Mrs. C. Ray Nagin; Dr. and Mrs. Norman C. Francis of Xavier University; Dr. Marvalene Hughes and David Brinks of Dillard University; and Mr. and Mrs.
Jim Hoskins of Harrah’s New Orleans Casino and Hotel.
Created over 16 years ago by Alden and Rhesa McDonald, this event has raised more than $1.5 million to support the educational mission of the UNCF, which is to help break the financial barriers that can prevent so many youth from attending college.