Since its inception 19 years ago, the United Negro College Fund and Liberty Bank and Trust Co.’s partner event “Ball in the City” has raised a total of $2.3 million dollars to benefit highly qualified students who are underrepresented in today’s higher education. This March, UNCF and Liberty Bank hosted the 2013 “Ball in the City” at Harrah’s Casino, and, like in previous years, this year’s ball was a night to remember.
Mr. and Mrs. Alden J. McDonald Jr.; Mayor and Mrs. Mitchell J. Landrieu; Dr. and Mrs. Norman C. Francis; Dr. and Mrs. Walter M. Kimbrough; and Mrs. Jil Greene all served as honorary co-chairs for the event and collectively contributed to an unforgettable evening. President and CEO of UNCF, Dr. Michael Lomax, gave a notable speech on the educational environment of Louisiana and educational institutions across the country, emphasizing the importance of UNCF and its mission. UNCF also bestowed Chief Justice Bernette Johnson with the UNCF MASKED Award for her achievements in the legal field, including becoming the first African American Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Footloose guests tore up the dance floor to a concert featuring Chante Moore and headlining act ZAPP, a classic funk band. In between songs, attendees relished in the decadent menu, which featured New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp, white chocolate bread pudding and signature cocktails provided by Grey Goose Cherry Noir. The evening also included a silent auction with fabulous items from Adler’s, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and other partner businesses.
Event at a Glance
What: Great Lady/Great Gentleman Awards Luncheon,” benefiting East Jefferson General Hospital Auxiliary
When: Sunday, April 14
Where: Audubon Tea Room