Usher, Ludacris, Tyrese, Future Contributes To UNCF’s Ball In Support Of HBCUsBy Jane Reed, UniversityHerald Reporter
During the United Negro College Fund Mayor's Masked Ball in Atlanta, musical artists such as Usher, Tyrese, Jeezy, Future and Ludacris funded the event with an additional $125,000.
Mayor Kaseem Reid hosted the event in Georgia last Saturday (December 17, 2016). In an effort to support its hisorically black colleges and universities, a host of celebrities and community leaders came together.
Future contributed to the event with $25,000. The money stemmed from his Free Wishes Foundation. Tyrese also gave his support by giving away $25,000.
Tyrese excitedly announced that Usher is matching his contribution, too, as reported by Atlanta Blackstar. And the ball kept on rolling because Jeezy shelled out and additional $25,000. It eventually got really crazy when Ludacris jumped out and pledged $25,000 as well. Tyrese exploded with excitement.
The UNCF ball's aim was to focus on raising awareness on the need of college education in HBCUs, as reported by UNCF. Historically black colleges and universities are now struggling because of decreased funding. The schools even went as far as enrolling non-African American students to help with their finances. The gala hopes to ease that financial burden.
Tyrese went into a frenzy after receiving the support from his fellow artists. He sends out his support to Mayor Kaseem Reid. The artist stresses that they were able to raise a million dollars at the Mayor's ball. They all did it for the kids and for college education.
He thanked everyone for coming to the event and for stepping up that night to show their financial support. President Harry Williams from the Delaware State University sent his thanks. Delaware State is committed to make sure their heritage and history is preserved. The annual event also stresses the relevance of HBCUs in America.
Aside from Usher, Tyrese, Jeezy, Future and Ludacris, 2Chainz also attended the event. Along with Jermaine Dupri, Michael Ealy and Gabrielle Union.
Want to know more about the UNCF Mayor's Masked Ball in Atlanta? Check out the 2014 event below: