Thursday, March 7, 2013

UNCF - Mayor's Masked Ball - Los Angeles, 2013

The invitation to the Mayor's Masked Ball 2013
It was April 25, 1944, when  Frederick D. Patterson (President of Tuskegee University) and
Mary McLeod Bethune, UNCF envisions a nation where all Americans have equal access to a college education that prepares them for rich intellectual lives, competitive and fulfilling careers, engaged citizenship and service to or nation."
"Last evening, Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa, in conjunction with UNCF Mayor's Masked Ball, held at
 Hilton Los Angeles / Universal City.
The Whispers were in the house - and had everyone on their feet dancing! Loretta Devine, Obba Babbatunde, Anna Maria Horsford were just a few celebrities having a blast at the ball!
Chris Schauble, Co-Anchor, KTLA 5 Morning News announcer, and Vera Jimenez, Meteorologist, Reporter, KTLA 5 News and Master of Ceremony, Jim Hill,
 Sports Anchor, CBS 2/ KCAL 9  were outstanding!

The Honorable Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Mayor, City of Los Angeles,
and Dr. Michael L. Lomax, President and CEO, UNCF welcomed everyone so warmly.
Honorable Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Mayor of  Los Angeles, CA.
The Invocation was done by Rev. Zelda Kennedy, Senior Associate, Pastoral Care and
Spiritual Growth All Saints Church.
Chris Schauble, Anchor, KTLA 5
Sandra Phillips, Vice President, Assistant General Counsel,Toyota Motor Sales
Jim Hill, Sports, Anchor, CBS2/KCAL 9
Sandra Phillips, Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. was so lively and entertaining.

Lisa D. Cagnolatti, Vice President, Business Customer Division of Southern California Edison was very hospitable, with the largest mask I've ever seen! She had the entire audience rolling!

Carl A. Balton, President, Union Bank
Hats off to Carl A. Balton, President,
Union Bank Foundation, for sincerely working so diligently in the community, making sure that the richness of our culture is preserved, as well as supporting HBCUs.

 Earvin "Magic" Johnson  - and Sheryl P. Underwood were the Honorees.

Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Honoree
Sheryl P. Underwood, Honoree
Did I tell you that the full-time Husband, Father, MBA All Star, Entrepreneur and Joseph (the Biblical character that forgave his brothers and took care of his family during a famine. How? His brothers sold him into slavery and he worked his behind off, and was eventually rewarded by being entrusted with all of all of the Pharaoh's store houses of food stuffs, during feast and famine) in the community,  Earvin "Magic" Johnson and his lovely wife, Cookie, are life/purpose driven and provide so much help within the urban communities across the United States in more ways then one can imagine.

This remarkable man (I'm talking "Magic" Johnson, ya'll), along with the late Jerry Buss (R.I.P. Jerry Buss), from day one, have made things happen in the Los Angeles area. Magic Johnson says, "For me, it always goes back to something I learned in basketball. There's winning and there's losing, and in life you have to know they both will happen. But what's never been acceptable to me is quitting." Yes, Magic Johnson, you consistently show by example that you are not a quitter. Thank you, Magic Johnson, for showing our children first hand, how to work hard, gain success and reach back and uplift others. You are your brother's keeper, and we love you for that.

Dawn Sutherland, VP Finance, Controller USCO,
Sheryl P.Underwood is truly a brilliant woman. Her comedic timing is impeccable. Sheryl, a co-host of the show, "The Talk", on CBS International President of her beloved Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., makes it a goal to help people as often as possible. She humbly accepted her award, and spoke to the audience from her heart, stressing the importance of making sure that we continue to support our youth, ensuring that they have better opportunities. Keep letting your light shine, Sheryl!

XEROX Corporation actively supports the community and was one of the sponsors for the event.
Dawn Sutherland, VP Finance, Controller, USCO Southern California / Las Vegas Operations looked absolutely fabulous! Yes, Dawn Sutherland does fabulous quite well, wearing a gown designed by Carolyn Wilbourn, of
Wilbourn Exclusives, out of Atlanta, GA.

Dawn Sutherland is committed to making sure that our youth succeed, getting all the necessary tools needed to grasp and obtain higher education.
Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc., Founding sponsor is an awesome corporation. See how they continue to fly!


(photo of listing of sponsors - Richard Nichols, All other photos are taken from each person's website - and UNCF)