Friday, December 18, 2009

Mayor's Masked Ball is Saturday night

Posted By on Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 5:26 PM

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Hope this doesn't throw your weekend plans for a loop, folks, but the 26th Annual Mayor's Masked Ball, benefiting the United Negro College Fund, is tomorrow night.

After Shirley Franklin's calamitous final press conference yesterday, I, for one, wouldn't mind seeing her in a little better mood. Maybe she'll even boogie down on the dance floor.

The festivities begin at 7 p.m in the Atrium Ballroom of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis downtown. Attire for ladies is a long gown and mask. Gentlemen should wear black tie and mask.

Unless you're a sponsor or a high-rolling VIP, here's what to expect:

  • Holiday Silent Auction and Pre-Ball Reception
  • The Parade of Stars and Dignitaries
  • Elegant Dining
  • The Parade of Masks
  • Dancing and Live Entertainment by En Vogue

I heard Tyler Perry came last year and wrote a $250,000 check on the spot. No word on whether he'll be there on Saturday, but Sheree Whitfield and Lisa Wu Hartwell of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" are supposed to be in the hizouse.

I must say I'm surprised that the event hasn't been more widely publicized. It's not listed on the City website or on the mayor's online calendar.

Anyway, did I mention that tickets are $500 a pop? I didn't? Well, they are, so don't forget your wallet. To buy tix, call 404-302-8623.

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