The O’Jays set to perform at the UNCF Birmingham’s annual Masked Ball

The O'Jays, from left, Eric Nolan, Eddie Levert, and Walter Williams, perform during The Ancestors Dream Inaugural Ball, at the Gaylord National Resort Hotel and Conference Center in National Harbor, Md., early Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Jean-Pierre)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – The UNCF Birmingham has announced that The O’Jays will be performing at the annual Masked Ball. You can read the full release below:

The  United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Birmingham is pleased to  announce the O’Jays will perform Sat., March 8th at their annual Masked Ball at the Sheraton Hotel  Ballroom.  The group, originally from Canton, Ohio, is known for such R&B hits as “Stairway to Heaven,”  “Family Reunion,”  “Love Train” and “For the Love of Money.”

“The O’Jays are one of the premier R&B groups of all time  and it will be a great way to close  out another dynamic fundraising year for UNCF Birmingham,” said UNCF Area Development Director Walvid King. This year’s program will also feature the presentation of the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award to retiring Alabama Power CEO Charles McCrary. The Masked Ball is one of the Magic City’s premier social occasions and leading black-tie fundraisers of the year. Additional event features include a  masked auction and presentation, reception, parade of stars and  elegant dining. Birmingham Water Works Board Vice President Sherry Lewis will serve as the chairwoman of this 2014 event.  Mayor William A. Bell Sr. is an honorary chairman.

UNCF leadership has set a 2014 event fundraising goal of $500,000. Proceeds will allow UNCF to extend thousands of dollars in support of students from Alabama, helping them to pursue a college education. More than 1,000 supporters were in attendance at the 2013 event.

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