ALTON — The Alton Branch NAACP will be holding its 46th annual NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the Alton Holiday Inn. The banquet is the NAACP’s single most important fund-raiser of the year.
This year’s theme is “The Cost of Freedom.” The keynote speaker will be U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart.
The NAACP will honor the following individuals for 2014:
- Cathy Contarino, Executive Director of IMPACT, Leadership Award
- Vernetta Caffey, retired educator, Education Award
- Bob Hertz, Madison County Sheriff, Community Service Award
- Clarence Harrison, Associate Judge, Civic Award
- Tom Holloway, President and CEO of The Bank of Edwardsville, Humanitarian Award
- Calvin Hightower, Station Manager of the Chicago Airport System, Lifetime Achievement Award
- Richard Johnson, Former Educator and Administrator, Lifetime Educational Leadership Award
The Alton Branch NAACP also will be raising funds to support their year-round youth programs. These outstanding and greatly needed programs include Back to School/Stay In School, Christmas Shopping, “C” Average Scholarships, cultural trips to the St. Louis art and history museums, the special overnight trip to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis and the shoe programs at Christmas.
This year’s Freedom Fund Banquet’s co-chairs are Bobby Collins Sr., Stephanie J. Elliott and Joe Williams. These individuals are working hard along with NAACP President James Gray to ensure the event will be a tremendous success.
The NAACP is seeking community support. Support can be in the form of buying tickets, placing programs ads in the commemorative program and making contributions directly to the Alton Branch of the NAACP. Tickets are $60 per person. Ads in the commemorative program book are still available at $60 to $150 and can be purchased by calling James Gray at 618-465-1621 or 618-304-7655.