The 48th annual NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet will be held in a little less than a month at the Atrium Hotel in Alton, as honorees and guests will come together for what is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Alton branch of the organization.  On May 7 at 6pm, the organization will be raising funds to support its year-round programs such as "Back To School / Stay In School," "C" Average Scholarships, and Christmas Shopping.

This banquet and donations from individuals, businesses and organizations throughout the year make those programs possible.  President James Gray says this year's theme is "End Of An Era," as he is stepping down as president after 26 years.   He tells The Big Z he is proud of all he has accomplished.

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This year's Keynote Speaker will be Alton native Anthony Wagner - a retired healthcare executive from San Francisco.  Honorees are Rosetta Brown with the Community Service Award, Argosy with the Corporate Sponsor Award, Reverend James Webb with the Religious Award, and John & Jayne Simmons with the Special Sponsor Award.  Tickets are $60 per person.  Call 304-7655 for more information.


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