The 44th annual NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet will be held in about a month at the Alton Holiday Inn, 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 5 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.

President James Gray (pictured) says this year's theme is "Rising Above The Cause."

Gray comments

Honorees include U.S. Representative Jerry Costello, Judges Ben Beyers and Charles Romani, Circuit Clerk Matt Melucci, Attorney Ebony Huddleston, Marcus Harrison of Harrison Funeral Home, Alton Middle School Principal Dave Schwartz, and Alton School Superintendent Dr. Ken Spells. Tickets are $50 per person. Call 304-7655 for more information.

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