The largest fundraiser of the year for the Alton branch of the NAACP is coming up in a little more than a month, on May 4. This is the 45th year for the Freedom Fund Banquet, which will be held at 6pm at the Alton Holiday Inn. This year's theme is "Fulfilling the Dream through Education."
Organization President James Gray (pictured) says this is the single most important fundraiser of the year, with proceeds going to support its various programs. One of those programs is the "C" Average Scholarship Program.
Honorees include Tia Montgomery, LaTasha Leflore - Porter, Jennifer Hightower, Kristie Baumgartner, John Simmons, George Terry, and the Main Street Baptist Church. This year's keynote speaker will be Dr. Ed Hightower - Edwardsville School District Superintendent. Tickets are available for $50 each, and advertising space in the program book is also still available. Call 304-7655 for more information.