Elizabeth Branch NAACP To Host Freedom Fund Banquet

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ELIZABETH – The Elizabeth Branch National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will host their Freedom Fund Banquet on Friday, Jan. 14, from 6-10 p.m. at the Cavalier Regency located at 1 Evergreen Place, Roselle.

The banquet will be hosted by Miss Black New Jersey 2011, Nicole Stanley of Union County, and honor several local women for their outstanding dedication and commitment to improving the community. The event will also include a silent auction, DJ, and the induction of the branch’s new executive officers. Elizabeth Councilwoman-at-Large Patricia Perkins-Auguste will give the keynote address.


The honorees for the 2011 Freedom Fund Banquet are Vonda McPherson – Kim Nesbitt Good Business Award, Penny Meredith – President’s Award, and Catherine Rousseau Saintilien – Patricia Perkins-Auguste Community Service Award. Special Peacemaker Awards will be given to Mitchell D. Walker, Bridget Rose, and Cerise Simmons, three city of Elizabeth mothers who have each lost a child due to street violence. During 2011, the branch’s new executive administration will focus on strengthening the organization’s ties with the community and promoting an agenda of peace.

“As the history of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is built on a foundation of equality and justice while promoting PEACE, so must that be the focus of the Elizabeth Branch NAACP,” president elect Krishna Garlic. “Therefore, our administration will focus the next twelve months on promoting PEACE in Elizabeth. We have a number of activities planned throughout the year that we hope residents will engage in.”

The branch’s new leadership will include president Krishna Garlic, vice president Valencia Coleman, second vice president LaGretta Stephens, secretary Penny Meredith, and treasurer Barbara Townsend.

Tickets for the Freedom Fund Banquet are $65 per person. Journal ad space and sponsorship opportunities are available . For more information contact 908-652-5099 or NAACPElizabeth@gmail.com.

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