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61st Annual Freedom Fund Awards Gala Set for Feb. 24, 2011

By Natasha Ferguson –

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Riverside Branch will celebrate great accomplishments of various community leaders at the 61st Annual Freedom Fund Awards Gala. This event will take place Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. at the Riverside Convention Center in downtown Riverside. The keynote speaker is Chief Sergio Diaz of the Riverside Police Department.

It is said that those who take bold chances don’t think failure is the opposite of success, they believe complacency is. This saying holds true to those being honored.

The theme; “NAACP: Fabric of our Future-Bold Dreams, Big Victories, New Challenges.” One of the 16 great leaders being honored is our very own Paulette Brown-Hinds, Ph.D. , managing partner of BPC Media Works and co-publisher of Black Voice News who will receive the Media/Journalism Award.

Other community leaders being recognized include: Leon Tillman (Tillman Riverside Mortuary) - Business/Entrepreneur Award; Thelma Adams King – Community Service Award; Riverside Assistance League - Community Service Award; Dave Wright (Riverside Public Utilities) - Corporate Award; Timothy White, Ph.D. (University of California, Riverside) – Education Award; Bertha Hale (Solutions 2 Etc.) - Education Award; Lt. Halford Webb (Riverside Police Department) - Law & Justice Award; Phyllis Clark (Healthy Heritage Movement Inc.) - Medicine & Health Award; Master Petty Officer Joe Reed (Uni ted States Navy) - Military Award; Jim Tucker (Uni ted States Navy) – Military Award; Ennette Morton, Ph.D. (Riverside Metropolitan Museum) – Political/Government Award; Yolanda Moses, Ph.D. (University of California, Riverside) - Political/Government Award; Phaila Louder, Pastor (New Jerusalem Christ ian Center) – Religion; Robin Woods (Riverside Unified School District) - Roy Wilkins Award; and Jack Clarke, Attorney at Law (Best Best & Krieger) – Omar Stratton Award.

The mission of the NAACP is to advocate for political, education, social and economic quality of rights for all citizens, as well as eradicate racial injustice. The NAACP-Riverside Branch has been fulfilling this mission serving the community for over 70 years. The organization has been recognizing significant contributions at this gala affair since the mid-1950s when the first Freedom Fund Dinner was held.

Tickets are $75 per person or $750 for a table of ten. For more information call 951-324-9603 or visit www.naacp-riverside.org.

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