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NAACP 62nd Annual Freedom Fund Awards Gala

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By Natasha Ferguson –

Each year, the NAACP Riverside Branch recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions in the community. NAACP Riverside will host its 62nd Annual Freedom Fund Awards Gala on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. at the Riverside Convention Center in downtown Riverside. This year’s theme is “Affirming America’s Promise” and the distinguished keynote speaker is NAACP State President Alice A. Huffman.

Honorees being recognized this year include: McKay’s Mortuary - Business/Entrepreneur Award; Mary Figueroa & The East Side Think Tank – Community Service Award; Lea Peterson / Southern California Gas Company - Corporate Award; Dr. Kathy Wright – Education Award; Mary Daniels, Esq. - Law & Justice Award; The Precinct Reporter-Newspaper - Media & Journalism Award; Dr. Edward Cooper, MD - Medicine & Health Award; Frank Benjamin, Marines, Retired - Military Award; The Group – Political & Government Award; Rev. James Baylark, Pastor / Good Hope Baptist Church – Religion; Terry Boykins - Roy Wilkins Award; SB/Riv. Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. - Roy Wilkins Award; Gaye Carol ine – Omar Stratton Award; and Charles and Elaine Bibbs Art Studio – Special Recognition Award.

Alice Huffman began her tenure as President of the California NAACP In January 2000. Under her leadership, the organization has accelerated into one of the most sought after organizations in California’s policy arena. The State NAACP office is in downtown Sacramento. She employs a small staff to advocate on key community issues. She believes that the NAACP is the constant voice for low income African Americans and students trapped in low performing schools. She is a member of the National Board of Directors of the NAACP.

Huffman is a business owner, President, and CEO of her consulting firm A.C. Public Affairs, Inc. (ACPA). ACPA is a California Corporation specializing in initiative campaigns, strategic public policy issues and grass roots organizing. ACPA founded in 1988 can proudly boast of many distinguished national and state clients.

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 injust ice. 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.

For more information and to purchase tickets call 951-324- 9603 or visit www.naacp-riverside. org.

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