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Mayor Ron Loveridge to be Honored at NAACP's 60th Annual Freedom Fund Awards

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The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Riverside Branch will honor 13 great leaders at its 60th Annual Freedom Fund Awards & Scholarship Dinner. This event will take place Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. at the Riverside Convention Center in downtown Riverside. This celebration will be well attended by various community leaders and elected city officials. The keynote speaker will be Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David Cunningham, and words of inspiration given by Bishop Lacy K. Sykes, Jr. of Crossword Christian Church.

The theme for the event is, “Reflective, Respected, Resilient and Responsible.”

Booker T. Washington once said,“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”

Great leaders whose accomplishments merit this honor have impacted the Southern Inland Region. These visionaries come from different segments of business and community sectors including the Honorable Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge. Mayor Loveridge is currently serving his fifth term (since 1994) as mayor for the City of Riverside and also serves as the President of the National League of Cities, a national lobbying, advocacy and leadership organization. He has over 30 year of public service which began as Councilman of Ward One in 1979. He provides leadership to the City of Riverside through numerous groups and task forces such as: SmartRiverside, Mayor’s Multicultural Forum, Transportation Accountability Performance (TAP), Council of Economic Development Advisors (CEDA), Workforce Advisory Performance (WAP), Cultural Accountability Performance (CAP) and many more.

Other honorees include: Beverly & Scott Bailey (Stronghold Engineering) – Business/Entrepreneur Award; Lois Carson – Community Service Award; Habitat for Humanity – Corporate Award; Rosalyn J. Anderson / Rodney Taylor – Education Awards; Riverside County Bar Association – Law & Justice Award; Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge – Political/Government Award; Vanessa Brown (Inland Empire Community Calendar-IECC) – Media & Journalism Award; Dr. Horace C. Stevens, M.D. – Medicine & Health Award; Lieutenant Colonel Frances Lucas – Military Award; Dr. Gerald T. Hightower (Purpose Center International Ministries) – Religion Award; Emmett & Bennett Reid / Pastor Drew & Jeannie Brattrud – Youth Awards; Marshall Anderson – The Omar Stratton Award; Susan & Jim Brennecke – The Roy Wilkins Award The Riverside Branch of the NAACP has been faithfully serving the community for 70 years with the mission of advocating for political, educational, social, and economic quality of the rights of all citizens, as well as eradicating racial injustice.

NAACP Riverside Branch is honored to recognize the significant contributions of the abovenamed community leaders who represent various communities within Riverside and San Bernardino County.

For more information call 951- 324-9603 or visit www.naacpriverside.org.

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