Simply put, the "Freedom Fund" represents the resources the branch uses to support its mission to ensure the political, educational, social, economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. That includes the support of various community organizations who share in our mission as well as addressing issues that go against our mission.
One of the main purposes of the "Freedom Fund" is to support our youth who participate in our ACT-SO competition. We are firm believers that our youth are the single most important part of continuing the fight against injustice.
Many of you recognize the "Freedom Fund" as only a banquet held once a year, but it is much more that that. We absolutely enjoy highlighting our branch every October at the Freedom Fund Banquet, but your support of the organization is not limited to that single event. In the near future we will share with you how you can become a "Freedom Fund" sponsor!
Our 102nd Freedom Fund Banquet of the Toledo Branch NAACP was held on Saturday October 28, 2017 at 7:00 pm (6:00 pm reception) at the Stranahan Great Hall located at 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. Toledo, Ohio 43614. This premiere event provided great food, entertainment and a thought provoking message from our Keynote Speaker, Mr. Ben Jealous, former president of the National NAACP. 13ABC News Anchor, Kristian Brown served as our Mistress of Cermonies. Our honorees for the evening were Mrs. Billie Johnson, Executive Director of the Area Office on Aging of NWO, Mrs. Alicia Smith, Executive Director of the Junction Coalition and Mr. Skip Turner, local jazz musician and founder of the Skip Turner Band which provided the entertainment for the night. Our caterer was the all famous We Be Ribs while guest were able to capture their experience with photographs by AByrdseyephoto. Hope to see you next year!