Archive for Thursday, September 15, 2005

NAACP banquet scheduled Saturday

September 15, 2005

The Bonner Springs branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is gearing up for the organization's largest fund-raiser of the year.

The local NAACP branch is sponsoring its annual Freedom Fund Banquet this weekend. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Centennial Building, 131 Oak St.

John Leaphart II, a graduate of Sumner Academy and a minister who serves as a youth leader for the Mt. Carmel Church of God in Christ, will deliver the keynote address and The Masters of Second Wind Band will provide musical entertainment. Michael Scott, a member of the KCTV5 news team and a journalist credited with helping resurrect the Omaha Press Club, will serve as master of ceremonies.

The speakers and program will explore the event's theme "Conscience of a Nation...How Do You Relate?"

Members of the NAACP branch say this is the organization's largest event of the year. Money raised from the banquet will be used to support several of the organization's youth programs. The group's scholarship fund and the adopt-a-youth mentor program receive a significant chunk of support from this event.

Mary Kimbrough, the president of the local branch, said NAACP members will also collect donations for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. She said the national branch set up offices in Baton Rouge, La., and Dallas to assist the evacuees. Money donated to hurricane relief will be sent to help those efforts.

The NAACP was founded in 1909 and the local branch was awarded its charter in 1948.

Tickets for the event cost $40 per person and may be purchased from an NAACP member or at the event itself. Dinner is also included in the ticket price.

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