NAACP Fauquier County Branch 7059 recently launched its yearly fundraising campaign which will conclude on Friday, August 27 with the 66th Annual Freedom Fund Celebration. The event will be held virtually this year, as it was in 2020, with a Zoom link to be provided to those who make reservations.
This year’s distinguished guest and keynote speaker is Dr. Cameron Webb, White House Senior Policy Advisor for COVID-19 Equity, and Director of Health Policy and Equity, University of Virginia School of Medicine.
This year, for the first time, a Fauquier County resident will be honored at the event with the Fauquier County NAACP Distinguished Citizen Service Award. Individuals must be nominated by Fauquier NAACP members but do not have to be Branch members themselves in order to receive the award. Nominees must demonstrate service to the community that is in line with the vision, mission and objectives of the NAACP and must live or have worked and served the community in Fauquier County.
The theme of this year’s Freedom Fund program is Affordable Housing. The work of Fauquier NAACP’s Housing Committee, which advocates for housing security for all members of our community, will be highlighted.
Premier Hospitality of Warrenton is facilitating the event. The Freedom Fund Committee is compiling a playlist to ensure enjoyable music.
Last year, Fauquier NAACP served our community in diverse ways, from awarding annual scholarships to three deserving students of color, to holding public health forums; from providing meals to those who suffered financially during the pandemic, to advocating for policy change where change was needed. In 2020, Branch president Ellsworth Weaver joined the Warrenton Police Department Community Action Team, which meets weekly and whose mission is to foster trust between the community and local law enforcement.
Fauquier NAACP seeks, and requires, financial support from the community in order to continue, and expand, its work and outreach. Donations can be made online or by making checks payable to Fauquier NAACP, with the notation “Freedom Fund,” and mailing to NAACP Fauquier County, P.O. Box 82, Bealeton, VA 22712.
Reservations for the 66th Annual Freedom Fund Celebration may be made online or
by downloading the reservation form at the bottom of the page, filling it out and mailing, with check enclosed, to Fauquier NAACP.
Information about the event is also on Facebook.
The cost: $50/Adult; $25/Student.
The NAACP is a 501(c)(4) social justice organization. While it is a nonprofit, donations made to it are not tax deductible in the same way they are in a 501(c)(3) organization. Businesses can deduct their financial contributions as a business expense by 1) being sponsors of the Freedom Fund event and/or 2) purchasing ads which will appear in a virtual program at the event on August 27 as well as for one year on the “Wall of Fame” page on the Branch’s website. Interested businesses should contact Bob Copeland, Freedom Fund Committee chairperson for more information.
NAACP Vision Statement
The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
· To ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all citizens
· To achieve equality of rights and eliminate race prejudice among the citizens of the United States
· To remove all barriers of racial discrimination through democratic processes
· To seek enactment and enforcement of federal, state, and local laws securing civil rights
· To inform the public of the adverse effects of racial discrimination and to seek its elimination
· To educate persons as to their constitutional rights and to take all lawful action to secure the exercise thereof, and to take any other lawful action in furtherance of these objectives, consistent with the NAACP’s Articles of Incorporation and Constitution.
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