Michael Fields and John Harrison at Freedom Fund Banquet in May 2019.
After months of preparation, just three days remain until Fauquier NAACP’s virtual Freedom Fund Celebration being held via Zoom this Friday, the 27th. Premier Hospitality of Warrenton is hosting the event. This year marks the 66th anniversary of the annual celebrations.
“We’re pretty proud to have Cameron Webb as our keynote speaker this year,” said Bob Copeland, who chairs the Freedom Fund Committee which is tasked with putting on the event. “The committee has worked hard to present viewers with a great program this year, and I think we’ve succeeded.”
In years past, the Branch has celebrated with formal dinners. Because of the pandemic, it has not been able to hold a live Freedom Fund banquet since 2019. The hope is to return to live events next year, but there are positive aspects to having a virtual event, says Fauquier NAACP Communications Committee chair, Debra Copeland. “You get to attend in the comfort of your own home," says Copeland, "in your PJs if you want, with your family and friends all for the price of a single ticket. It’s not a bad deal.”
This year's program promises to entertain as well as inform. Matt Carlos, a member of the Freedom Fund Committee, has put together an appealing song list. Conway Porter and Miggy Strano, co-chairs of the Housing Committee, will present a videotaped report on affordable housing. And, for the first time, a Fauquier County resident will receive the Fauquier NAACP Distinguished Citizen Service Award.
It’s not too late to make a reservation and/or make a donation. “Our success depends on the contributions and support of our community,” said Fauquier NAACP President Ellsworth Weaver. “We thank in advance all who participate by either attending the virtual banquet or making a donation. All donations, from the smallest to the largest, are very much appreciated.”
The cost to attend is $50 for adults/$25 for students. Tickets may be purchased online here .
Donations may be made here, or by mailing checks to: Fauquier NAACP, P. O. Box 82, Bealeton, VA 22712.
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.