NAACP to host fundraising event to raise awareness

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – NAACP will host a fundraising event to raise awareness and celebrate their work in the community.

The Fort Wayne branch of the civil rights organization will host it’s 71st annual “Marjorie D. Wickliffe Freedom Fund Banquet,” which not only serves as a fundraiser but also aims to raise local awareness about ongoing civil rights issues.

The event will be held at Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation on Saturday, August 20. Doors will open at 4:00 p.m. and dinner is at 6:00 p.m.

The event will include an awards ceremony and brief remarks by seven award recipients, summarizing their work in the community. The awards will recognize achievements in the areas of health, education, higher education, community service, justice, overall lifetime achievement, and support of the NAACP.

“For over a century NAACP has worked to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination,” NAACP President Larry Gist said in a press release. “Our local branch stands ready and willing to uphold those values while doing all we can to continue pursuing liberty and justice for Allen County residents.”

Anyone is welcome to attend the event.

Geno Burgess, radio personality from B96.9 radio, will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Live entertainment will be provided by musician Reggie Gist and comedian Marlin Hill.

For more information or to buy tickets, call 260-421-2836.


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