The Sampson County Branch of the NAACP will host its annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. at the Sampson County Agri-Exposition Center located at 414 Warsaw Road, Clinton.
Speaker for this year is Dr. Jarvis A. Hall who is the associate professor of Political Science at NCCU. You can read more about the speaker http://www.nccu.edu/directory/details.cfm?id=jhall. Organizers said they are excited about this banquet and plan to invite all local and state officials to be a part.
Dwight Miller, with Sampson’s NAACP said for the second year the banquet is being held at the Sampson County Expo Center in order to accommodate more people. “We hope to have at least 500 citizens and community leaders attending. Our goal is to fill 50 tables shared by our members, local business, churches, political leaders, organizations and community leaders throughout the state of North Carolina.”
The tickets are available now through Oct. 18 from any local area members or the banquet chairs listed below. The purchase of a banquet ticket includes entry into the banquet and the evening meal.
“We are also encouraging churches, organizations, local businesses, political leaders and individuals to purchase tables that seat 10. This helps groups and individuals guarantee sitting together at the event.”
Additionally, plans are to host an educational forum for the youth at the Sampson County Expo Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is free and will provide students currently attending middle and high school in Sampson County Schools and Clinton City Schools will have an opportunity to attend group sessions on educational topics with or without parents. The topics and speakers are to be determined at a later date.
Miller said the banquet committee will be asking for banquet ad donations of ¼ page, ½ page and full page. Anyone who purchases an ad will receive special recognition throughout the banquet through visual screens and personal announcements. All ads will be placed in the banquet program.
Anyone with questions or concerns can contact banquet chairs Jo Ann Howard at 910-564-6941 and Larry Sutton at 910-564-4717 or President Emma Stevens at 910-533-2153.