Newton rep to speak at NAACP banquet

CONYERS -- A Newton County state representative will speak at a Rockdale County NAACP banquet this weekend.

The Rockdale County NAACP will host its annual Freedom Fund Banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Carriage Room at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers.

The event, which had been held for the last 25 years, raises funds that will provide $500 to $1,000 college scholarships for graduating Rockdale County students. It is open to the public.

"We understand that the school system cannot exist separately from the community, therefore we solicit help from other organizations and companies in making this endeavor a success," said event organizer Deborah Anderson.

The event will feature speaker state Senator Ronald B. Ramsey, who will talk about learning to attain goals through education and hard work. He represents Senate District 43, representing citizens in portions of Dekalb, Newton and Rockdale counties.

"This event allows you to have a wonderful evening of great food and great company while creating an opportunity to make a positive difference for our youth," Anderson said.

Nominated students for the scholarships must be those who exhibit a background of volunteering for community service, have a 2.5 or higher GPA and have already been accepted for college admission. One student is honored from each of the three Rockdale County high schools, Heritage, Salem and Rockdale County.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting the NAACP at 770-860-4190 or 888-860-4224. They cost $40 each in advance and $50 at the door; they cost $20 for children 12 and under.

More information is available at www.rockdalenaacp.org.