Tickets on sale for NAACP banquet

COVINGTON — The Newton County NAACP will host its Annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, Sept. 28. Tickets are on sale for the banquet, which will take place at 6 p.m. at The Events and Banquet Hall located at 685 Kirkland Road in Covington.

The evening will feature Georgia House Minority Leader Stacy Abrams, D-Atlanta. Entertainment will be provided by jazz artist Nancy Price.

This year’s theme is “We Shall Not Be Moved: The Five Game Changers – Education, Economic Stability, Health, Public Safety and Criminal Justice and Voting Rights.” The theme coincides with one of the NAACP objectives “…to ensure the political, education, social and economical equality of all citizens.”

Several Newton County citizens will be honored during the program for their contributions to the community: Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson Jr. for his contributions in criminal justice; Shamica Redding for her contributions to economic sustainability; Louise and T.K. Adams and Zelma Stewart in the category of education; Newton Medical Center for health; Sarah Todd for political representation; Sheriff Ezell Brown for public safety; and Emogene Williams for voting rights.

The President’s Award will be given to the Rev. Hezekiah Benton, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church; the Rev. Thomas Stegall, pastor of St. Paul A.M.E. Church and the Rev. Willie J. Smith, pastor of Word of Praise Community Church and president of the Newton County Ministers’ Union.

This event will also raise funds to benefit several $500 college scholarships to Newton County students in the 2014 graduating class. Starting on Nov. 1, graduating seniors can request an application package by emailing newtoncountynaacp@gmail.com. Completed applications are due to the Newton County NAACP Branch no later than Jan. 27.

There will be one winner from each of the Newton County School System high schools, as well as one from the Newton County NAACP Youth Chapter. All winners will be recognized at the Youth Recognition Luncheon during the spring.

Tickets to the banquet can be purchased or reserved by calling the Newton County NAACP at 770-787-9575 or 404-964-4051, or by emailing newtoncountynaacp@gmail.com.