Accomack County NAACP sets Freedom Fund Banquet


On Saturday, Feb. 25, the Accomack NAACP will host its Freedom Fund Banquet and Image Awards Ceremony. 

The event will begin with a networking reception at 5 p.m. and the formal banquet is at 6 p.m. at Mary N. Smith Cultural Center in Accomac. 

The event’s theme is, “CommUNITY Through Diversity.”  All proceeds from the banquet will benefit the NAACP’s local and state programming.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Pastor Deon Garner of Gray’s Missionary Baptist Church in Newport News. 

Garner also is principal at Nandua High School. He also serves as an adjunct instructor at Hampton University, teaching Spanish. 

Garner holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish language and literature from Morehouse College in Atlanta and a master’s degree in educational leadership and administration from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. 

He is a published author and supports causes for civil rights and social action, economic empowerment, children, human rights, education, and alleviating poverty.

During the banquet, Image Awards will be presented to several local businesses and individuals for their support and service to our neighbors and communities. 

The event will host local leadership as well as provide musical entertainment, a photo station, door prizes, and food served by the culinary arts students of Arcadia and Nandua high schools.

Bishop David A. Sabatino, president of the Accomack NAACP, said, “The Freedom Fund Banquet is the primary fundraiser to support activities and programming of the chapter. This will be the first major fundraiser since the pandemic and the 2022 Juneteenth festival. We hope the community will look forward to and support the many events and activities we have planned in the near future.”

Tickets are $60. To purchase tickets or to place an ad in the souvenir booklet, please email [email protected], reach out to any chapter member, or call 757-694-5172 or 757-665-6354. No ticket sales will be available at the door.

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