Reno-Sparks NAACP 63rd Annual Freedom Fund Banquet

Power of the Vote
Atlantis Casino-Resort-Spa Convention Center, Reno
Saturday, June 7, 2008
6:00 p.m.

Civil rights legend returns to Reno this Saturday, 40 years after sparking construction of Pat Baker Park memorial to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Charles Kuralt On the Road historic video
will be a highlight of the evening

Non-cancellable ticket reservations:

Breaking News: Matriarch of Pat Baker Park returns 40 years later
Will attend Freedom Fund event and present historic film of 1968 tribute to Dr. King
Daily Sparks Tribune / 6-1-2008

Program of the evening

NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch 1112 scholarship winners honored at the 2007 Freedom Fund Banquet.

Reno-Sparks NAACP Branch No. 1112
63rd Annual Freedom Fund Banquet
Power of the Vote
Atlantis Casino-Resort-Spa Convention Center, Reno
Saturday, June 7, 2008
6:00 p.m.

Program of the evening

Master of Ceremonies: Napolean Haney
Special Assistant to the Reno City Manager

Invocation: Rev. Glen Taylor
Sr. Pastor, Greater Life Christian Center

Welcome: Lucille Adin
Reno-Sparks Branch President

National Anthem+Lift Every Voice and Sing: Vanessa Anderson

Membership Appeal: Dolores Feemster
Reno-Sparks Branch Membership Chair

Special Recognition: Pat Shannon

Dinner — Musical Selections by the Noah Said Trio

Introduction of Keynote Speaker
by Lonnie Feemster, Branch past-president and Chair of Reno-Sparks Branch Committees on Religious Affairs and Back-to-School/Stay-in-School

Keynote Speaker: Alice Huffman
NAACP National Board Member and President, California State Conference

Dance Selection: LaCoya McClay

Acknowledgment of Corporate Sponsors

Awards Recognition
Outstanding Youth: Joseph Harris
Lifetime Achievement: Dr. Rupert Seals
Community Service: Reno Councilmember Jessica Sferrrazza
Humanitarian: Rev. John Auer

Recognition of Scholarship Recipients: Jane Moon, Scholarship Committee Chair

Benediction: Rev. Carl Jackson, Asst. Pastor, Second Baptist Church


Alice A. Huffman was elected president of the California State Conference of the NAACP in October, 1999, and reelected for the fifth time in October, 2007. She is the first woman to hold this post. In 2002 she was elected to the NAACP National Board of Directors, representing Region I.

In 2006 she was named the number one president in the Nation. In 2006, the State Conference was named number one in the nation. As state president, Ms. Huffman leads 62 local branches, more than 30 college chapters and youth units. With her leadership, they continue to fight for the civil rights and equality for people of color.

Her past experience includes serving as an appointee in Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration where she was Chief Deputy Director of the State Parks and Recreation Department and later his Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity, a cabinet level position. She also served as the Associate Executive Director for Politics for the California Teachers Association and State President of the Black American Political Association of California.

Alice is Founder and President/CEO of A.C. Public Affairs, Inc., a public affairs firm that specializes in public and grass roots advocacy. She serves on the Democratic National Committee and was Co-chair for the Site-Selection Committee for the 2004 Democratic Convention and was later named Chair of the National Democratic Convention committee.
She is a member of the Rules Committee for the California Democratic Party.

Currently, Huffman serves on the board for Capitol Focus, as well as serving on T-CAP, which is a consumer advisory panel to AT&T. In addition, Ms. Huffman serves as a commissioner on the "Commission for One California," that was designed to serve as a forum for diversity and understanding headed by Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante.

She has recently been appointed to Speaker Wesson’s Commission on Police Conduct.

Huffman, a graduate of the University of California Berkeley with honors in Social/Cultural Anthropology, with advance studies at University of Pennsylvania, University of California Davis, and University of Southern California, believes learning is a lifelong process
Alice was inducted into the Los Angeles African American Women Political Action Committee’s (LAAAWPAC) Political Hall of Fame in April 2002 for her outstanding achievements as a social activist in the minority community.

Ms. Huffman is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Kappa Alpha, and also the Sacramento Branch NAACP. She has been listed in Who’s Who International, Who’s Who Professional, and Who’s Who of Politics for the past 20 years.

The Los Angeles Times called her one of the most powerful people in California. The California Journal listed her as one of the top 50 individuals who had the greatest impact on California over the last 25 years and her local African American Newspaper, The Sacramento Observer, annually includes her in its 100 most influential citizens.

Reno-Sparks NAACP 63rd Annual Freedom Fund Banquet
Power of the Vote
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Atlantis Casino-Resort-Spa Convention Center, Reno

No Host bar 6:00 p.m. - Dinner 7:00 p.m.
Atlantis Casino Resort Spa Convention Center
Tickets $50
No-Host Bar/Reception 6:00 pm
Dinner 7:00 pm

For more information, please contact
Banquet Chair: Gloria Bennett-Jackson (775) 425-3009
Ticket Chair: Dolores Feemster (775) 323-3677


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NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112

Lucille Adin, President
Rose Gordon, First VP, Youth Co-chair
Larry Wilson, Second VP, Labor & Industry Chair
Rev. Onie Cooper, Third VP
Janet West, Secretary
Patricia Wilson, Treasurer

P.O. Box 7757
Reno, NV 89510
Phone (775) 322-2992
Fax (775) 322-9909


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