NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112
66th Annual Freedom Fund Awards Banquet
Building Nevada’s Future

Saturday, May 14, 2011
Grand Ballroom, Atlantis Resort-Spa-Casino, Reno
3800 South Virginia Street, Reno, Nevada
Reception at 6:00 p.m. Dinner at 7:00 p.m.

Honoring two giants

Rev. Onie Cooper
Dr. Milton Glick

Rev. Onie Cooper and Dr. Milton Glick will be remembered at the Reno-Sparks NAACP’s 66th Annual Freedom Fund Awards Banquet on Saturday, May 14, 2011, at the Atlantis Resort in Reno. Reception begins at 6:00 p.m. with dinner at 7:00 p.m. in the hotel's Grand Ballroom.

The keynote address will be delivered by retired City of Reno Assistant Chief of Police Ondra (pronounced like the French "Andre") Berry. He currently serves as a colonel in the Nevada Air National Guard and is a partner in a consulting firm. 

Dr. Glick, who died in his fifth year as University of Nevada president, will posthumously receive the NAACP education advocate award. His wife Peggy will accept on his behalf. She will be accompanied by UNR Interim President Dr. Marc Johnson. A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded in Dr. Glick's name. He was a member of the Reno-Sparks branch throughout his tenure and succeeded in increasing minority enrollment during his administration.

Rev. Cooper was a lifelong civil rights and human rights advocate. He served as branch president in 1977-78. As a result of his personal campaign, a 22-mile stretch of US 395 through Reno was named for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Additional Freedom Fund honorees this year include Girl Scouts of America leader Barbara Bolton, who will receive the annual youth advocate award, and Reno's Second Baptist Church, winner of the annual civil rights advocate award.

The event is the local organization's principal annual fundraiser. Table sponsorships start at $1,000 for corporations and $600 for non-profit organizations. Individual tickets are $60 in advance, $65 at the door. They may be obtained by contacting Banquet Chair Patricia Gallimore (775) 746-9453, Co-Chair, Lucille Adin, (775) 356-3563, or Ticket Chair, Dolores Feemster, (775)-323-3677.

Tickets, tables and sponsorships may also be purchased through the branch website,

The NAACP is the nation's leading and longest established civil rights organization and has been a champion in the civil rights movement for more than 100 years. The Reno-Sparks Branch was chartered in 1945.

Dear Supporters:

The Reno/Sparks Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) would like your support of the 66th Annual Reno-Sparks NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet, "Building Nevada’s Future."

The banquet will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2011, in the Grand Ballroom at the Atlantis Resort Spa Casino, 3800 S. Virginia Street in Reno. A reception will begin at 6:00 p.m and dinner at 7:00 p.m.

The NAACP works to achieve opportunity for everyone, so they may enjoy the American dream: equal access to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Over the past few years, the Reno/Sparks Branch has:

  • Implemented "Back to School Stay in School;" six events per year that reduce student dropout rates and increases academic achievement
  • Provided over $75,000 for youth programs and scholarships with no administrative costs
  • Coordinated efforts to increase 2010 Census participation with faith based and other organizations
  • Conducted Business Development and Personal Financial Management workshops
  • Registered over 13,000 new voters statewide as part of a NAACP National Voter Fund and the NAACP Nevada Election Empowerment program
  • Received recognition as one of the top NAACP Branches for outstanding programs during two National NAACP Annual Conventions
  • Participated on advisory committees to the city, county and state government, Washoe County School District and local law enforcement agencies to provide insight on diversity issues
  • Continued to fight for equal opportunity in housing, employment, public accommodations in Northern Nevada

How you can support the NAACP:

      1. Fund Platinum Sponsorship of $3,000 for the Freedom Fund Banquet; this includes a full-page ad in the banquet program, a corporate banner at the banquet and corporate sponsor recognition during the next year. (Contributions or gifts to this NAACP unit are generally not tax deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.)
      2. Donate $2,000 to our "Back to School Stay in School" program. Donations must be made payable to "NAACP, SCF" (Special Contribution Fund). Donations should be noted "for the Reno/Sparks Back to School Stay In School Program." (Contributions to this 501 (c) 3 program are generally tax deductible.)

Thank you for your consideration, we look forward to hearing from you.


Lonnie L. Feemster
President, Reno Sparks NAACP Branch #1112
(775) 722-0042

Banquet Tickets
Complete and return this form to the Branch. Your ticket(s) will be mailed or hand-delivered.

( ) Platinum Sponsor . . . . . . ……$3,000
Reserved Table, 10 tickets, full-page advertisement in the souvenir booklet, banquet banner, annual sponsor recognition
( ) Gold Sponsor . . . . . . . . . . …..$2,000
Reserved Table, 10 tickets, half-page advertisement in the souvenir booklet
( ) Silver Sponsor . . . . . . . . . . …..$1,000
Reserved Table10 tickets, Quarter page advertisement
( ) Non-Profit Reserved Table……$600
10 dinner tickets
( ) Advance Adult Ticket . . . . . . . . $60 ( ) At the door ticket…………………$65
( ) I am not able to attend and I would like to support the Branch. Enclosed is my contribution of _____________

Souvenir Book Advertising
( ) Back Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . …. $600.00
( ) Inside Front or Back Cover…. $500.00
( ) Full Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …. $400.00
( ) Half Page . . . . . . . . . . . . ….. . $250.00
( ) Quarter Page . . . . . . . …. . . . . $150.00
( ) Business Card . . . . . . …. . . .. $100.00
Camera ready advertisement is due by April 29, 2011 and can be sent by e-mail to the Souvenir Book Coordinator, Ceola Davis
Telephone (775) 337-1181
Mailing address__________________________________________________________
Telephone_________________________Contact Information_____________________

Check/money order only, payable to: Reno/Sparks NAACP, P.O. 7757, Reno, NV. 89510

Banquet Chair Patricia Gallimore (775) 746-9453, Co-Chair, Lucille Adin, (775) 356-3563
Ticket Chair, Dolores Feemster, (775)-323-3677

You may also pay for ads, tickets or sponsorships through EBay's PayPal service at the front page of this website.
Please specify details of exactly what the transaction is for. Thank you.

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