Thanks to everyone who attended and made the 2015 event a great success.
Please join us on Saturday, 8 October 2016 at Circus Circus-Reno.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30, program at 7:00 p.m.

Reserve your sponsorship, program ad and/or tickets now. No increase in prices from 2015.

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Patricia Gallimore, President
NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112
(775) 846-2952

Andrew Barbano, First Vice-President
NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112
(775) 786-1455

NAACP sets 71st Annual Freedom Fund Awards Banquet
Circus Circus-Reno Saturday Oct. 8, 2016

RENO, Nev. (Updated Oct. 5, 2016) — "Our Lives Matter, Our Votes Count" will be the theme of the Reno-Sparks NAACP's 71st Annual Freedom Fund Awards Banquet on Saturday evening, Oct. 8, 2016, at Circus Circus Hotel-Casino in downtown Reno.

Mandalay Ballroom doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 and the evening's program scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

The event is the longtime civil rights organization's principal fundraiser and supports college scholarships for high school students and other community activities. As always, awards will be presented in recognition of outstanding public service.

Keynote speaker will be California community leader and activist Grace Livingston-Nunley. Lt. Commander Oliver Miller III of the City of Reno Police Department will serve as master of ceremonies.

The Reno-Sparks Branch has recently been at the forefront of expanding voting rights both in court and at the Nevada Legislature as well as fighting for improved educational opportunities.

Reservations are strongly recommended as the event is approaching capacity. Tickets for NAACP members are $65.00 per person in advance, $75.00 at the door. Non-member tickets are $95.00 in advance, $105.00 at the door, and include a one-year regular membership. Youth, student and senior tickets are $40.00 in advance, $50.00 at the door. Prices are the same as the 2015 event. Vegetarian entrées will be available upon advance request in place of the prawns and filet main course.

Reservations may be made by calling (775) 322-2992, online via and also by mailing checks payable to Reno-Sparks NAACP, P.O. Box 7757, Reno NV 89510. (Call first. It's late.)

Information about sponsorships and souvenir program ads may be accessed at

This year's major event sponsors include Wells Fargo Bank, the Community Services Agency of Washoe County, the Sparks Nugget, Washoe County, the Northern Nevada Black Cultural Awareness Society and Washoe County Commission Chair Kitty Jung.

The Reno-Sparks Branch of the nation's oldest civil rights organization was founded in 1944.

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Gale Sanders

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Vegetarian entrées will be available by advance request in place of the prawns and filet main course.
For the kitchenesquely uninitiated: An old union broilerman lightens up on the menu

For the kitchenesquely uninitiated: An old union broilerman lightens up on the menu

Q from a guest: "Evidently there is a menu, if so can you forward the menu so we can choose."

A: Apparently, surf 'n' turf or veggies is too complicated. So try this, a lighthearted description of the menu choices for Saturday:

Filet is the most tender and tasty beefsteak there is, a cut from a muscle on the top of the back that is largely unused. It is generally the most fat-free cut of beef. (There are also pork filets, which are also tender but much smaller.)

Circus will serve it broiled. (Porterhouse steak trivia: The long part if separated from the bone is a New York steak; the small, roundish part is the filet. If the filet is removed but the New York stays on the bone, that's a Delmonico steak, named after the famed NYC restaurant which back in its glory days took up almost a whole city block. Donald Trump would have appreciated it.)

I don't know which Frenchman named filet after his daughter Mignon or why. That's why God made Google.

Shrimp Scampi is redundant. A "scampi" (would the singular be "scampus"?) is a large shrimp, so it's not only redundant but a brawny prawn oxymoron.

Fitting in nicely with this moronic screed.

Our contract calls for "Charbroiled Filet Maitre'd and Shrimp Scampi resting on a garlic crouton, saffron rice, vegetable du jour (that means the jury has to be unanimous), butter and rolls (but not greasy Rolls Royce), and tequila lime pie." (i.d. required, ole!)

I can translate the "Maitre'd" (short for "maitre'd hotel") part. In plain English, it means they throw some melted butter with parsley in it over the steak just before it's served. (I'm an old union broilerman.)

Veggie Wellington is a name ripped off from Beef Wellington, which is a filet baked in a pastry crust. It is never, ever to be served with ice cream unless you are a fan of Napolean who didn't like the Duke of Wellington very much. This Wellington is veggies and jack cheese in a puff pastry shell.

Don't know if Tom Brady and the New England Patriots will be inflating the puff pastry.

Hope this helps. If not, be aware that two people are getting the filet without scampi (or Mademoiselle Mignon). The chefs will be very careful to avoid any cross-contamination, e.g., sauce from the scampi dripping onto their plates.

They are also preparing a by-request dish. A lady from Carson City has severe allergies to gluten and they are working on something that she can handle.

So I guess you could say that the Circus Circus chefs are working to achieve glutenous minimus to cover their collective gluteus maximus.

Now I'm gonna get my arse outta here.

Be well. Raise hell.

Andrew Barbano


NAACP Reno-Sparks Branch No. 1112

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