Freedom Fund dinner is Saturday

From AAPSNews Service

More than 80 Ann Arbor high school students will be recognized Saturday, Nov. 7, during the annual Freedom Fund Dinner, sponsored by the Ann Arbor chapter of the NAACP.

African-American students who have earned at least a 3.2 grade point average in school are honored. The local event also honors the 100th anniversary of the NAACP as an organization, said chapter President William Hampton. Keynote speaker for the event will be Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry L. Clayton.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Four Points Sheraton, 3200 Boardwalk Drive, south of E. Eisenhower Pkwy. and east of State Street. Tickets are $50 per person and individuals may sponsor a student for $35 each, to help defray costs; student honorees attend the event free of charge.

Those wishing to attend should contact the NAACP Ann Arbor office at 734-761-9084 by Thursday, Nov. 5. Leave a message at that number; messages are checked twice each day.

Hampton said the event “is almost like a graduation. They get to shake the superintendent’s hand and we give them a gift certificate from Borders.”

The Ann Arbor chapter concentrates heavily on education, giving out a scholarship to a worthy student each spring as well as tutoring students each Saturday, Hampton added.

The local chapter has 96 members.

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