BY RITA SMITH
The Manatee County Branch NAACP will hold its Annual Freedom Fund & Awards Dinner on Friday, October 14, 2016, under the Theme “Our Lives Matter, Our Votes Count.” The event will be held at the fabulous IMG Academy Golf & Banquet Center, 4350 El Conquistador Pkwy, Bradenton, FL. Reception at 6:00 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m.
The keynote speaker is Tracy Martin, father of deceased Trayvon Martin. Since the 2012 death of his son in a violent confrontation, Tracy Martin has committed his life to transforming tragedy into change. Despite his devastating loss, Martin was able to channel his immeasurable heartache into the immense strength needed to elicit positive change. He now is fighting for the broad societal shift required to ensure that a similar incident never claims the life of another child.
This year’s honorees are as follows: Lifetime Achievement Award – The Honorable Attorney Layon F. Robin- son, II; Business Person Award – Tyrone Smith ; Community Service Award – Mae Lizzie Jenkins; Unsung Hero Award – The Late Theodore Jenkins; and Unsung Heroine Award – Angela Willett. Tickets are $70/each, or table of 10 $650. For information on how you can participate, you may contact Peggy Delegato, Program Chairperson, at 941-592-1257 the Branch
President Rodney Jones, at 941-932-6136; or Rita B Smith, Branch Secretary, at 941-321-3224.