Freedom Award recipients (left to right) Howard Tevlautz, Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee; Marian Redding, Education; Sandra Frank, All Faiths Food Bank; Christine Clark (seated), Lifetime Achievement; Susan Morin, Children’s Healthy Pantry; Terrance Gilliam, Go Forth and Prosper; Judge Erica Quarter maine, Public Ser vice and Leroy Butler, Go Forth and Prosper.

The Sarasota County Branch NAACP held its 31st Annual Freedom Awards Banquet on Thursday, October 6th at the Sarasota Hyatt. Eight citizens and organizations were recognized at the banquet for their significant contributions to the Sarasota community.

The awards were presented to Tyesha Brown, Rising Star; Leroy Butler and Terrance Gilliam, Go Forth and Prosper; Children’s Healthy Pan- try and Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, President’s Awards; Judge Erika N. Quartermaine, Public Service, Marion D. Redding, Education, and Christine C. Clark, Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Rising Star award is presented to a student who maintains a 3.0 or higher GPA and is actively involved in community service and school activities. Brown is a 2016 graduate of Sarasota High School now attending the University of West Florida. The Go Forth and Prosper Award is presented to a young adult who excelled academically during his or her college career and is actively pursuing their career goals. Butler graduated from Booker High School and Lafayette College and works for United Way Suncoast and Booker

Middle School and Gilliam graduated from Sarasota High School and Florida A&M University and works for the Florida Department of Revenue and as a Realtor with Exit Dream Team Realty. President’s Awards recipients Children’s Healthy Pantry which serves children in need of healthy snacks at 10 Title 1 schools in Sarasota County and the Jewish Federation of Sarasota who works toward strengthening the community through meaningful partnerships with faith-based, cultural and educational organizations.

Judge Quartermaine received the Public Service Award which presented to an individual or organization that has used a public position or public resources to enhance or improve the status of a traditionally disenfranchised group. She was instrumental in developing the Comprehensive Treatment Court to stop the revolving door of low level of- fenders with mental illness through the county jail by connecting them with appropriate mental health organizations for proper treatment. Redding received the Education award and a retired educator after 31 years of service at Sarasota Junior High School and Sarasota High School. All Faiths Food Bank received the Business and Industry Award for the services they provide through food banks throughout the community.

Mrs. Clark received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her many years of community service and civic activism. She has been instrumental in raising funds to provide scholarships to many deserving students for many years.

Cynthia S. Howard was banquet chairperson and Trevor D. Harvey is branch president.