The Drew County NAACP recently announced its plans for its annual fundraising event.

The 2020 Freedom Fund Gala will be held virtually on Friday, October 30 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. by Zoom and Facebook Live. Due to the conditions of the pandemic, the branch has made a transition to host its annual fundraising event free and open to the surrounding public, according to gala coordinator and branch executive board member, Peggy Orr.

The guest speaker will be Dr. Keila Foster, a Work-Based Learning Coordinator for the Prince George’s County School District in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The daughter of Sam T. Foster of Natchez, Mississippi and Annie Phillips Foster of Longview, Arkansas, Dr. Foster received a full tuition scholarship to Howard University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism. After college, she followed her passion for education by joining the Mississippi Teacher Corps and taught math in Sardis, Mississippi, while earning her Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Mississippi. She also served as a math and special education teacher in Memphis, Tennessee.

While in Memphis, Dr. Foster became co-chair of Women In NAACP (WIN) for the Memphis NAACP Chapter, Charter member of the Shelby County Tennessee Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. chapter and contributing writer for the Tri-State Defender newspaper. She is a subscribing Life Member of the NAACP, past co-chair of the Howard County Maryland Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) program. She currently serves on the WIN committee in Maryland and has appeared on the Dr. Phil Show and C-SPAN speaking on educational discipline equity.

Joining the line up will be Gabriel Pace of GPace Ent and young recording artist for entertainment; and special honorees, Bob Ware, April Block and Jerome Perez.

Ware, who will receive the education award is vice chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Monticello-McGehee Technical College; Block, the business awardee, is the owner and operator of Breaker Drive-In; and Perez, the ACT-SO community service awardee, is an officer at the Monticello Police Department.

A memorial will be presented in honor of the late James Ambrose and the late Louis Dunlap who faithfully served the Drew County/Monticello NAACP #6042 Branch.

Branch president, Tommy Daniels, Peggy Orr, and branch members invite the public to attend.
Participants should dress to impress and join the event by Zoom ID: 880-6031-7942, Passcode: 532787 or Drew County NAACP #6042 Facebook page.

For more information contact Peggy Orr at 870.224.2416.