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Oct. 3: Norfolk NAACP To Observe 58th Freedom Fund Celebration


The Norfolk NAACP will observe its 58th Annual Life Membership and Freedom Fund event with a luncheon at noon on October 3 at the Murray Center, 455 Brambleton Avenue in Norfolk. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Pursuing Liberty in the Face of Injustice.”

The guest keynote speaker for this year’s celebration is Mrs. Denise Sterling Gallop, Assistant Director for the Norfolk Department of Human Services. Brenda H. Andrews, Owner and Publisher of the New Journal & Guide Newspaper, is the Mistress of Ceremonies.

Mrs. Gallop’s unique blend of real life experiences and professional training have served her well for over 20 years providing services supporting children, families and communities. She has held a wide range of human service roles to include Residential Treatment Counselor, Emergency Services Clinician, Hospital Social Worker, Child Welfare Social Worker, Intensive In-home Services Counselor, National Therapeutic

Foster Care Director, Comprehensive Services Act (CSA) Administrator, Deputy Director of the Hampton, Virginia Department of Human Services, all which have prepared her for her current position as the Assistant Director for the Norfolk, Virginia Department of Human Services.

The Norfolk Branch NAACP will present two $500 Scholarships to graduating seniors from the Norfolk Public Schools System, The Melinease Hutchinson Scholarship Award and the James Julian Smith Scholarship Award.

To purchase individual tickets at $45 or tables for $450, call (757) 461-3577. Joe Dillard is the Norfolk NAACP President.

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