Freedom Fund breakfast set

Published 6:31 pm Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will hold its annual Freedom Fund event on Feb. 28.

Unlike past events, which have been luncheon or dinner events, this year’s installment by the Nansemond-Suffolk branch will be a prayer breakfast.

It’s the biggest fundraiser of the year for the branch and is used to fund scholarships and other branch programs.

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Brenda Andrews, owner and publisher of the New Journal and Guide in Norfolk, will be the keynote speaker and also one of the honorees.

“We are going to recognize her for her contributions in the community,” said Costellar Ledbetter, president of the branch.

Others will be honored, including radio personality Leroy Butler and other people “who have been in the media industry for several years,” Ledbetter said.

One special honor will be a surprise.

“We’re going to honor someone who is known in this community and has done a lot of very essential work for this city,” Ledbetter said. “That will be a surprise.”

Entertainment will be the mime team from East End Baptist Church, the Ambassadors of Christ, and praise dancers from New Gospel Temple Church of God in Christ, Ledbetter said.

The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Shepherd Center at Tabernacle Christian Church, 2500 E. Washington St. Vendors will be available beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 539-2003 or 942-1339.