FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 21,1999 - November 17, 1999
Contact: Gena Davis Communications
Beverly Speights: 310 645-5320
Gena Davis: 323 293-9499
ANGELES NAACP HOST FREEDOM FUND DINNER
Los Angeles�. The Los Angeles Branch of the National Association for
the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will host their 1999 Freedom
Fund Dinner on Wednesday, November 17, 1999 at the beautiful Westin Los
Angeles Airport Hotel located at 5400 West Century Boulevard, Los Angeles.
The reception begins at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m.
Traditionally, this gala event is in celebration of the contributions
and achievements of Roy Wilkins. This year's theme, "Lighting the Pathway,"
exemplifies NAACP's historical accomplishments during this century
and its continued vision in the new millennium. The highlight of the evening
will include a special awards presentation honoring those individuals
whose contributions and achievements merit special recognition.
A special award presentation, the Thurgood Marshall Humanitarian Award,
will be given to Bill and Melinda Gates and the Gate Foundation
for their extraordinary generosity in the formation of the $1 billion
Gates " Millennium Scholars Program."
The Honorable Juanita Millender-McDonald, of the 37th Congressional District,
will receive the President's New Millennium Leadership Award. Retired
Brigadier General Celes King, III President and Founder of Congress of
Racial Equality (CORE), will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. Reverend
Cecil "Chip" Murray, Pastor of First African Methodist Episcopal (AME)
Church, will receive the Medgar Evers Award.
Bernard Parks, Los Angeles Chief of Police, will receive the H. Claude
Hudson Award. Attorney Leon Jenkins, Chairman of the Los Angeles NAACP
Legal Redress Committee, will receive the Volunteer of the Year Award.
Maggie Hathaway, Golf's First Lady, will receive the Ida B. Wells Medal
of Courage Award.
One of the goals of the Los Angeles NAACP is to improve the political,
educational, social and economic status of minority groups by creating
job fairs, linkage programs and job readiness training that will enhance
opportunities disadvantage job seekers. The branch firmly believes that
such programs are crucial components for building economic empowerment
for community residents in the next millennium.
For general information, please contact the Los Angeles NAACP at (323)
3910 Martin Luther King Jr.
Blvd. Suite 202
Los Angeles, Calif. 90008
Making The Difference In Our Community
FREEDOM FUND DINNER
HONORARY DINNER CHAIR
Brenda Hiza, Chief Executive Office
United Parcel Service
Vickie Thompson, Vice President
Bank of America
DINNER and SPONSOR
From the 405, exit Century Blvd. west towards the Los Angeles
Airport. The entrance to the Westin, Los Angeles Airport will
be 1 block past La Cienga on the left hand side of Century
From the Airport, take Century Blvd. exit east. Continue
on Century Blvd. approx. 4 blocks. The Westin Los Angeles Airport
will be 1/2 block past Aviation Blvd. located on right hand side
of Century blvd.