Pursuing Liberty...Reconnections...and Celebrations

On Friday evening, May 13th at the Springside Inn, adjacent to Owasco Lake in Fleming, New York, aaduna's publisher, bill berry, jr. hosted the 49th Annual Auburn/Cayuga County NAACP's Freedom Fund Banquet.  This affair honored community leaders in education, business, religion, and youth leadership; provided college assistance stipends to deserving high school seniors and presented Promise Awards to outstanding middle school students of color.  

William E Berry Jr, publisher/CEO Aaduna Inc ~ Master of Cermonies
Serving as Master of Ceremonies, bill combined contemporary social commentary interspersed with comedic quips and intriguing anecdotes that engaged the diverse, multicultural, and inter-generational audience while providing an appropriate backdrop to the sit down dinner, governmental proclamations, guest speaker address, and award presentations.  

Joseph Holland, Keynote Speaker, Auburn/Cayuga NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet
Guest speaker Joseph Holland, cited by President Clinton in 1993 for his community-building initiatives and recipient of President George Bush's Volunteer Action Award in 1991, currently "is a Harlem-based writer, attorney, entrepreneur, civic leader and ordained minister with 30 years experience building institutions that serve the community."  Holland delivered the standing ovation keynote address at the banquet, and was recognized for his CEO leadership of Kingdom Partners Group, a real estate company that financially empowers churches through the strategic development of churches' real estate assets.

Check out the photos and video from this event.  It will enrich your Monday and get your new week off to a good start.

Honorable Michael D. Quill, Mayor, City of Auburn, NY
Honorable Keith Batman, Chairman, Cayuga County Legislature

Honorable Gary D. Finch, NY Assemblyman, 126th District

Christina M. Cornell, representing the 24th congressional district for Congressman John Katko
Jack Hardy, introducing the keynote speaker, Joe Holland

Keynote Speaker, Joseph H. Holland

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