NAACP hosts 54th annual freedom fund dinner and silent auction

10 months 1 day 9 hours ago Saturday, October 14 2017 Oct 14, 2017 Saturday, October 14, 2017 6:47:00 PM CDT October 14, 2017 in News
By: Jasmyn Willis, KOMU 8 Reporter
JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City NAACP chapter hosted its 54th annual Freedom Fund and Silent Auction Saturday. This year's theme is "A Prayer for Justice."
Jefferson City NAACP president Nimrod Chapel said the organization is volunteer-driven and it relies on the support of the community. 
"The money that we raise tonight will not only go towards making sure we have an office that sits there oh high street but that we can have various functions and those things that people can participate in around the state," Chapel said.
Chapel said the NAACP's foundation is in ensuring that everyone has an opportunity to ensure justice and equality no matter who they are.
Proceeds from the event allows the NAACP to provide scholarships.
"The way that plays out in our community is we have many programs that bring together, Lincoln and other facets in the community with whether it's business owners or residents, to ensure the institutions that we have in our city represent the values that we as a society have," Chapel said.
The organization also announced that it will begin working with the Guardian to help tell stories where people have been discriminated against. 
"We're hoping to capture people's experiences," Chapel said. "Some of those will be older folks who have lived through Jim Crow and other folks who are younger. They will have the opportunity to share experiences that they've had so that there can be a correlation made of what's going on in Missouri and in America right now."
Organizations and corporations were also recognized for their commitment to equality and justice. The silent auction started at 6 p.m., and was followed by dinner at 7 p.m. There was an array of items in the silent auction. 
"While there's great division throughout the state and throughout the nation this is an opportunity that we as a community have to really talk about what we believe and put that on full display. There are a number of people who will receive awards this year," Chapel said.

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