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By Joshua Coffman



RADCLIFF — The 18th annual Freedom Fund banquet, a main fund-raiser for the Hardin County NAACP, will for the first time be attended by the national organization’s president.

Dennis Courtland Hayes, an Indianapolis lawyer who is serving as interim president and CEO, will attend the event Saturday night as will state president William Cofield.

“We’re working hard and diligently to get ready,” said Hortensia Morgan, the county chapter president.

A free VIP reception begins at 5:45 p.m. at the Leader’s Club at Fort Knox; the banquet starts at 7.

The event will feature a  performance by mimes and musical acts such as the Golden Tones.

Awards will be given to community members who the local NAACP will recognize for supporting its scholarships and other programs.

Morgan said the local community and businesses have warmly supported the NAACP.

“It’s nice to know you can count on them,” she said.

The NAACP has 2,200 chapters in the United States and abroad, representing about 400,000 members, according to the group’s Web site.

Morgan said the Freedom Fund Banquet recognizes both the organization and the community it serves.

“It brings us together and also continues to bring awareness to the NAACP,” she said.

No tickets will be offered at the door for the $50-a-plate fund-raiser. For more information on the event and the local NAACP chapter, call (270) 877-2772.

Joshua Coffman can be reached at (270) 505-1740.