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Wheeling NAACP To Hold Freedom Fund Banquet Saturday, Sept. 25

WHEELING — Local community leaders will be honored this evening as the Wheeling Branch NAACP will hold its eighth-annual Freedom Fund Banquet, beginning at 6 p.m. at the McLure Hotel and Conference Center at 1200 Market St. in Wheeling.

The branch will honor Dionne Cox and Edith Fuller as its latest Freedom Fund Community Award recipients, while Thelma Griffin, Shirley Paige and Lena Richardson-Walters all will be honored as Freedom Fund Memorial Award recipients.

Cox, according to a release from Wheeling Branch NAACP, has long been an advocate for children and teaches them how to advocate for themselves. She also instills in them a sense of right and wrong.

Fuller, a retired teacher in Ohio County Schools, guided school-wide creative and cultural programs and, through her travels to Japan, started the JUKU Club, often with hundreds of students participating. Fuller served as a MERIT Mentor Teacher and Red Apple teacher while in the classroom.

Griffin, Paige and Richardson-Walters are being honored for their drive to serve and improve the community, standing for justice and fairness and leading by example in the many roles they played.

The banquet’s guest speaker is West Liberty University President W. Franklin Evans, who stepped into the role on Jan. 1 and became WLU’s first Black president.

Tickets are $25 each. For further information, contact Darryl Clausell at dclaus52@gmail.com or 304-639-1645.

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