PRESTON — The Caroline County Branch of NAACP held its annual Freedom Fund Awards Luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Preston Fire Hall.

The Rev. Dr. John G. Moore Sr., director of philanthropy and engagement for the United Way of Delaware, gave the keynote address. He stressed the value of each person exercising the constitutional rights and lawful actions to help ensure equality for all, and the elimination of racial hatred and discrimination wherever they exist.

Noted for his exceptional oratorial skills in re-enacting speeches of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Moore concluded his message on a high note as he rendered excerpts from one of King’s speeches.

Special recognition was given to six award honorees. Branch President Berl L. Lovelace Sr. and Branch Executive Committee member Dr. Willie G. Woods presented the awards.

The Youth Achievement Award was presented to Marcus E. Greene; the Lifetime Achievement Award to Janet Fountain; the Business Achievement Award to Cars-R-Us (accepted by Tracey Dunn for the owners Trevor Nichols and Vernon Wilson); the Faith-Based Organization Award to Union Bethel A.M.E. Church, Denton, (accepted by the Rev. Pearl Geter, pastor); the Community Organization Award to the Ladies of Nia (accepted by Malica Dunnock, Donya Graham and Landra Burton); and the President’s Award to Norma Robinson.

Michele Wayman served as mistress of ceremonies. Truly Blessed Ministry, along with soloist Alfreda Dennis Bowyer and pianist James Coursey, provided the music.

The invocation, table blessing and benediction were provided by Elder Sandra Moore, pastor of Soul Saving Ministry in Ridgely. Lunch was provided by Helen’s Catering of Centreville.

Attendees included a cross-section of county residents; clergy; elected government officials; executives of the judicial, law enforcement, print media, and public library systems; as well as NAACP branch presidents and representatives from Wicomico, Dorchester, Talbot and Queen Anne’s counties.

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