Saturday, October 7, 2023
6:00 p.m

Duke Energy Convention Center

The Cincinnati NAACP Annual Freedom Fund Dinner is a long-standing tradition that brings together NAACP members and community supporters to raise funds to support the operations of our local Branch. At the level where we have been working diligently to eliminate discrimination and inequalities for over a decade, since 1915, in 52 neighborhoods and our surrounding communities.

Our initiatives are needed as much now as they ever were. Every day we focus on these key areas: voter education and empowerment, criminal justice reform, public safety, racial health disparities, and economic inclusion, among other aspects. We couldn’t do this work, and accomplish our goals, without the generous support of our community, and monetary support of our mission by our allies and partners.

Keynote Speaker

Hakeem Jeffries

Hakeem Jeffries represents the diverse Eighth Congressional District of New York and is serving his sixth term in the United States Congress.

Rep. Jeffries is the Democratic Leader, having been elected to that position by his colleagues in November 2022. In that capacity, he is the highest-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives.  He has served as a House Impeachment Manager in the Senate trial of former President Trump, the former Chair of the Democratic Caucus, Whip of the Congressional Black Caucus and previously co-chaired the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee where he helped develop the For The People agenda.

In Congress, Rep. Jeffries is a tireless advocate for social and economic justice. He has worked hard to help residents recover from the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic, reform our criminal justice system, improve the economy for everyday Americans and protect our healthcare from right-wing attacks.

Since President Biden took office in January 2021, Rep. Jeffries has been instrumental in House Democratic efforts to put people over politics by lowering costs, creating better-paying jobs and fighting for safer communities. Over the past two years Democrats have passed the American Rescue Plan, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, the CHIPS and Science Act and the Inflation Reduction Act.

Last Congress, Rep. Jeffries was one of the most effective legislators, passing multiple bills through the House of Representatives and into law with substantial bipartisan and stakeholder support.  Such bills included measures to ensure veterans and their families have access to benefits information (H.R. 2093, Public Law No. 117-62), to measure the progress of recovery and efforts to address corruption, rule of law and media freedoms in Haiti (H.R. 2471, Public Law No. 117-103), to protect attorney-client privilege for incarcerated individuals corresponding electronically with their legal representatives (H.R. 546) and to eliminate the federal sentencing disparity between drug offenses involving crack cocaine and powder cocaine once and for all (H.R. 1693).

In the 115th Congress, Rep. Jeffries worked across the aisle as the lead Democratic sponsor of the FIRST STEP Act (S. 756, Public Law No. 115-391), a strong, bipartisan criminal justice reform bill that the President signed into law in December 2018.  Rep. Jeffries partnered with Congressman Doug Collins, a conservative Republican from rural Georgia, on the legislation, which is widely viewed as the most meaningful criminal justice reform effort in a generation.

While he remains committed to working diligently in Washington on behalf of New York’s Eighth Congressional District, Rep. Jeffries also works tirelessly to keep in close contact with constituents. In January, the Congressman begins each year with annual remarks to the district. During the spring and summer, he holds “Congress on Your Corner” outdoor office hours throughout the district. At each stop, the Congressman sets up a table in front of a local post office or on neighborhood corners where constituents are able to meet with him one-on-one.

Rep. Jeffries was born in Brooklyn Hospital, raised in Crown Heights and is a product of New York City’s public school system, having graduated from Midwood High School. He lives in Prospect Heights with his family.

2023 Sponsorship Levels

For Sponsorship details, please contact Joe Mallory, Freedom Fund Dinner Committee Chair at (513) 281-1900 or

Freedom Funder


  • Acknowledgment from the podium
  • Dinner Tickets (Two Tables of 10)
  • 20 VIP Reception Tickets

  • Full Page Ad in Program Book

  • Logo on Freedom Fund Webpage

  • 4 Social Media Promotions

Platinum Sponsor


  • Acknowledgment from the podium
  • Dinner Tickets (Table of 10)

  • 10 VIP Reception Tickets

  • Full Page Ad in Program Book

  • Logo on Freedom Fund Webpage
  • 3 Social Media Promotions

Gold Sponsor


  • Dinner Tickets (Table of 10)

  • Half Page Ad in Program Book

  • Logo on Freedom Fund Webpage
  • 2 Social Media Promotions

Silver Sponsor


  • Dinner Tickets (Table of 10)

  • Quarter Page Ad in Program Book

  • 1 Social Media Promotion

Freedom Friend


  • Dinner Tickets (Table of 10)

  • Quarter Page Ad in Program Book

Steadfast for Freedom


  • Dinner Tickets (Table of 10)

  • Name in Program Book

Standing for Freedom


  • Name in Program Book

  • Name on the Website

2023 Sponsors

Title Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Media Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

Duke Energy Convention Center
Episcopal Retirement Services
Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Humana Inc.
Metro Southwest Ohio
United Way

Freedom Friends

Center for Closing the Health Gap
Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority
Cincinnati Police Department
The Cochran Firm – Ohio
Duke Energy Ohio & Kentucky
Green Umbrella
Laborers’ Local 265
Sheriff McGuffey
UFCW Local 75
U.S. Bank
University of Cincinnati: Office Of Equity, Inclusion & Community Impact
Visit Cincy
Walker Funeral Home

Steadfast for Freedom

AFL-CIO Labor Council
American Jewish Committee (AJC)
Cincinnati Alumni Chapter Kappa Alpha Psi
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Reds
Commissioner Denise Driehaus
First Financial Bank
Iron Workers Local 44
Serving Older Adults through Changing Times (SO-ACT)
The PORT Authority
U.C. Health
Women Helping Women
Xavier University
YWCA Greater Cincinnati

Standing for Freedom

Friends of Seth Walsh
Greater Cincinnati Building & Construction Trades Council
Messer Construction Co.
SPARK Philanthropy

Table Sponsors

Black Folks Plan
Christ Emmanuel Christian Fellowship
The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints
Church of the Resurrection
Cincinnati Federation of Teachers
Commissioner Alicia Reece
Community Action Agency
Fanon Rucker
Government Strategies
Hamilton County’s Election Officials
Hamilton County Office of Reentry
InoarG Yoga
Joe Mallory
Judge Janaya Trotter Bratton
Leonard Thompson
Mt. Zion Baptist Church – Woodlawn
National Council of Negro Women – Cincinnati Chapter
Orlando Sonza
Prestige AV & Creative Services
Quinn Chapel AME
Quinn Chapel AME Usher Board
Raffel Prophett
Remington Road Group
RLH Pageants Unlimited
Robert Richardson
RoSho Awards
Sentinel Police Association
State Rep. Dani Isaacsohn
St. Xavier High School
Talbert House
Top Ladies of Distinction
Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio
William L. Mallory Sr. Family
The Youngs

Freedom Fund Dinner History

Our annual Freedom Fund Dinner serves as an opportunity to celebrate those who have made a difference in the community. It is also a place where the often-unseen work of individuals and organizations are recognized with visual and verbal recognition and awards. Everyday community member comes together to collectively support the work and commitment to civil rights and social justice.

The generous support of our sponsors and those who purchase tickets, allows us to pay our operational expenses for the year. This allows our all-volunteer organization to continue to assist and support those in our community who are addressing societal and systemic injustices through advocacy, engagement and education.