Freedom Fund Dinner
October 1, 2022

Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. | Program starts at 6:30 p.m.

RSVP by 9/16/22

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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. For sponsorship information or to donate click the buttons below or call us at 513-281-1900.

Keynote Speaker

Benjamin Jealous

President and Chief Executive Officer for the National NAACP (2008-2013)

Please join us as we educate, empower, and engage the community. We would look forward to hearing from you. With the Cincinnati NAACP: YOU Are The Movement!
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Award Winners

2022 President’s Award Recipient

Ron Dumas

Avon Fields Golf Course & Hamilton County Juvenile Court Retiree

The President’s Award is the highest award given at the local branch level that is chosen by the branch president to recognize an individual that has been a pillar of the organization for their individual sacrifice and overall impact.

Wright Overstreet Memorial Award

Daronce Daniels

Lincoln Heights City Council, The Heights Movement

The Wright Overstreet Award was established in 1989 to honor the memories of two dedicated civil rights leaders, Rev. Samuel Ross Wright and Mr. Henry Overstreet, Jr. Both men are recognized through this award for their work in the NAACP and in the community.

Theodore M. Berry Award

Charles Johnson

Former Mayor of Forest Park, Former Forest Park City Council

The Theodore M. Berry Award was established in 1995 to recognize outstanding achievement in the political arena and in service to the community.

Community Outreach & Partnership Awards

Bishop LeVelton J. Daniel

Senior Pastor of Greater Emanuel Apostolic Temple, Individual

Chandra Matthews-Smith

United Way, Chief Community Engagement Officer, Non-Profit



Distinguished Volunteer Award

Dr. Vanessa Y. White

The Distinguished Volunteer Award recognizes a very impactful volunteer of the Cincinnati Branch of the NAACP and a trusted member that has over time dedicated their time, energy, and resources to help push forward the mission of the local branch of the NAACP.

Empowering Education Award

Carlton R. Collins

Leading Men Fellowship

The Empowering Education Award recognizes leaders in education, who greatly impact African American students in the Greater Cincinnati Area.

Inspiring Innovator Award

Rosemary Oglesby-Henry

Rosemary’s Babies

The Inspiring Innovator Award is given to organizations or persons who change the world we live in with their innovation and creativity.


Title Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Cincinnati Enquirer
Duke Energy OH & KY
Episcopal Retirement Services
Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Prestige AV & Creative Services
Sentinel Police Association
Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio

Freedom Friends

Closing the Health Gap
Interact for Health
Laborers Local 265
SPARK Philanthropy
Standard Textile
University of Cincinnati Office of Equity & Inclusion
US Bank
Xavier University

Steadfast for Freedom

AFL-CIO Labor Council
Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority
Cincinnati Reds
Cochran Firm
Denise Driehaus
Easley Blessed Media
Ironworkers Local 44
LifeCenter Organ Donor Network
Robert & Sherri Richardson
SuperSeeds, Inc

2022 Sponsorship Levels

For Sponsorship details, please contact Vanessa White, Freedom Fund Dinner Committee Chair at (513) 417-9282 or freedomfund@cincinnatinaacp.com

Freedom Funder


  • Acknowledgment from the podium
  • Dinner Tickets (Two Tables of 10)
  • 20 Drink Tickets
  • 20 NAACP Notebooks

  • Full Page Ad in Program Book

  • Logo on Freedom Fund Webpage

  • 4 Social Media Promotions
  • 20 NAACP Wrist Bands

Platinum Sponsor


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

  • 10 Drink Tickets

  • 10 NAACP Notebooks

  • Full Page Ad in Program Book

  • Logo on Freedom Fund Webpage
  • 3 Social Media Promotions

  • 10 NAACP Wrist Bands

Gold Sponsor


  • Dinner Tickets (Table of 10)

  • 10 NAACP Notebooks

  • Half Page Ad in Program Book

  • Logo on Freedom Fund Webpage
  • 2 Social Media Promotions

  • 10 NAACP Wrist Bands

Silver Sponsor


  • Dinner Tickets (Table of 10)

  • Quarter Page Ad in Program Book

  • 1 Social Media Promotion

  • 10 NAACP Wrist Bands

Freedom Friend


  • Dinner Tickets (Table of 10)

  • Quarter Page Ad in Program Book

  • 10 NAACP Wrist Bands

Steadfast for Freedom


  • Dinner Tickets (Table of 10)

  • Name in Program Book

  • 10 NAACP Wrist Bands

Become a Freedom Fund Dinner Sponsor

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.

2021 Freedom Fund Dinner
2019 Freedom Fund Dinner