Saturday, June 1, 2013

Chester Branch NAACP Annual Awards Dinner

Left to right: Nicole Cogdell, Amber Clements, Kameron Staples, Farela Howie, Rhonda Outterbridge, Christian Johnson, DaWan Long, and Van Buren Payne
This was my 3rd year at the NAACP dinner. The 103rd Anniversary was held the Clarion Hotel (Formerly the Ramada Inn) in Essington, PA on May 31, 2013 (usually held in April). State Representative Kirkland mentioned that we were back again for the same chicken dinner. True. But I don’t think anyone was there for the food. We were there to give honor to the recipients of this year’s awards. Here are the winners:

The 2013 Adult Recipients

The President’s Award: Oxman Goodstadt Kuritz Law Firm
The Judge Robert Wright Freedom Award: Joseph Oxman, Esquire
The John Shelton, Sr. Freedom Award: Joel B. McGee, Reverend
The Louis Brown Freedom Award: Farela Howie, Teacher
The Cecil W. Bond Freedom Award: Nicole Cogdell, Community Leader
The George Raymond Freedom Award: Van Buren Payne, Artist

The 2013 Youth Recipients also received scholarships. 

The Cora Lee Dixon Youth Award: Shanan Rykard
The Anna Miller Youth Award: Rhonda Outterbridge
The Gwendolyn J. Foster Youth Award: Christian Johnson
The Victor Bowes Youth Award: Kameron Staples
The Delores R. Shelton Youth Award: Brittany Hughes
The Willie Mae James Leake Youth Award: Aishona Jackson
The John Lee Mathis Youth Award: Amber Clements
The James E. Cottrell Youth Award: DaWan Long

2011 Youth Recipients 

Best part of the evening was listening to the beautiful music by Ms. Tyra Starr.

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