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Freedom Fund

Annual Banquet




44th Annual Freedom Fund

Souvenir Journal


44th Annual
Freedom Fund Banquet

 ** SOLD OUT **

Saturday, October 28, 2023
Radisson Hotel & Suites
100 W. Michigan Avenue | Kalamazoo
5pm EST


Freedom Fund

A Message from the Chairperson

Greetings Friends,

We are excited to invite you to the Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch of the NAACP’s 44th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet! Our banquet will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2023, 5:00pm, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel, 100 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI.


In 1946, eighty-seven culturally diverse residents established the Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch of the NAACP. The mission then and continues to be today is to achieve equality and equity for the most marginalized and disenfranchised people, particularly Black people, and people of color.


Our Theme this year is THRIVING TOGETHER. We are dedicated and committed to ensuring the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all people and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination in this community. We cannot do this work alone; it is going to take an intentional collective effort by all of us, we know it can be done! We need you to join us in this work!


The Freedom Fund Banquet is our major annual fundraiser and the support you have shown us over the years is appreciated. We ask for your continued support by way of being a sponsor or via the purchase of an ad in our Virtual Program Souvenir booklet. This booklet will be viewed during our Freedom Fund event and on our website from October 2023 to October 2024. The socialization of your advertisement will assist with your business or organization’s visibility and demonstrate your support of the work of the MKBNAACP.


Please see the attached form for pricing information. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Freedom Fund Chair, Lola Clark Atkinson, at 269-547-0326.





Wendy Y. Fields                                                              Lola Clark Atkinson

President                                                                                  Freedom Fund Chair

Freedom Fund

Tickets, Souvenir Journal, Sponsorship


Adult (19+ years old)               $70

Student (up to 18 years old)  $30

Table (10 seats)                      $650

Sponsorships ***

Platinum Sponsor                $5,000

Gold Sponsor                       $3,000

Silver Sponsor                      $2,000

Bronze Sponsor                   $1,000

Jade Sponsor                      $500



Souvenir Booklet Ads

Back/Inside Cover (8.5x11) $500

Full Page (8.5x11) $300

Half Page (7.5x4.5) $150

Quarter Page (4.25x5.5) $75

Business Cards (2x3.5) $45


*** Sponsorship Note: Sponsorships include a full-page ad in the Virtual Souvenir Booklet, tickets to and recognition during the Freedom Fund Banquet, October 28 as well as recognition on the MKB website through the 2023 fiscal year. Tickets: Platinum (1 table - 10 seats); Gold (8 tickets); Silver (6 tickets); Bronze (4 tickets); Jade (2 tickets)


Tax Deduction Note: Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch—NAACP is a 501(c)4 organization and contributions are not tax-deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. But may be deductible as trade or business expenses, if ordinary and necessary in the conduct of the taxpayer’s business.

Email photo ready ads to

Acceptable formats: tiff, jpeg, png or pdf. 


Ads and payments due by October 6, 2023 by 11:59PM EST.



Mail check or money order 

Made payable to: 
Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch NAACP
PO Box 51473
Kalamazoo, MI 49005-1473


Credit Card or ACH

Payments for tickets, sponsorships and ads can be paid online by credit card and ACH

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Freedom Fund

Award Nominations

Each year, the Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch NAACP honors individuals and organizations from the greater Kalamazoo area who have positively impacted people of color in the community. 


Nominations for the Humanitarian, Distinguished Veteran and Dr. Charles C. Warfield Youth Community Service Award are now being accepted.


Deadline for Applications are due Friday, September 29, 2023 by 11:59PM EST.

Humanitarian Award
       Application Information

This award honors an individual from the community whose significant contributions have improved the lives of people of color in the areas of politics, education, religion, civil rights and/or community service. 

Online Nomination Form
Downloadable Nominations

Distinguished Veteran Award
       Application Information

Distinguished Veteran Award honors service men and women whose lives (post military) have exemplified service and a commitment to the betterment of the greater Kalamazoo community. 

Online Nomination Form
Downloadable Nominations

Dr. Charles C. Warfield Youth Community Service Award
       Application Information

Dr. Charles C. Warfield Youth Community Service Award honors the fine efforts of a local African-American high school senior with a sense of community who is energetically and enthusiastically engaged in community service, community projects, and other community-based activities. 

Online Nomination Form
Downloadable Nominations

Freedom Fund

Souvenir Journal


Freedom Fund

Organization and Corporate Sponsors

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