2019 Freedom Fund Event
Get ready for the entertainment extravaganza of the year! Join the East Valley NAACP in celebrating Motown’s 60th anniversary and honoring outstanding community leaders. The 2019 Freedom Fund Awards featuring all your favorite Motown hits performed by local artists will be held on October 12, 2019 at the Tempe Center for the Arts. The show will honor local leaders, organizations, and businesses that are making an impact in the community in alignment with the mission of the NAACP. The East Valley NAACP is proud to announce the 2019 honorees:
President’s Award: CAIR Arizona
Roy Wilkins Humanitarian Award: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – Tempe Alumnae Chapter
Thurgood Marshall Award for Justice: The Honorable Lauren Guyton, Maricopa County Superior Court Commissioner
Barack Obama Award for Political Leadership: The Honorable Reginald Bolding, State Representative and Arizona Legislative Black Caucus Chair
Bass Reeves First Responder Award: Officers Anna Larson and Lindsay Long of the Tempe Police Department
Caesar Chavez Award for Workforce Diversity: Intel Corporation
Dr. Martin Luther King Award for Religious Leadership: Pastor Andre Miller of New Beginnings Church
Fannie Lou Hamer Award for Voting Rights and Access: National Pan-Hellenic Council of Phoenix Metro Area
Ida B. Wells Award for Journalistic Courage: The Arizona Informant
Malala Yousafzai Award for Education Equity: Lloyd Hopkins with the Million Dollar Teacher Project
Navajo Code Talker Award for Veteran Support: The Honorable Ruben Gallego, U.S. Congressman
Sophie Cruz Youth Activist Award: Claire Wiener, March for Our Lives Arizona
Next Generation Change Agents Award: Arcadia High School Black Student Union
Tickets are on sale now and you can catch early bird pricing through September 15, 2019. So fellas, get your tux or smoothest black suit ready and ladies, pull out the gown you’ve been dying to wear and get ready to be dazzled, Motown style, as we recognize outstanding leaders in our community.
Our awards show will feature awards in the following categories:
- Roy Wilkins Humanitarian Award
- Thurgood Marshall Award for Justice
- Sophie Cruz Youth Activist Award (Youth Award)
- Next Generation Change Agents Award (Youth Award)
- Barack Obama Award for Political Leadership
- Bass Reeves First Responder Award
- Caesar Chavez Award for Workforce Diversity
- Dr. Martin Luther King Award for Religious Leadership
- Fannie Lou Hamer Award for Voting Rights and Access
- Ida B. Wells Award for Journalistic Courage
- Malala Yousafzai Award for Education Equity
- Navajo Code Talker Award for Veteran Support
Award applications were due on July 31, 2019. We are no longer accepting applications for our awards, but if you know someone that should be recognized, please consider submitting them for one of our awards next year.Award Criteria
Tickets are currently on sale through the Tempe Center for the Arts Box Office.
Early bird tickets will be available August 1 - September 15, 2019.
General Admission: $50
VIP Admission: $75
General sales will begin on September 16, 2019.
General Admission: $75
VIP Admission: $100
VIP tickets include VIP seating, invitation to the pre-reception, red carpet service, and a VIP swag bag. We recommend the VIP ticket as it provides additional financial support to the social justice work of the East Valley NAACP.BUY TICKETS
We are excited to offer an array of sponsor opportunities. All sponsorships and ads are due by August 31, 2019.
Sponsors will receive full VIP access as outlined in our sponsor package.
- Platinum - $10,000 (3 available)
- Gold - $5000 (9 available)
- Bronze - $2500
- Copper - $500 (for non-profit community and civic organizations)
We will have a full page, full color souvenir journal to showcase your advertisements.
- Full Page Ad - $250
- Half Page Ad - $150
- Quarter Page Ad - $100
- Business Card Ad - $50
- Supporter List - $25
Click the button below for details on our sponsor and advertising opportunities and submission forms and instructions. Please reach out to us at [email protected] before submitting a sponsorship since our platinum and gold options are limited and several have already been sold. Thank you so much for your support!BUY AN AD