NAACP chapter to host 37th Freedom Fund Banquet on Sept. 29
In May, the Montgomery County-Radford City-Floyd County Branch of the NAACP won a $2,000 grant from NAACP’s Project HELP (Healthy Eating, Lifestyles, and Physical Activity). As one of seven branches nationwide to receive funds, we are excited about hosting four major events throughout the year that can positively impact our community.
Our first event was a Healthy Cooking Demonstration, conducted by Amy Epperley, community health educator for Carilion, on May 21 at Asbury United Methodist Church for the NAACP Youth Council to learn how to prepare nutritious snacks. They prepared Black Bean Brownies that were gluten-, dairy- and soy-free. They also prepared oatmeal chocolate chip cookie muffins that were gluten-free.
Next was the Community Program for the NAACP Juneteenth Celebration on June 15 at the First Baptist Church in Radford. Dr. Dennis Means spoke on “Juneteenth and the Price of Freedom” by providing information on how Juneteenth came about historically. Keisha Banks-Thornton from the Virginia Department of Health was the keynote speaker on the topic of “The ABCs of Diabetes.” Rita Irvin summarized some of the basics needed for “All-Around Health.”
Third was the NAACP Juneteenth Picnic at Rosa Peters Playground. Community participants included the Christiansburg Rescue Squad presenting proper techniques for performing CPR on adults. Local small businesses donated door prizes and provided information on their products and services. Area organization leaders, town officials and visitors from surrounding communities participated in the program. Healthy snack choices were prepared by the Youth Council, including free fruits. The Fish Fry was prepared by the Progressive Men’s Club. There were Zumba activities, swimming, live music with “Time Flies,” fun and fellowship being enjoyed by approximately 200 people.
The final event of the Project HELP grant is the NAACP 37th Freedom Fund Banquet with a keynote address titled “Health Starts in Our Communities: The Prevention Crisis” by Dr. Alison Scott of the College of William and Mary. Health is not something we get at the doctor’s office. In this presentation, she’ll discuss how health is influenced by the conditions in which we live, work and play. The opportunity to be healthy begins at birth and continues across the lifespan. By embracing the work of primary prevention in our communities, we can work toward providing all Americans the opportunity to make healthy choices, irrespective of income, race or education.
The Freedom Fund Banquet will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m. at the Inn at Virginia Tech. Tickets are $40 per person and can be obtained by calling 382-6751. All are welcome.
– Submitted by James C. Klagge, NAACP
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