NYC Comptroller John Lui, Councilwomen Inez Dickens, Kyndell A. Reid, Esq., Theresa Freeman, Geoff Eaton, honoree Tamika Mallory, Londel Davis, Jr., Rev Al Sharpton

*On Saturday, September 17, 2011, the Mid-Manhattan Branch NAACP hosted its much anticipated annual Freedom Fund Benefit luncheon at Marina del Rey.  Following a lovely reception that featured an abundance of food and open bar, event chair Kyndell A. Reid, Esq. welcomed guests and this year’s esteemed honorees to celebrate the NAACP Mid-Manhattan’s 45th Anniversary and the 10th annual benefit luncheon.

“Every year the NAACP Mid-Manhattan Branch recognizes the diversity, strong dedication and support that each honoree brings to the community, stated Reid.  During lunch, NBC4 news anchor and Master of Ceremony DeMarco Morgan introduced the honorees that included:

Vy Higginsen, CEO of the MaMa I want to Sing Foundation;  Paul T. Williams, Jr. president of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, Tamika Mallory, National executive director  of the National Action Network,  one of the leading civil rights organizations founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton; Jacqueline Pelzer, executive directors of Early Steps; Dr. Dottye J. Seales, NAACP Mid-Manhattan membership chairperson; Errol Lewis, host of “Inside City Hall” NY 1; and the Law Firm of Block, O’Toole & Murphy.

Governor David A. Paterson, honorable Keith L.T. Wright, Dr. Marcella Maxwell and Noel Hankin served as honorary chairs.  The 2011 benefit luncheon and journal committee chaired by Reid was co-chaired by Claire Theobalds and Jean Dixon West.

Garry A Johnson, Daniel Paterson, Claire Theobalds, Kyndell A. Reid, Esq., honoree Vy Higginsen, Jean Dixon West, Edith Matthews, Geoff Eaton

The hot afternoon happening featured a live band that kept guests out on the dance floor including: Dr. Hazel N. Dukes, Rev. Al Sharpton, Congressman Charles B. Rangel, Assemblymen Keith L.T. Wright; Hon. Denny Farrell; Councilwomen Inez Dickens, Deputy Chief of Staff for Rangel and President of the Mid-Manhattan Branch Geoff Eaton, Eloise & Daniel Paterson, Jeanne Parnell, Ruth Clark, Coreen Simpson, Hon. Billie Holliday-Hayes, Phillip Banks, Robin Bell-Stevens, Dr. Michelle Alexander, Greg and Darlene Askew Robinson, Esq., Dr. Kimberly Williams, Karen Selsey, Edith Matthews,  Jan Brumfield Reese, Early Reese,  Dr. Roscoe Brown, Voza Rivers, Geraldine Cobbs, Don Coleman, Darrell Gay, Esq., Bunny Ledford, Brook Ellis, and many more.

Hats off to the honorees and the NAACP Mid-Manhattan Branch as they celebrate their 45th Anniversary.  Here’s to 45 more!  (Photos by Gideon Manasseh)

Audrey J. Bernard is an established chronicler of Black society and Urban happenings based in the New York City area.