Denise Williams, president of the Springfield NAACP, looks over the centennial certificate recognizing the 100 years of the Springfield Unit’s existence. Bill Lackey/Staff

Springfield NAACP kicks off new fundraising event

Springfield’s local NAACP chapter is preparing for its first Corporate Sponsorship Dinner on June 21.

The dinner will feature the president of the Dayton NAACP chapter, Derrick Foward, as the keynote speaker. The history of the NAACP and its significance, along with the importance of obtaining sponsorship and how the raised funds will be allocated will be discussed at the dinner.

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Denise Williams, president of the NAACP Springfield Unit, said seats at the dinner are still available and she hopes that the corporate community will come out and support the event. Williams would like at least 200 attendees.

The corporate sponsorship dinner was created because the chapter is in dire need of funds.

“Once the corporate community understands our mission and we show how transparent we will be with our finances, I believe they will be more willing to assist us financially,” Williams said.

She also said that transparency of funds will be stressed and that donors will have access to quarterly reports.

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The majority of the funds will go toward community work, but also the upkeep of the organization’s office space and training.

Williams hopes local businesses and corporations will support the NAACP and wants to make the dinner an annual event.

The corporate sponsorship dinner will take place at Traci’s Touch Weddings & Events at 5:30 p.m June 21. RSVPs will be accepted by calling 937-521-2650.

Donations can be sent to: NAACP, 20 S. Limestone St., Suite 020, Springfield, OH, 45502.

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