Dubuque 29th annual Freedom Fund Banquet


The Dubuque Branch of The NAACP invites you and your guests/family members to join us at our annual Freedom Fund Banquet at Diamond Jo Casino Banquet Hall on Saturday, November 3, 2018. A cash bar will open at 6:00 p.m. with a welcome at 6:45pm and dinner served at 7:00 p.m. This year’s theme is “Don’t Hate, Vote”. Monies raised from the banquet provide the operating funding for our Branch, as well as supporting the annual MLK Essay Tribute and our Minority Scholarship program. We strongly believe that the next generation of young people should be knowledgeable of who Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was and his work for human rights.

The keynote speaker will be Reverend Abraham L. Funchess, Jr. Funchess graduated Valedictorian from Calhoun County High School in 1986 and matriculated into Duke University in Durham, NC. He transferred to Hampton University in Hampton, VA, in the fall of 1988, where Funchess majored in Sociology with a minor in Psychology. He received the W.E.B. DuBois Award for Scholarship and Activism from the department of Sociology in recognition of his leadership in both the faith and academic arenas upon graduation. In December 2010, Funchess completed a Certified Public Management Course at Drake University in Des Moines. He has served as an Executive Director of Christian Community Development in Waterloo, as Pastor of the Second Baptist Church in Ottumwa, IA, and as an Adjunct Professor at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo. Funchess was ordained into ministry under the leadership of the Reverend Michael E. Coleman, former pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Waterloo, Iowa. Funchess is married to Veronica McGee of Waterloo. They have one son – Solomon Diara Akello. In 2003, Funchess was appointed by Iowa Annual Conference Resident Bishop Gregory V. Palmer to serve at Jubilee United Methodist Church in Waterloo, where he has been reappointed by current Bishop Laurie Haller. He also served as Division Administrator of the Iowa Commission on the Status of African Americans within the Iowa Department of Human Rights under Governors Tom Vilsack and Chet Culver. Funchess received the “Building Unity and Developing Understanding” Award from the City of Waterloo Commission on Human Rights in 2008. Since June 2010, he has been Human Rights Director for the City of Waterloo. In 2015, Funchess received the State of Iowa Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Achievement Award from the Branstad Administration and the Bishop James Samuel Thomas Leadership Award from Bishop Julius C. Trimble of the Iowa Annual Conference.

If you wish to attend the Freedom Fund banquet, please make reservations online on our ActBlue page: Here

On behalf of the Dubuque Branch of the NAACP Freedom Fund Committee, thank you in advance for your support

If you can not afford to go to the Freedom Fund but would still like to attend, please fill out “Form #1” all others fill out “Form #2”.

Form #1- 

I would like to attend the banquet but I cannot because:

This scholarship will be awarded based on financial need and reviewed on a first come first basis. The deadline for this application is Friday, October 31st.

*Mail to P.O. Box 1012 or drop off at the Multicultural Family Center at 1157 Central Ave. Dubuque, IA 52001

Form #2-

If getting a table (seats 10), list how many tables and names of people at your table if possible:
I acknowledge that I am either paying $25 a person (for students) $40 a person (for members), $45 a person (for non-members), or $60 a person (for membership plus ticket-$10 saving).*
I understand that if I do not have payment in by October 31, 2018, the price will be increased to $50 a person and $450 per table:*