ATLANTIC CITY – The Atlantic Branch NAACP honored four individuals at its annual Freedom Fund breakfast at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on April 27.

Jim Johnson, special counsel for New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, was the keynote speaker for the event, which assists the branch in funding its programs over the coming year.

Those honored at the breakfast included:

*Joseph R Jingoli, Jr., one of the principals of Hard Rock, noted for his outstanding humanitarian work in Atlantic City.

*Chief Henry White of the Atlantic City Police Department for his work to improve police-community relations and community outreach.

*Shalanda Austin, 2019 recipient of the Atlantic County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Spirit” award winner and founder of In My C.A.R.E. Mentoring Program Inc.

*Vinnie Kirkland, outreach manager for AtlantiCare, involved in numerous community initiatives.

*Rickey Epps Kearney, local educator and student advocate.

The NAACP also announced six scholarship recipients for its annual grants. The recipients were Atlantic City residents who are high school seniors and demonstrate the NAACP’s commitment to higher education.

Event sponsors included the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, the Atlantic City Development Corp., the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, and the New Jersey State Democratic Party

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