By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media
ALMONESSON – About 300 people attended the Gloucester County NAACP Black and White Gala & Game Changer Award at the Auletto Caterers on Sunday, Nov. 3, honoring some of the leaders making the greatest difference in the community.
The gala was emceed by Monika Williams Shealey, senior vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion at Rowan University in Glassboro. Clyde Hughes, editor of Front Runner New Jersey.com was the keynote speaker.
Pastor Kevin Brown, of The Perfecting Church, gave a moving invocation and Loretta Winters, president of the Gloucester County NAACP gave the welcome. Winters was honored by various speakers throughout the evening for organizing the gala and her long commitment to civil rights in Gloucester County.
“This gala is a true celebration of our past, present and future,” Winters said in her welcome letter. “It is an opportunity to acknowledge and honor those who have been at the forefront of establishing and contributing to positive change and impact in people’s lives through Southern Jersey.
“In the spirit of celebration, we would like to acknowledge each of you for making this a memorable event each and every year,” she continued.
Guests gathered in front of the NAACP banner before the event started for pictures with Winters and other dignitaries. Each winner took pictures after they were recognized during the gala.
U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross gave a special greeting while Michael Cesaro acknowledged dignitaries. Tiffany Walker-Winters gave a call to membership while Sheree Page read two poetry passages along with Devon Walker.
The winners were recognized and their biographies read before and after dinner. The list of winners can be found here.
New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney, Deputy Speaker John Burzichelli and Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro contributed a letter for the event program as well.
“This year’s honorees have distinguished themselves as citizens committed to a better society and a better community through their advocacy in education, the workplace, criminal justice, social justice, athletics and more,” the legislators said.
“These individuals are among the finest in our society, committing their time, talent resources to an improved and fairer community,” they added.
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