Gloucester County NAACP Gala Celebrates Past, Present, Future

By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media

DEPTFORD – New Jersey’s first Lady Tammy Murphy was just one of the honored guests who appeared at the sold-out annual Black & White Gala and Game Changer Awards at Auletto Catering in Deptford on Sunday, Oct. 24.

The annual event, which was postponed like many other events in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, was a rousing success as the Gloucester County NAACP awarded various community leaders for their work.

See list of winners here.

Longtime Gloucester County NAACP President Loretta Winters and her husband Sonny Winters were surprised by the branch with a special “power couple” award, leading to a standing ovation from the audience.

Winters also recognized Camden County Gilbert “Whip” Wilson, who won the “power couple” award in 2019 with his wife Martha, who passed away just weeks after receiving the honor.

The event marked a fitting return for the gala, which was treated to a rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” by Catherine “Cat” Paige and invocation by Pastor Wayne Howard, who was also one of the evening’s awardees.

Quandell Iglesia, CEO of IQ Real Estate, of the master of ceremonies. Gloucester Couty Commissioner Frank DiMarco delivered a special message to guests.

“This gala is a true celebration of our past, present and future,” Winters said in her welcoming letter for the event. “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 throughout Southern New Jersey.”

Here are a few pictures from Sunday’s event:

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