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NAACP holding annual banquet

The NAACP is holding its Life Membership Awards Banquet on May 7.

The awards banquet is the major fundraising event for the York-James City-Williamsburg chapter. After a silent auction at 4:30 p.m, guests can eat dinner and watch another program at 5:30 p.m.

Members who have earned life membership through substantial financial contributions will be recognized at the banquet.

Each year, a resident takes home a J. Blaine Blayton Community Service Award, given to who the chapter thinks has been extraordinary in their commitment to service in the area.

Glenda Horne Turner, a marketing manager at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, is the recipient of this year's award. Turner is also a chairperson for the Avalon Center's Board of Directors.

The late Blayton was the first African-American physician in Williamsburg. A school named after him opened in 2010. His son Oscar Blayton was the first African-American undergraduate to attend the College of William and Mary.

Tickets will not be sold at the door. Visit to get the ticket form, or call 229-3113 for more information.

Want to go?

When: 4:30-7:30 p.m., May 7.

Where: 50 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg

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