32nd Annual Freedom Fund Event


Sept. 23rd 2022

5 PM


Cardinal Stritch University

Kliebhan Conference Center

6801 N. Yates Rd.

Milwaukee, WI 53217

5:00 – 8:00 PM


Live Entertainment

Community Awards

Cocktail Attire

Elegant Dining

COVID-19 Resources and Precautions

The NAACP of Ozaukee County continues to closely monitor the appropriate measures recommended by local and national healthcare officials regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are committed to the health and safety of our attendees and will follow the appropriate protocol. Masks will be available at the registration desk and sanitizer will be positioned throughout the facility. Please refer to our Washington-Ozaukee Public Health Department website for further resources.


Our collective voice is power. Our community is power. And when we gather? Powerful.
The 32nd Annual Freedom Fund Event is the perfect setting to strengthen civil rights and every form of socio-economic equality. Our theme for this year is THIS IS POWER! Join us on September 23rd 2022 at 5:00 PM as we convene once again to celebrate the pursuit of civil rights.

Additionally, fundraised money will contribute to the growth of the organization and provide college scholarships to deserving students. The scholarship money that is given to students helps make going to the school of their dreams a reality. Several awards will also be given to well deserving individuals and an organization within our community. 

Keynote Speaker

Tamika D. Mallory

Tamika D. Mallory is a groundbreaking, award-winning social justice leader and movement strategist. Tamika has risen to become the most sought after, influential activist of her generation. Her committed work, advocacy, frontline bravery and heroic servitude continues to fuel a solitary act into a global movement inspiring millions around the world to get involved in the fight for racial and social equality.

Tamika, through the impact and gravity of her voice, speaks truth to power no matter the consequences. She is hailed as one of the most influential Black voices of our generation. She served as the youngest ever Executive Director of the National Action Network and was instrumental in the creation of the New York City’s Crisis Management System, an official gun violence prevention program that awards nearly $27 million to violence prevention organizations

Tamika made history when she helped shepherd the largest single day demonstration, the 2017 Women’s March on Washington, serving as one of its four national co-chairs. Most recently, she co-founded Until Freedom, an intersectional social justice organization that serves as a clearing house for organizers, activists, movement attorneys, artists, celebrities, and formerly incarcerated individuals.

5 – 6 PM ~ Networking | Silent Auction | Photos

6 – 8:00 PM ~ Program

Performances By:

Marcus Adams, Musician/Saxophonist

The Paradigm Drumline

Carmen Bell, Lift Ev’ry Voice

Spoken Word by Faith Shelton, Cardinal Stritch University’s Black Student Union


Denise Thomas

The Effective Communication Coach

Denise Thomas is the President and Owner of The Effective Communication Coach, LLC, a consultancy focused on transforming emerging and existing professionals into extraordinary leaders by mastering the art of effective communication.

With 19 years of experience within Fortune 500 companies, Denise has honed the ability to deliver and receive messages across language, cultural, and communication-style barriers.

Andrea Williams

Multimedia Specialty Reporter, TMJ4 News

Andrea Williams is a familiar voice and face in Milwaukee. She has worked as a radio personality during morning drive in the city for 25 years and 20 of them were at Jammin’ 98.3, where she also served as the News/Public Affairs Director for the Milwaukee Radio Group.

Williams recently joined TMJ4 News as a Multimedia Specialty Reporter. Her focus will be finding those people in our community who don’t always make the news but have important stories to tell.

Game Changer Awards

Game Changer Awards are provided to an individual and an organization that has distinguished themselves in one of the six NAACP game-changer areas: economic sustainability, education, health, public safety & criminal justice, voting rights and political representation, and youth engagement.

NAACP Game Changer Award Winner in Economic Sustainability


KAPCO Metal Stamping, a subsidiary of Kacmarcik Enterprises, is the winner of the NAACP Game Changer Award in Economic Sustainability. Sustainability consists of fulfilling the needs of current generations without compromising the needs of future generations, while ensuring a balance between economic growth, environmental care and social well-being.

Kacmarcik Enterprises has several subsidiaries including the Kacmarcik Center for Human Performance whose mission is to transform the potential of their employees and the community through learning that accelerates their performance, boosts well-being, and unleashes their capacity to achieve their best future: at work and in life. KAPCO, located in Grafton, WI, is a beneficiary of this work. They have exemplified what it means to be an organization that gives back to the community through their philanthropy and community service.

Michael & Jackie Barber

NAACP Game Changer Award Winners in Education

We are honored to announce Michael and Jackie Barber as our Game Changer Award Winners in Education!

Jackie Herd-Barber

Jacqueline is a graduate of the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) where she earned a BS in Electrical Engineering.  She had a 25-year career in Sales at Motorola, partnering with global manufacturers in the automotive, healthcare, military, telecom, factory automation, and avionics sectors.

Jacqueline serves on several boards and is immediate past board chair of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. She is past chair of the Marcus Performing Arts Center, Milwaukee Rep, Greater Milwaukee Urban League, Rotary Club of Milwaukee, Wellpoint Care Network, MSOE Alumni Association and served as 2016 Campaign Co-Chair of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County. She is a current board member of the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation, Milwaukee Succeeds, MSOE Corporation Board, WellPoint Care Network, Black Arts MKE, and Black Arts Fest MKE.

Jackie has received numerous awards for her work to improve lives in Southeast Wisconsin. Tempo, MSOE, the Museum of Wisconsin Art, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Professional Dimensions, MPS, the Fellowship Open, the Greater Milwaukee Urban League, and Youth Frontiers, and the Education Deans of Greater Milwaukee have all chosen to recognize her.

Jackie and her husband Michael have two adult children, Lauren and Justin.

Michael J. Barber

Michael J. Barber retired in Jan 2022 as a Corporate Officer after a 40-year career at GE. His last role was as the Chief Diversity Officer for the corporation. In that role, Michael led GE’s inclusion and diversity strategy to drive sustainable change with an added focus on driving leadership accountability and metrics, building an inclusive culture and reinvigorating inclusion and diversity learning and mentoring.

Michael was born and raised in Milwaukee, graduating from MPS and received a BSEE from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. He joined GE in the Healthcare Division in 1981 and, prior to his role as CDO, he served as President and CEO of GEHC’s Molecular Imaging and Computed Tomography (MICT) business.

Michael was named a Black Enterprise ‘Master of Innovation’ in 2009, received an honorary doctorate in engineering (2012) and serves as a Regent at his alma mater. He was elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE-‘14) and named “2018 Person of the Year” by the Rotary Club of Milwaukee. Michael also serves as an Independent Director of the Green Bay Packers Football Club and Catalent, Inc. (NYSE: CTLT).

Frances Hook Award

The Frances Hook Award is a prestigious Women in the NAACP (WIN) award named after Frances Dancy Hook, its co-founder, and will be provided to a woman who is making pioneering or significant contributions to their communities through their professional careers or through volunteerism and advocacy work.

Natalia Minkel-Dumit

Legal Redress Chair

NAACP of Ozaukee County

Frances Hook Award Winner

We are honored to announce that the Women in the NAACP (WIN) Frances Hook Award will be awarded to Natalia Minkel-Dumit!

Since January 2021, Natalia Minkel-Dumit has served as Chair of the Legal Redress Committee, which assists the Branch in responding to reports of racial discrimination and provides referrals to local attorneys. As a member of the Executive Committee, she has also played a central role in the Branch’s growth, outreach and programming including planning for the Branch’s Freedom Fund, Dr. Martin Luther-King Jr. Day, Women’s History Month and “Law Day” events.

From April 2020 – April 2022, Natalia served as an Ozaukee County Board Supervisor and was a member of the Board’s Natural Resources Committee and Energy Action Team. While serving on the County Board, Natalia supported allocation of funding for projects benefiting our community, including: the Cedar Gorge Clay Bluffs nature preserve project; Covid-19 relief; Sheriff Department-wide body camera use; construction of a permanent Ozaukee Family Services housing shelter in Port Washington; public beach access at Virmond County Park and other projects.

Along with former Supervisor Janette Braverman, Natalia supported UW-Extension’s Community Conversations on Race series and advocated for creation of an Ozaukee County Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) Committee and funding for county-wide DE&I training, which the County Board has not adopted to-date.

In February 2021, Natalia was appointed by Governor Tony Evers to represent Ozaukee County as a Commissioner for the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC), where she now sits on the Planning & Research Committee. She is also a member of Wisconsin Women in Sustainability, League of Women Voters of Ozaukee County and recently supported a project by Bridge the Divide to educate our community on the history of racially restrictive covenants in Ozaukee County.

Natalia is an attorney with a background in environmental policy and compliance, commercial contracts and small business advising. Among her many roles, Natalia’s
most humbling role has been as a “slay-at-home” parent and caregiver, and she advocates for increased support for the many forms of direct care work, which are often disproportionately performed by women of color and immigrant women.

Natalia is a graduate of Marquette University Law School and Washington University in St. Louis. She is a proud hyphenated, 2nd generation, Colombian – American and lives in Mequon with her husband, who also serves on the Legal Redress Committee and as in-house counsel for Kohl’s Inc., and their family.

Scholarship Award Winners

Alanna Blackwell

Scholarship Award Winner

Alanna Blackwell graduated from Homestead High School with a 3.7 GPA. Alanna will attend Loyola University in Chicago this fall and will be majoring in Marketing.


Joshua Braverman

Scholarship Award Winner

Joshua Braverman graduated from Homestead High School with a 3.7 GPA. Joshua will attend UW Madison this fall and will be majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Aeronautical Engineering.

Jana-Arie Standridge

Scholarship Award Winner

Jana-Arie Standridge graduated from Homestead High School with a 3.0 GPA. She will attend Texas Southern University and will be majoring in Pyschology. 


JaNia Hall

Scholarship Award Winner

JaNia Hall graduated from Homestead High School. She will attend UW Whitewater in the fall and will be majoring in Criminology.

Service Award Winners

Service Awards will be given to deserving NAACP members for their commitment and service to the Branch and community.

Christian M. Braverman

Service Award Winner

Young Adult Chair

NAACP Ozaukee County


Florida Perry-Smith

Service Award Winner

Freedom Fund Committee

NAACP Ozaukee County


Peter Vander Velden

Service Award Winner

Political Action Chair

Freedom Fund Committee

NAACP Ozaukee County


Become a Sponsor!

Sponsor Applications Closed

If you would still like to become a sponsor your logo would be placed in our upcoming communications leading up to the event and presentation for the event as well as on our website. Please contact us before 9/9/22.

Your donation to the NAACP helps further our mission to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and discrimination. Additionally, fundraised money will contribute to the growth of the organization and provide college scholarships to deserving students to help make going to the school of their dreams a reality.

We would like to thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to our Branch. We would not be here without you!

Select the button above to fill out the Sponsor Application online (processing fee must be included) or fill out the PDF Application and submit check via mail to address below.



To place an Ad, your logo and business information in our Event Program Booklet, and a link to your business on our website, please fill out the online application.

If you would just like to purchase an ad, see prices below. If you do not want to pay online via PayPal (include fee), all checks should be mailed to:


NAACP Ozaukee County #3266

P.O. Box 301

Thiensville, WI 53092


Please email prepared digital ad (.png) including logo and key information that you would like to share within our program booklet to: naacpoz@naacpozaukee.org


  • $2,500 Full page, Color: 5.5” x 8.5” Please keep important elements (such as text) at least 1/4” from the edge of your full page ad to prevent them from being cut off during printing

  • $1,250 Half page, Color: 5.125” x 4”

  • $625 Quarter page, Color: 2.5” x 4” (vertical) 5.125” x 2” (horizontal)

  • $250 Patron Listing


Thank You to our amazing Sponsors!

Gold Sponsors

Cardinal Stritch University
US Bank

Silver Sponsors

Marcus Hotels & Resorts
MSOE University
Rockwell Automation
Saint Kate The Arts Hotel


Table Sponsors

Advocate Aurora Health Care
American Family Insurance
Michael & Jackie Barber
Jade & DeVona Cottrell
Carroll University
Kacmarcik Enterprises – Kapco Metal Stamping
League of Women Voters Ozaukee County
Milwaukee Film
Alice Read
Holly Ryan
Mike and Natalia Tuchalski
The Kubala Washatko Architects
Unitarian Church North
UW Madison



In Kind / Ad Sponsors

Canned Water4Kids
Cedarburg Bahá’í Faith Community
cW4k Canned Water 4 Kids
5 Points Art Gallery
Goody Gourmets
Invivo Wellness – Fitness – Spa
Kubala Watercolor
Lakefront Brewery
Leaders Leaving Legacies
Milwaukee Bucks
Pt. Washington Saukville Rotary Club
The Cluckery
Washington House Inn
Wells Print and Digital Services
Zoological Society of Milwaukee


Media Sponsors

WNOV The Voice 860AM 106.5FM

Membership is the life-blood of the NAACP (Regular Membership included with Freedom Fund Ticket)

We hope that you will take this time to sign up or even renew your membership if you are a former member. We would love for you to remain a part of our community. Our Membership levels are listed below. It could not be easier – just click the button to join us!


Become a member today! There are everal reasons to join the NAACP of Ozaukee County. These are only a few of the benefits of being a member of our great organization:

  • Free Training Courses and conferences held by our National, State and Local Branches.
  • Several annual Branch activities and events including leaders from across the State and beyond.
  • The opportunity to network and connect with others that are just as passionate about our cause.