DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - The Dayton chapter of the NAACP celebrated both its work and the community.
The organization held its annual Freedom Fund Banquet Friday night at the Dayton Convention Center.
Leaders say the banquet is not only an opportunity to honor its members, but a chance to remind the community of it's duty.
"Freedom is not free and we need to make certain that people get out to the polls and that they are civically engaged in their community to ensure that when they go to the polls on November 5th everybody, do not sit at home, make sure you exercise your right to vote," said Derrick Foward, President, Dayton NAACP.
The local unit recognized Martin Bayless and Bessie Siler for their work in the community.
Bayless is a former NFL standout. He was honored for providing free football camps and giving to other charitable foundations.
Siler was awarded the President's Award for her work within the NAACP.
This year, they will help 13 families in need buy toys, clothing and other items.
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