Inaugural John P. Franklin Humanitarian Award Banquet And Celebrity Roast Is Aug. 14

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Alton Park Development Corporation will host the Inaugural John P. Franklin Humanitarian Award Banquet and Celebrity Roast on Aug. 14.   

Celebrity and talk show host Luther Massengale of WDEF will be roasted by Channel 12  News Anchor Chip Chapman. The first recipient to be honored with this award will be Mr. Franklin McCallie. 

The award banquet is in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 

The black tie event will be held at Stratton Hall, 3146 Broad St.  A social hour with cash bar and silent auction will begin at 5 p.m. and the program and dinner  will start at 6 p.m. 

Tickets are available online at http://www.eventbrite.com/o/alton-park-development-corporation-6752787929.  

The proceeds from this event will benefit charity projects that promote equality and justice in education of the Alton Park Development Corporation and the Honorees. Proceeds will also help to improve the lives of families and strengthen and build community ties, said officials.



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