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TUWL’S banquet set for Saturday

Overseer Daniel J. Richardson, an apostolic prophetic visionary, will be the featured speaker at the 21st Annual Black History Banquet Saturday night, Feb. 28, at the Adams Center Ballroom on the campus of Troy University.

“Each year, we bring back one of our own as our featured speaker,” said Shelia Deveridge, publicity chair of the sponsoring Troy United Women’s League. “This year we are very excited to have Daniel Richardson back with us. He was born and reared in the Shady Grove community and graduated from Goshen High School. His mother, Essie Richardson, lives at Shady Grove and he has brothers and sisters in the area.”

Richardson is the senior pastor of Eagles’ Nest Ministries in Huntsville. Under his guidance, Eagles’ Nest Ministries has been forging new ground as an apostolic church with more than 35 functional ministry areas.

Entertainment for the TUWL’s Black History Banquet will be local talents, Shelia Jackson, the Spiritual Jubilees and Elder Robert Thomas, and Brain Tompkins of Barbour County.

The TUWL is a longstanding contributor to the betterment of Troy and Pike County. In addition to the annual Black History Banquet held in celebration of Black History Month, the 27-member organization provides financial assistance to a wide range of organizations and programs throughout the county.

“The annual Black History Banquet is our only fundraiser and it’s so well attended that it allows us to do a lot of things in Troy and Pike County,” Deveridge said.

“The TUWL provides scholarships to high school seniors at Charles Henderson, Pike County and Goshen. We provide financial assistance to all athletic programs and Yearbooks at our schools and purchase books for the Head Start programs. We also support the Alabama State Alumni Association.”

In addition, the TUWL supports the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the RSVP banquet for senior citizens, the Lillian Green Nutrition Center, the Troy Public Library and the Troy University Leadership Conference.

“We provide financial assistance for families whose homes have been destroyed by fire and also provide burial assistance for families in need,” Deveridge said.

“We really spread our fundraising money around and we all enjoy doing what we can for our community. And, we certainly want to thank all of those who have supported our Black History Banquet by purchasing ads in our souvenir booklet and purchasing tickets to the banquet.”

Tickets are limited to 400 and are sold on a first-come basis. A few tickets are still available for Saturday night’s Black History Banquet. The numbers to call for ticket information are 566-2204, 372-2860 and 566-6625.