Troy United Women ready for banquet

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Troy United Women’s League will host its 28th Annual Black History Banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Troy Center Ballroom at Troy University.

Tickets are $25 and may be purchased by calling Shelia Jackson at 372-7191 or Catherine Jordan at 372-1231. Only a few tickets remain for this popular annual event.

The Rev. Darryl Caldwell, pastor of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church will be the featured speaker.

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Catherine Jordan, TUWL member, said Caldwell obtained his primary and secondary education in the public schools of New Brockton. After completing high school, he served in the United States Army. He received a bachelor’s degree from Wayne University, Detroit, Michigan. He is currently a candidate for a master of divinity at Covington Theological Seminary, Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia.

Jordan said Caldwell is an inspirational speaker and speaks always under God’s direction and guidance.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Rev. Caldwell as our featured speaker for our recognition and annual fundraiser,” Jordan said.

The Black History Banquet is the only fundraiser for the Troy United Women’s League.

“The purpose and mission of the Troy United Women’s League is not to raise money but to support our community,” Jackson said, TUWL publicity chair, “However, we do need money to fund our community projects.”

Jackson said the TUWL’s primary focus is its scholarship program.

“Each year the funds raised at our banquet support our scholarship program,” she said. “The TUWL awards scholarships to all high schools in the county, public and private. Last year, we awarded eight scholarships to high school seniors in the county. We believe that by investing in our youth we investing in the future of our community.”

Jackson said the TUWL provides funds for special needs in the community and those needs vary from time to time.

“We are often approached with a special needs project and other times we recognize a need an offer our support,” she said. “We are always willing to do what we can toward meeting needs in our community.”