Members and supporters of the Carbondale chapter of the NAACP gathered on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at Carbondale Civic Center to support the group’s 41st annual Freedom Fund banquet. A keynote address was given by U.S. Senator and retired Attorney General Roland Burris. ‘Defeat Hate VOTE’ was the theme of this year’s event. The Freedom Fund supports the NAACP housed at Eurma C. Hayes Center, provides scholarships and supports other worthy causes.