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Bayonne NAACP publicizes honorees and recognition recipients for ninety fifth Annual Freedom Fund Dinner – The Hudson Reporter


The Bayonne Department of the Nationwide Affiliation for the Development of Coloured Folks (NAACP) has introduced the Honorees and Recognition Recipients for its ninety fifth Annual Freedom Fund Dinner.

The occasion will happen on Sunday, October 16 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $100 for the annual fundraiser to be held at The Chandelier at 1081 Broadway in Bayonne.

The keynote speaker is human and civil rights activist and public speaker Lawrence Hamm. The NAACP will even be highlighting Honoree and Recognition Recipients.

Honorees embody: Kathleen R. McQuilla; Sharae Williams; and Black in Bayonne co-founders together with Camille Excessive, Clarice Excessive, Shaniqua Borders, and Rashad Callaway. Recognition Recpients embody: Police Officers Brianna Rhodes and Tanya Roberts

Kathleen R. McQuilla

Kathleen R. McQuilla is likely one of the Honorees receiving the Neighborhood Service Award. She is the daughter of the late Richard and Mary McQuillla, and the sister of Jacqueline Davis and John McQuilla.

McQuilla was educated within the Bayonne college system earlier than going to obtain a Bachelor of Arts diploma from St. Peter’s College in June of 1979. Following that, she earned a Grasp of Arts diploma from Seton Corridor College in Might of 1983.

In June of 1986, McQuilla started her profession in public service. She was appointed and sworn in by the Supreme Court docket of the State of New Jersey as a Superior Court docket Baby Help Listening to Officer assigned to the Household Division assigned to preside over baby assist issues.

Kathleen R. McQuilla

Later in her profession, McQuilla’s duties have been expanded to incorporate home violence circumstances. McQuilla retired in 2015 as a Baby Help Listening to Officer.

McQuilla is a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Bayonne, and serves on the Deaconess Board, Academic Board, and Pastor and Church’s Assist Ministry. Since her retirement, her true calling has developed to “serving to her fellowman in the neighborhood.”

Within the rain, snow, and warmth you’ll be able to discover McQuilla a number of days of the week selecting up and distributing donations from Starvation Free Unity within the Neighborhood, COSTCO, and WTCares to church members, the homeless, the lads on the YMCA, and different folks she present in want.

McQuilla has been the recipient of the Sabra Jackson Award from the Bayonne Youth Middle, Northern New Jersey Chapter of the Nationwide Affiliation of Sickle Cell Illness Award, NAACP Church Service Award, Friendship Baptist Church Girl of the 12 months, Who’s Who of American Girl, Who’s Who of Worldwide Ladies, Skilled Ladies of America.

Sharae Williams

Sharae Williams is one other one of many Honorees receiving the Neighborhood Service Award. Williams is a life resident of Bayonne and a mom to a few males and grandmother to 5 grandchildren.

Williams is an Energetic Member of Wallace Temple AME Zion Church the place she serves as President of the Stewardess Ministry, whereas serving on many different ministries. She can also be an energetic member of the VFW Put up 19 Women Auxiliary.

Sharae Williams

Having been employed on the Bayonne Medical Middle for 30 years, Williams is presently working as an Informatics Analyst with 5 years of expertise in educating the EMR system to numerous degree of care suppliers. Previous to Informatics, she spent 22 years as a Medical Transcriptionist and Unit Clerk all through the Bayonne Medical Middle with the Telemetry Unit being her house base.

Williams focuses on bringing Pleasure to others, whether or not by prayer, or giving route. One thing so simple as a smile, with a “Good morning” from her goes a good distance.

At all times prepared to assist others regardless of the job, Williams thanked God for the present of helpfulness, all the time prepared to help, bringing peace, love and pleasure to others with an enormous smile. She is grateful for the present of serving to others.

Williams was capable of serve the group by the pandemic whereas working on the hospital by checking and giving replace on households when visitation was restricted. She continues to go to and elevate the spirits of sufferers with prayers and smile.

Black in Bayonne

Non-profit group Black in Bayonne can also be one of many Honorees receiving the Neighborhood Service Award. The group was co-founded by Camille Excessive, Clarice Excessive, Shaniqua Borders, and Rashad Callaway in June of 2020.

The group was established after native photographer Junita Irwin wished to seize Black excellence inside town of Bayonne. After masterminding what this shoot may search for the metropolis, it developed right into a motion referred to as Black in Bayonne. The group hosted their first occasion referred to as Energy within the Park, bringing greater than 2,000 folks to Hudson Park to partake in what they believed was a “diving board of change” for town.

Black in Bayonne is now a non-profit whose mission is to construct a motion that fights for cultural inclusivity, optimistic political and social change for the Black and Brown residents of Bayonne. Black in Bayonne is obsessed with cultivating and selling Black excellence, and is devoted to the empowerment and development of our group by strategic engagement and occasions.

Black in Bayonne’s accomplishments embody: internet hosting the “Energy within the Park” protest for justice for Breonna Taylor and George Floyd; elevating the Pan African flag in Bayonne for the primary time in historical past of town; internet hosting the primary “Energy within the Metropolis” Juneteenth celebration and parade; hosted a Black Enterprise Crawl; organizing the Give Thanks Bayonne Thanksgiving Initiative with the assist of Black companies and organizations to feed over 600 folks inside Hudson County; launching a College Readiness Workshop for highschool seniors; registering 150 folks to vote; partnering with Little Meals Cafe and Bayonne Batter to offer over 60 dinners to homeless residents; donating 200 turkeys to the Bayonne Meals Financial institution; becoming a member of the Complete Fairness Staff to extend the hiring of Black and Brown educators throughout the district, make curriculum modifications, and asses the social and emotional wants of Black college students throughout the district; organizing a gathering with Black organizations and companies to focus on present points and doable options to raised assist the Black group; internet hosting a “Say Her Title” vigil in honor of Black girls taken from numerous types of violence; related greater than 30 Bayonne residents to group sources and providers; offering the group with day by day sources, employment alternatives, and group updates; launching the Purchase Black Bayonne social media marketing campaign devoted to highlighting Black companies throughout the metropolis; working carefully with the Bayonne Police Division to strengthen the relationship between legislation enforcement and Black residents throughout the metropolis; pushing coverage by getting the Metropolis of Bayonne to go an inclusive home violence decision that gives $25,000 for organizations to assist victims of home violence no matter race, gender, or sexual orientation; internet hosting 25 Days of Gifting together with the Bayonne Youth Middle to associate with native companies and organizations to offer Christmas to greater than 400 youngsters and 200 seniors; changing into a member of the Home Violence and Psychological Well being Well being Activity Drive; and elevating $2,395.76 for the household of home violence sufferer Mely Vanessa Tafoya Mendoza.

Brianna Rhodes

Brianna J. Rhodes is likely one of the two Recognition Recipients. She is being honored for being one of many First African-American Policewoman within the Metropolis of Bayonne.

Rhodes was born and raised in Bayonne, New Jersey to the mother and father of Erik, a retired Sergeant of the Hudson County Correctional Facility, and Michele Rhodes, a senior clerk for the NJCU undergraduate admissions workplace. The oldest of two, she was blessed with a youthful brother, Erik Rhodes Jr., Rhodes was a 2011 graduate of Bayonne Excessive College and a former member of the Bayonne Excessive College Step Staff.

After graduating highschool, she obtained a Bachelors Diploma in Legal Justice with a spotlight in Ladies and Gender Research and Criminology from Rutgers College-New Brunswick. Whereas attending Rutgers, Brianna was aside of the Transfer In Crew the place she was capable of meet and assist upcoming Freshman transfer in to the college dorms.

Throughout her junior and senior 12 months, she labored as a waitress for Henry’s Diner, a well-known institution that’s an extension of the Rutgers dinning providers. Persevering with on her enterprise to enter legislation enforcement, after graduating from Rutgers Brianna obtained her SORA license and have become a safety guard.

Officer Brianna Rhodes

She was honored to work for the Montclair Golf Course, Bergen Logistics, U.S. Safety Associates and CNBC Common in Englewood Cliffs. Throughout her time at CNBC Common, she labored for the Metropolis Of Summit as a Parking Enforcement Agent for 2 years the place she was capable of work hand and hand with the law enforcement officials on the division in addition to serving to the group.

On December 22, 2020, Brianna was sworn in as a police officer for the Bayonne Police Division and started the academy early January on the Hudson County Public Security Coaching Middle in Secaucus. Presently, she has been serving the Bayonne Police Division for 2 years on the similar division her Uncle Steven Rhodes serves as a Sergeant.

In that time, she has continued her ardour in serving the group and being a serving to hand.  For her being an African American Feminine Officer is a optimistic change in the direction of bridging the hole between the group and the officers whom serve it.

Brianna’s focus has all the time been to be aside of the Bayonne Police Division change to resembling the group it serves and that aim has been met. She is proud to be aside of this new transition.

On July 10, 2022, Brianna and her fiancé Arthur Rice have been blessed with a good looking child boy, Liam Mason Rice. She appears to be like ahead to persevering with her journey as a police officer and beginning this glorious journey of motherhood.

Officer Tanya Roberts

Tanya Roberts

Tanya Isabel Roberts can also be one of many two Recognition Recipients. She is being honored for being one of many First African-American Policewoman within the Metropolis of Bayonne.

Born within the Dominican Republic, Roberts got here to America when she was 5 years previous. Her father is Trinidadian, which she stated meant she bought the “better of each Caribbean worlds.”

Later in her years, she initially took the legislation enforcement entry examination in 2016. The primary time round, she solely checked off the field for the Division of Corrections, however since that was not the place her coronary heart belonged, she backed out of it.

Then, in 2018, she signed up once more for legislation enforcement entry examination however unintentionally ended up lacking the examination. Nonetheless, they are saying that the third time’s the appeal, and excellent news for Roberts, issues would finally work in her favor.

Later in 2020, she had signed up once more for legislation enforcement entry examination. This time round, she was mentally, bodily and emotionally ready to tackle the life-changing profession path.

Now, she may have accomplished two years in legislation enforcement as of November of 2022. For her, this is the dream job that she had hoped it to be.

On a regular basis, in a technique or one other, Roberts will get to place a smile on somebody’s face, or she will get to assist them get by their hardest days. And that’s one thing that she all the time wished to do.

Tickets on sale now

This 12 months’s theme can be “Civil Rights Matter, Justice for All.”  For tickets, contact Ticket Chair Kim Hightower or Ticket Vice-Chair Irene Pyke by cellphone at 973-910-8649.

For extra data, contact the Freedom Fund Ticket committee by cellphone at 973-910-8649 or by e-mail at [email protected].


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