This year's NAACP Freedom Fund Leadership dinner featured keynote speaker US Congresswoman Maxine Waters and former Governor Bob Holden receiving an award. The theme of this year's dinner, the 81st for the St. Louis County NAACP, was ‘rise together,' reflected by the panel of honorees who have shown their commitment to regionalism and economic inclusion. Guests enjoyed cocktails outside the ballroom at the The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis before dinner and a program featuring awards, speakers and more.