Casey Christensen, Larry Murphy, Karen Hunt, Tiffany Rice and Michael SuttonPhoto by Genie Lemieux, Evanston Photographic Studios

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At the annual NAACP Freedom Fund banquet, held this year on Nov. 2, Larry G. Murphy, Michael Sutton, Karen Hunt, Tiffany Rice and the League of Women Voters of Evanston were honored with Community Service awards.

Dr. Murphy, a scholar and writer, served on the faculty of Garrett Evangelical Seminary and has written several books, reviews and articles. He was recognized for his “lifelong commitment to knowledge and religious affairs.” In retirement, he and his wife, Dr. Jean Murphy, have opened a yogurt store on Chicago Avenue.

Mr. Sutton is president and chief operating officer of Infrastructure Engineering, Inc. He is also the founder of the Universal Agape Foundation, which provides programs and events for economically disadvantaged children and their families, first in Chicago and now in Evanston as well. He was honored for his “committed dedication and accomplishments.”

“Every community or not-for profit needs a Karen Hunt,” said Gerri Sizemore, vice president of the Evanston/North Shore chapter of the NAACP and co-chair of the banquet committee. Ms. Hunt, a managing director at First Bank & Trust of Evanston, received the award for her “commitment to many different organizations in the Evanston community and her willingness to assist others with advice and actions.”

Ms. Rice created the Dajae Coleman Foundation (DC3F), named for her son, who was murdered during his freshman year of high school. The NAACP said, “As a mother and an advocate of youth, she embraces the ideology that young people are the catalysts for change and peace in all communities.”
The League of Women Voters of Evanston received recognition for its “dedicated activity to enhance voting and the voting process.” For many years, including this one, League members “have been working very hard to get voters registered,” said LWVE President Cate Whitcomb.