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Local pastor to receive a lifetime achievement award


One local pastor will soon receive a lifetime achievement award for all of his work in our community.

Wheeling NAACP will honor Reverend Darrell Cummings with the 5th annual Freedom Fund community award for his work in the Ohio Valley over the last 28 years.

During that time, Reverend Cummings has helped more than 14,000 students head back to school, given away thousands of baskets full of food for the holidays, and much more.

But when he heard about receiving this award, Reverend Cummings told 7News he was shocked.

“Sometimes when you’re in the midst of serving, especially when things don’t work out the way you planned, you wonder does anyone care? Does anyone notice? I’m very touched. It’s especially humbling to me. As a person who speaks every Sunday I’m at a loss of words. I’m very, very grateful,” Rev. Cummings said.

Wheeling NAACP President Darryl Clausell said there’s no one more deserving.

“We all know Reverend Cummings is an officer and leader not only in the community, but in his church. Everywhere you look, there’s something going on where he’s helping individuals. How could you not recognize that? He’s been doing this for so many years and continues to help,” Clausell said.

Reverend Cummings will receive his award on September 29 at the NAACP’s Freedom Fund Banquet.

The event starts at  6:00 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Wheeling YWCA.

For tickets or to reserve a table, click here.

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