FMU to host an­nual schol­ar­ship gala

Ac­com­plished na­tive celebs Lamb and Rich el le Wil­liams to serve as co-hosts

South Florida Times - - METRO - Staff Re­port

MI­AMI GAR­DENS, Fla. – Florida Me­mo­rial Univer­sity (FMU) will be in the spotlight on Satur­day, Nov. 4 as they con­tinue “Cel­e­brat­ing Di­ver­sity, Em­brac­ing Cul­ture and In­spir­ing Unity dur­ing their An­nual Pres­i­dent’s Schol­ar­ship Gala. The star-stud­ded, black tie and red car­pet extravaganza will oc­cur at 8 p.m. on the univer­sity’s grounds at the FMU Well­ness Cen­ter Com­plex.

One of the prom­i­nent his­tor­i­cal fundrais­ers for the year, the gala will fea­ture two of Mi­ami’s finest and most ac­com­plished young, gifted and tal­ented lead­ers: Richelle Wil­liams, ex­ec­u­tive pas­tor of Je­sus Peo­ple Min­istries Church In­ter­na­tional and for­mer beauty queen, and Cainon Lamb (known pro­fes­sion­ally as Lamb), Grammy-nom­i­nated record pro­ducer and hip hop artist.

Both na­tives of Mi­ami, Wil­liams and Lamb will serve as co-hosts of the event. FMU’s ad­min­is­tra­tion said they are happy to have successful South Florida na­tives par­tic­i­pate in the event. “We are de­lighted to have the sup­port and in­volve­ment of th­ese two ac­com­plished and highly ac­claimed com­mu­nity lead­ers,” said Mar­cus Burgess, Vice Pres­i­dent for Univer­sity Ad­vance­ment at FMU. “Their en­thu­si­asm and en­ergy will help to el­e­vate our pur­pose, mis­sion and goal to en­lighten and em­power our com­mu­nity and our stu­dents.”

Wil­liams is the for­mer Miss Mi­ami, Miss Jr. Florida Amer­ica and Miss South Florida. She is a grad­u­ate of Mi­ami Carol City Se­nior High School, has re­ceived a Bach­e­lors of Arts de­gree from Florida State Univer­sity, and a Masters of Arts de­gree from Florida At­lantic Univer­sity.

A the­atre mi­nor, Wil­liams trav­eled abroad to study the art of the­atre in Lon­don, Eng­land. The daugh­ter of one of South Florida’s most leg­endary lead­ers, the late Bishop Isa­iah S. Wil­liams Jr. Wil­liams made his­tory as the first and only woman chap­lain of the City of Mi­ami Gar­dens Po­lice De­part­ment and has won nu­mer­ous awards for her ser­vice.

Lamb’s in­volve­ment with mu­sic started in the church at the early age of four. As the son of a pas­tor, his raw ta­lent landed him the role of drum­mer in the church band. Through­out his youth, he con­tin­ued to de­velop his mu­si­cal tal­ents and ath­leti­cism.

An alum­nus of Mi­ami Nor­land Se­nior High School, he ex­celled in both mu­sic and sports and even­tu­ally earned a full schol­ar­ship to Florida A&M Univer­sity and be­came an All-Amer­i­can wide re­ceiver.

He went on to ex­cel at mak­ing beats, even­tu­ally caught the ear of Missy El­liott and be­came a su­per-pro­ducer for multi-plat­inum artists like Bey­once, Mary J, Flo-Rida, Missy El­liott, K. Michelle, Mon­ica, Keyshia Cole, Jazmine Sul­li­van, Trina, Fan­ta­sia Bar­rino, SWV, Jagged Edge and so many more.

In 2014, Lamb and his business part­ner Bigg D formed 12th & Collins En­ter­tain­ment and this year he added record­ing artist to his list of ac­co­lades after be­ing fea­tured on Missy El­liott’s re­lease, “I’m Bet­ter!”

As South Florida’s only His­tor­i­cally Black Col­lege and Univer­sity (HBCU), FMU is pas­sion­ate about ed­u­cat­ing the world and com­mit­ted to help­ing ev­ery stu­dent achieve his or her high­est po­ten­tial in life. On a mis­sion to build lead­er­ship, char­ac­ter and ser­vice among it’s stu­dents, FMU’s An­nual Gala show­cases stu­dents’ ef­forts and rec­og­nizes some of the best and bright­est in the South Florida com­mu­nity.

A lim­ited num­ber of tick­ets to at­tend the schol­ar­ship gala are still avail­able and priced at $150 per per­son. Spon­sor­ship pack­ages, rang­ing from $2,500 to $25,000, are also avail­able.

The evening will also in­clude per­for­mances by FMU’s very own Stu­dent Jazz En­sem­ble and Chorale.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the An­nual Schol­ar­ship Gala, con­tact Ameena Sha­heed at 305-626-3611 or visit www.fmu­niv.edu.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF AJ SHORTER

Francesca Oc­cena, a grad­u­at­ing FMU stu­dent, shared how re­ceiv­ing a schol­ar­ship helped her com­plete her stud­ies at last year's gala.

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