While lauding their own special graduates, hundreds of alumni and supporters of Florida A&M University attended their Inaugural Scholarship Gala last weekend at the Hyatt. The gala event sponsored by the J.R.E. Lee FAMU Alumni Chapter featured Jacksonville native and Hollywood star Angela Robinson as the keynote speaker
The inaugural event raised over $22,000 and the chapter is preparing to increase membership and scholarship donations. “President Angela Freeman is taking the chapter to new heights, we’re confident that under Freeman’s leadership we will continue to soar,” said Alumna and Co-Chair Karen Britt. The next item on the chapter’s calendar is their Freshman Send-off scheduled for Thursday, July 27th, 1 – 3 p.m. at the Schultz Center, 4019 Boulevard Center Dr. The chapters 150+ members will be gathering to provide care packages to students as they prepare to head to Tallahassee.
The local chapter started with eight members in 1933 and by 1943 became the largest chapter in the nation under the umbrella of the FAMU National Alumni Association which it remains today with the goals of recruiting and retaining graduates of the beloved HBCU.
Shown receiving award recognition l-r: Dr. Albert Chester (Community Service), Mia Jones (Public Service), Dr. Frank S. Emanuel (Achievement) Dr. Solomon Badger (Lifetime Achievement), Godfrey Jenkins (Giving Award) and Kelvin Lawson, FAMU Board of Trustees