By: Gayle Andrews
Tallahassee—The Florida A&M University Lawson Recreational Center was bursting with pride from 700 patrons who poured into the arena to make history and buoy efforts to raise money for the athletics department. The 2017 Annual Legacy Banquet rolled out its second event more than doubling its fundraising commitment by handing over a check for $225,000 to address the needed renovation of Bragg Memorial Stadium. FAMU athletics needed just over $450,000 to repair the stadium.
The faith-based effort led by The Reverend Dr. RB Holmes of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church said, “We are highly appreciative of those we are honoring, the men and women who played a significant part in strengthening, giving and sustaining Florida A&M University. Without them, there would not be a legacy or heritage.” The honorees were serenaded by the Marching 100 and praised by prominent leaders including Congressman Al Lawson, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, and many others. The honorees:Former faculty senate presidents: Narayan Persaud, Ph.D., & Mary Diallo, Ph.D.
Former student government association presidents: Monique Gillum, Tonnette Graham, James Mathews and Larry O. Rivers, Ph.D.
Former nation alumni presidents: Tommy Mitchell, Sr. and Carolyn Collin, Ph.D.
Former board of trustee members: Rufus Montgomery, and Dr. Spurgeon McWilliams
Avid Supporters: Eddie Jackson, Elaine Bryant Ph.D. and Stephanie L. Clark Former Miss FAMU: Denise Barrett, Ph.D., and Treniece Seniors
“We want to thank the faith community for their kind and willing hearts because we wouldn’t be here if it were not for you. And to the honorees, you all deserve to be standing where you are. If we could only do more. I can’t say enough about how much we appreciate you, “said FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson, Ph.D.
The Reverend Dr. Julius H. McAllister and his congregation at Bethel AME Church played a prominent role in the success of the event said, “This is a signature moment in the life of FAMU, a university that has given so much to so many persons. Its academic influence shines worldwide.”
Holmes continued to emphasize it’s generosity of a giving spirit, “We are making history because we came together to raise $225,000 and people are still giving. Once we have that giving spirit it tells us that FAMU’s going to be alright.”