On Saturday, November 4th, Florida Memorial University (FMU) will continue Celebrating Diversity, Embracing Culture and Inspiring Unity during their Annual President’s Scholarship Gala. This star-studded, black tie, red carpet extravaganza takes place on the University grounds at the FMU Wellness Center Complex, beginning at 8 p.m.
Joining the celebration in this year’s affair will be two of Miami’s finest and most accomplished young, gifted and talented leaders, Richelle Williams, and Hip Hop Artist, Lamb.
A Miami native, Richelle Williams is the former Miss Miami and Miss Jr. Florida America. A contestant in both Florida USA and America pageant systems Richelle became Miss South Florida in her final competition debut for the Miss America system.
She is a graduate of Miami Carol City Senior High School, and received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Florida State University, and a Masters of Arts degree from Florida Atlantic University. She is the daughter of one of South Florida’s most legendary leaders, the late great Bishop Isaiah S. Williams Jr., and she serves as the Executive Pastor of Jesus People Ministries Church International.
She is the first and remains the only female Police Chaplain for the City of Miami Gardens Police Department. An entrepreneur, educator, philanthropist, and Licensed and ordained Minister of the Gospel, Richelle is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter.
From the early age of four, Cainon Lamb’s involvement with music started in the church. As the son of a pastor, his raw talent landed him the role as a drummer in the church band. And as a youth, Lamb 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. During his college years, Cainon received an MPC aka “Beat Machine” as a gift from his mother, the late Regina T. Lamb. He utilized his musical background to create music for his local Gospel rap group called Against da Grain.
Never abandoning his love for music, in 2004, Lamb’s music caught the ear of Grammy Award winning artist/producer/songwriter Missy Elliott. Known as a music industry trend setter working to establish new and budding talent while producing and writing billboard hits, In 2014, Lamb and his business partner Bigg D joined together to comprise, 12th & Collins Entertainment, LLC. And continues to create billboard hits 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.
The FMU Scholarship Gala is one of the prominent historical fundraisers for the year. “We are delighted to have the support and involvement of these two accomplished and highly acclaimed community leaders,” says 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.”
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