FMU puts education first with annual scholarship gala

Special guests include NBA champ, philanthropist Dwyane Wade

Miami Times staff report | 9/5/2013, 9 a.m.
Dwyane Wade

It’s time for Florida Memorial University’s [FMU] 12th Annual Scholarship Gala — and this year the honorary guest will be Miami Heat Dwyane Wade. Wade has shown himself to be a true leader, both on and off the court, with his Wade’s World foundation — an organization that assists disadvantaged youth in achieving their educational goals. Wade also collaborates with FMU in providing scholarships for students.

The gala takes place on Friday, Sept. 27 at the Bonaventure Resort & Spa [250 Racquet Club Road, Weston]. A special VIP Reception (for sponsors and noted guests) will be held at 6:30 p.m.; dinner and program will begin at 7:30 p.m. This year’s theme is Moving Forward . . . The Legacy Continues and will feature performances by FMU’s Student Jazz Ensemble and Chorale. The Gala’s lead sponsor is D. Stephenson Construction, Inc.

“Education is very important to me and I am happy to lend my support in raising funds for scholarships to allow students to pursue their dreams by focusing on their education and not their financial concerns,” Wade said.

“We are absolutely delighted to have the support and involvement of Dwyane and his Wade’s World Foundation at this year’s Scholarship Gala,” said Dr. Roslyn Artis, interim president of FMU. “His presence will undoubtedly help to enhance the level of commitment and dedication for our students, and highlight the services we provide in a broad and very visible way.”

“In addition to raising dollars to support our students, we will also honor and recognize community leaders that have helped to advance the mission of FMU,” said Dr. Adriene Wright, FMU’s vice president for Institutional Advancement.

For tickets or more information on the Annual Scholarship Gala, call Ameena Shaheed at (305) 626-3611 or visit www.fmuniv.edu. RSVP required by September 15th.