Miami-Dade County

Florida A&M Rattlers alumni gather for big game

The Florida A&M University South Florida chapters of the university’s National Alumni Association are preparing for a big weekend for the FAMU versus the University of Miami football game. But it’s not all about football for the Rattlers.

The big game weekend will kick off Friday at Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach with the first leg of the school’s popular “Presidents Tour and Scholarship/Recruitment Fair.” The event will be hosted by the Broward Chapter of the FAMU National Alumni Association. At the fair, students considering college will learn what FAMU has to offer as well as scholarship qualifications.

Meanwhile, things will be getting ready to happen at the Hyatt in downtown Miami, where at 7 p.m. Friday, the Gold Coast Chapter of the FAMU National Alumni Association will host its “Rattler Reception Hour” with complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Corey Ellis, event coordinator for the Cold Coast chapter, said: “We are trying to reach out to all concerned Rattlers, and community members and leaders to help us continue to build, support and empower our youth.”

After the cocktail hour, the Miami-Dade chapter of the alumni association will host a “casual networking social” in Fate Lounge at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach.

On game day Saturday, the Miami-Dade chapter will host the second leg of the recruitment tour at 9 a.m. in the historic Lyric Theater in Overtown. The program will include honoring all male educators from the South Florida area and recognizing those who work as school counselors and college assistant advisers.

The tour will close with the “Rattler Strike in the Gardens” tailgate and pregame celebration at the Betty T. Ferguson complex at 199th Street, a few blocks from SunLife Stadium, where the FAMU vs. UM game will be held. The pregame celebration is sponsored by the city of Miami Gardens and is expected to draw hundreds of Rattler fans and supporters.

“This is a really big weekend for Rattlers in South Florida,” said Denetra Collins, president of the Miami-Dade chapter. “It is the first time we have had several events surrounding the game that Rattlers and supporters of all ages can enjoy.”

Miami Gardens Councilman David Williams Jr. said the events are intended to “bring together our community, where we have many Rattlers living and working.” He said the weekend of events is a “homecoming of sorts, where we have the opportunity to see Rattler football right here in our city with friends and family.”

Williams, along with Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert, Annie Neasman, president and CEO for the Jessie Trice Community Health Center, and former Miami-Dade county commissioner Betty T. Ferguson, all FAMU graduates, will serve as grand marshals for the weekend of events.

Kickoff time for the game is 7 p.m.


September is National Hunger Action Month, and Feeding South Florida has an extensive list of opportunities for you to get involved and make a difference in the lives of those who struggle to put food on the table.

According to Feeding South Florida, everyday some 871,920 people in South Florida don't know where they will get their next meal. That number includes 287,650 children. To continue its efforts to end hunger in the area, Feeding South Florida, the Feeding America food bank, which serves Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, is preparing a nationwide campaign to mobilize the public to take action to address the serious issue of hunger.

During September, a variety of events and activities will be held to encourage the South Florida community to help end hunger:

Feeding America’s National Light Up Hunger day on Thursday, during which landmark buildings will participate in “Light Up Orange,” the color of hunger awareness. They include the fountain at The Breakers Palm Beach on Thursday; the Bank of America Building, 401 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Thursday through Sept. 11; and the Intercontinental Hotel, 100 Chopin Plaza in downtown Miami on Thursday.

“National Go Orange Day” on Thursday, when people in the community are encouraged to wear orange, or do anything orange.

To learn about 30 ways in 30 days to participate in this community effort to end hunger, go to the Feeding South Florida’s calendar at or call 954-518-1818.


The New Neighbors Club of South Dade invites you to its Sept. 10 luncheon meeting where a “musical treat” awaits you.

The club will present Iris Revson, who has performed in several Broadway shows, including Evita and Pirates of Penzance, and has performed at Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall.

According to the New Neighbors Club, Revson has “taken her theatrical experience along with her incredible voice and her ability to DJ and channeled it into becoming the best master of ceremonies in South Florida.”

Recently, Revson delighted audiences with her One Woman cabaret show featuring hits from Broadway and the Great American Song book. She also directs one of South Florida’s most popular wedding bands, “Iris and Company.”

The club meets at Killian Palms Country Club, 9950 SW 104th St. Doors open at 11 a.m., followed by the luncheon and program at 11:30 a.m. The cost of lunch is $26 and reservations are required by 6 p.m. Thursday.

RSVP by calling 305-595-0213 or emailing


Another Friends and Neighbors salute to local organizations and businesses that have made a worthwhile contribution to our schoolchildren.

Communities in Schools of Miami outfitted 25 students so they would be able to go back to school feeling good about themselves.

On Aug. 16-17, Style Saves hosted its fourth annual Back-to-School in Style event at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

Earlier, Style Saves Swim, which promotes building confidence through clothes and giving a fresh start through fashion, met its goal of raising $100,000 at the Swim Week fashion show fundraiser and outfitted more than 600 Miami-Dade County students.

This is the second year CIS of Miami has partnered with Style Saves to distribute clothing and other items to students in need.

In addition to the clothes giveaway, students also received a day of pampering that included makeovers and other activities. Communities in School of Miami is the regional affiliate of the nation’s leading dropout prevention program, which provides services to more than 20,000 at-risk students in Miami-Dade County.

Style Saves was founded in 2011 by Ford Fashion stylist Rachael Russell and a group of philanthropic fashion-minded young professionals. The group raises funds to provide underprivileged students with new school clothes.