Thursday, April 6, 2017

Holmes, local churches net $225K for FAMU athletics

TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- The Rev. R.B. Holmes wasn’t shocked or amazed he and a group of local and statewide pastors surpassed what they thought could raise for Florida A&M’s athletic department.

He was just thankful.

During this year’s Legacy Banquet on Thursday, Holmes, on behalf of the Legacy Committee, was able to present FAMU Athletic Director Milton Overton Jr. with a check for $225,000 – more than double Holmes’ original fundraising goal of $100,000, which was set in 2015.

Coming into this year's Legacy Banquet, the Bethel Empowerment Foundation had already raised $64,356. This year's event generated the additional money, which was then presented in the form of a single, giant, check.

“I’m very thankful to the legacy committee, to the faith community, Bethel Baptist and Bethel AME,” Holmes said. “It was a united effort to make this happen.”

The entire amount is for the Rattlers’ athletic department, which is looking to repair Bragg Memorial Stadium before the start of the 2017 football season on Aug. 26.


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