Florida A&M University (FAMU) Board of Trustees member Torey L. Alston will keynote the 12th Annual Orange and Green Scholarship Gala presented by the Sarasota-Manatee Chapter of the FAMU National Alumni Association on Saturday, April 26 at 6 p.m. The event will be held at the Palm Aire Country Club, located at 5601 Country Club Way in Sarasota. The event will be hosted by Rod Carter from WFLA News Channel 8.
“It is an honor to give back to my alma mater and serve as the keynote speaker for this distinguished event,” said Alston. “It is an exciting time in the history of Florida A&M University and it’s always a great time to help students realize their dreams of a higher education.”
The theme for this year’s gala is “The Legacy of FAMU Leadership for the Present and Future.” Tickets are $60 and proceeds generate scholarships for local graduating highs school seniors. The gala serves as the primary scholarship fundraising event for the Sarasota-Manatee Chapter.
Alston is the executive director of the Office of Economic Opportunity with the Miami-Dade Public Schools Office of Economic Opportunity, the nation’s fourth largest school district, which serves more than 350,000 students. Alston is responsible for the promotion of economic development and the growth of small, micro and minority/women business enterprises through contractor prequalification, certification, community outreach contract review and compliance.
Alston previously served as chief of staff to Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief and Broward County Commissioner Albert Jones. From 2007-2010, Alston served as executive director for Florida’s Office of Supplier Diversity (OSD), where he oversaw the state’s supplier diversity program, which manages minority and women-owned business enterprises. Under Alston’s leadership, in fiscal year 2006-2007, the State of Florida spent more than $3 billion with minority and women-owned business enterprises.
Alston received his bachelor’s degree and MBA with a concentration in marketing and management from FAMU.
While at FAMU, he served in various roles including class president (two terms), student senator and president of the FAMU Student National Alumni Association. Alston is a life member of the NAACP and the FAMU National Alumni Association. He is married to his college sweetheart, Candice, and resides in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
For more information on the gala, contact Keenan Wooten by phone at (941) 704-6746, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: www.saramanarattlers.com.