CHRISETTE MICHELE TO PERFORM AT THE 7TH ANNUAL FIELD OF DREAMS BENEFIT
The 7th Annual Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida Orange Bowl “Field of Dreams” Scholarship Benefit will honor the philanthropic contributions of several South Florida dignitaries and institutions. The event will be held on Friday, May 8th, 2009 at the Broward County Convention Center. The reception will begin at 7pm and a dinner program will follow at 8pm. The highlight of the evening will be a soulful performance by songstress Chrisette Michele.
“Everything is in place for one of the more successful, star-studded and meritorious group of honorees since the Field of Dreams began. This promises to be one of the premiere events of the season. Now part of the Orange Bowl Committee’s 75 year legacy, our Field of Dreams offers a can’t miss night of entertainment, recognition and the generous spirit of South Florida,” comments Antonia “Toni” Williams-Gary, Co Chair of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida Orange Bowl field of Dreams Event Committee.
Grammy winner and Def Jam recording artist, Chrisette Michele, was born in Central Islip, New York to parents who worked as deacons to their church. This connection inspired her to reflect on childhood memories in her own Def Jam debut album. She sings in a jazz style reminiscent of singers such as Sarah Vaughn, Jill Scott, Macy Gray, Erykah Badu, and Ella Fitzgerald. Her first nomination for a Grammy came in 2008 in the category of Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “If I Have My Way.” 2009 proved to be her winning year when she was nominated and won the category of Best Urban/Alternative Performance for “Be OK.” Michele has collaborated with famous producers and artists like Ne-Yo, Nas, Jay-Z and Kanye West. This beautiful 26 year old is a singer songwriter and composer who is signed to Def Jam Record by Antonio “L.A.” Reid who told her he had “goose bumps” after the first time he heard her. “When Chrisette Michele enters a room,” said Mr. Reid, “the room becomes a better place.”
“The Orange Bowl Committee is dedicated to giving back to the community especially as it pertains to youth academic and athletic programs,” says Lynn Washington, co-chair of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida Orange Bowl Field of Dreams Event Committee. “We invite the public to join us as we celebrate America’s future leaders, and continue the OBC’s legacy of 75 years of making our community better.”
The Orange Bowl Keith Tribble Trailblazer will be awarded to University of Miami Head Football Coach Randy Shannon. Other recognitions include Barrington Irving, the youngest and first black person to pilot a plane around the world solo at age 24; Christopher L. Smith, Florida State Senator District 29 and founder of The Chris Smith All-star Football Classic; Clarence E. Anthony, former Mayor of South Bay and presently the Chief Marketing Officer and Presiding Director of the Board of Directors for Post Buckley Schuh & Jernigan, Inc and Myron L. Rolle, former star football safety for the Florida State Seminoles and 2008-09 Rhodes Scholar who will be studying at Oxford in the Fall to earn an M.A. in medical anthropology, will be recognized for their tireless work and contributions to the South Florida community.
The Orange Bowl Committee is a not-for-profit, 330-member, primarily-volunteer organization. It is a self-sustaining, independent organization that supports and produces activities and events that enhance the image, economy and culture of South Florida. The Orange Bowl Festival features a year-round schedule of events culminating with the FedEx Orange Bowl on January 5, 2010. In 2013, the OBC will again double-host both the FedEx Orange Bowl and the BCS National Championship. Other OBC core events include the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic, Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance, Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships and Orange Bowl Sailing Regatta Series. For more information on the 2009-10 Orange Bowl Festival and its events, including promotional and volunteer opportunities through the Ambassador Program, log on to http://www.orangebowl.org