It was a honor to be apart of the Friends of FAM's 1st Annual Be Out Day Atlanta and serve as the Official Event T-Shirt Vendor. The event was TRULY a beautiful FAMULY AFFAIR!
I am Ciera Hall, a Spring 2012 graduate of our beloved Florida A&M University. I served as the 2011-2012 Queen of Orange and Green, marched with the Incomparable Marching "100" in Flag Corp, Spring 11' initiate of the Real Beta Alpha chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., but of all things that I did on campus, I am most known for creating Famuly Affair.
As many of you know I started Famuly Affair in 2010 while attending FAMU. I am the woman I am today because of this very creation. It has brought me so much joy and happiness but at one point in time it brought me a lot of pain and heartbreak that I pray none of you have to endure! When I graduated it was bitter sweet for me. I was happy that I was done with school but I was scared because I knew it also meant that I wouldn't be able to keep FAMUly Affair alive! I struggled with this for 5 years! Trying my best from afar but it wasn't good enough and I was trumped! My favorite quote of all time is "The goal is not to live forever, but to create something that will" and that's why I can't leave it alone! Every time I tried to let it go and move on with life, God stirred me right back to it. I was so confused, I was a mess!!!! Until one night I prayed for guidance, strength, direction and PATIENCE!!! I finally allowed myself to submit to the word of God instead of trying to do it on my own. (You have to BE STILL in order to hear him!) When he spoke to me, I LISTENED!
Be Out Day Atlanta was the day I officially relaunched FAMUly Affair and our new initiative G.R.O.W. The love and support I've received after the relaunch has been so OVERWHELMING! Thank you! Thank You! Thank You! I do it for YOU ALL!!!! #MyFAMULY!!!!!!
With our new initiative G.R.O.W. "Giving Rattlers Opportunities Worldwide" mentorship program. I want to use my platform to touch as many Rattlers as I can but as i've recently learned, I can't do it alone! During Be Out Day, several Alums "Sowed a Seed to help a Rattler in need".
As seen in the photo above, their donation is displayed in the form of a leaf print on our FAMULY TREE! Once the tree is full it will be donated to the Black Archives as a symbol of our continuous dedication to FAMU! Rattlers from afar can donate via our PayPal link and we also have a P.O. Box where you can send small personal artifacts (such as a piece of an old shirt you may have worn while on the hill or a mini flag for Rattlers abroad) to be added to the tree to represent your contribution. The next opportunity to donate in person and get your thumb print on the Tree will be during this years Homecoming festivities. (Locations TBA)
This is your chance to reach back and help mentor the next generation of Rattlers! Thank you to each and every person that's supported me through the years! Please continue spreading the word about this great cause. Be sure to Like and follow our Facebook Fan Page which is now well over 16,000 fans. Follow us on Instagram, Youtube, Snapchat, Pintrest and our Blog.
If I never get a chance to meet or tell you in person, just know I'm forever grateful for you and your Support! I have some amazing parents and friends! I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!
Remember not long ago when you were a struggling student aspiring to realize the dream of becoming who you are today? You vowed once you reached success, you would make life easier for another struggling student who reminded you of your situation. Now, is your time to pay it forward and mentor students from afar. Our FAMULY TREE gives alumni an opportunity to make good on those promises of helping our younger generation of rattlers without limiting your giving to monetary donations. Analyze the times you may have received an envelope requesting a pledge to the university and desired to give back but didn’t? Plagued with guilt or shame for sitting back and watching students and the school we know and love struggle with one situation or another? Why is that? When FAMU has such of broad base of graduates who are world renowned for our talent and intellect.
Our FAMULY is a conglomerate of influential people who have a very powerful network. We are comprised of lawyers, doctors, nurses, actors/actresses, CEOs of major companies, military veterans, teachers, movie directors, accountants, musicians, news anchors, U.S. diplomats etc. Do you get the picture? An empire could never materialize if no one recognizes or is willing to start its existence. Our FAMULY will build a FOR US BY US type of network that is transparent to all donors and never stops growing. We encourage our followers to join links and form partnerships that promote growth of students in their prospective career fields.
History of Famuly Affair and Future Aspirations
Since its inception, in the year of 2010, our FAMULY AFFAIR website has grown a network capacity of more than 20,000 people globally and has been a valuable resource on FAMU’s campus. Through its affiliation of Student Government Association, Office of Student Activities, and FAMU’s Athletic program, our photography teams played an integral part in galvanizing students, faculty, organizations, celebrities, etc., to share in one common purpose, UNITY for the love of FAMU. After setting a campus milestone in social media by way of using an online photo gallery, FAMULY AFFAIR has left an imprint for others to pattern their unique Rattler endeavors after for a lifetime. Although our mission of unifying Rattlers remains the same, we have broadened our scope for a greater vision. Help our FAMULY Tree GROW!
Your donation will be displayed in the form of a leaf print left on the branches of our FAMULY Tree. Your leaf print represents a life-long commitment to FAMU’s legacy and signifies the diversity in our professions beyond our collegiate experience. The branches bond each of us together for years to come while extending new branches to future alumnus. Together we form a unit of scholarly power that is deeply rooted in the preservation and development of new generations of Rattlers.
We encourage you to join FAMULY Affair in the opportunity to give back to our beloved university in a way like no other. We will honor this tree by giving $1 every year to keep our legacy growing. Our goal is to extend a hand to Rattlers in need. Your donation will give a fellow Rattler the opportunity to G.R.O.W. in our “Giving Rattlers Opportunities Worldwide” mentorship program. This program gives current students a chance to connect and network with established Rattlers worldwide.
Scholarship, Internship, and Mentorship opportunities will be available for Rattlers……” The FAMULY Tree”, where our collegiate roots run deep within the red clay and soil of Tallahassee, Florida; but our branches spread all over God’s earth, creating a global impact.
Welcome to the FAMULY! A tree that keeps on giving……….
Are you a Rattler Alum that would like to be a larger part of the inaugural Be Out Day event? Join us on the host committee!!! For an 100 dollar donation you will receive 2 Be Out Day ATL tshirts, 2 Be Out Day ATL wristbands, your name as a chief contributor on our scholarship foundation, and a social media blast highlighting you as a dynamic Rattler Alum. For more information please email us at beoutdayATL@gmail.com or visit us atbeoutdayATL.splashthat.com to sign up.
Please remember we are accepting donations no matter how great or small to reward our future Rattler's who are on their way to making a dynamic impact on the Hill. Please submit your donations to our PayPal linkhttp://paypal.me/BeOutDayAtlanta
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It's been 5 years since the creation of Famuly Affair and the Facebook Fan Page is over 16,000 fans strong. This is a tremendous milestone as we continue the mission of Famuly Affair.
In efforts to continue the mission of Famuly Affair we have reopened the Famuly Affair and More Online Store, where you can purchase Official Famuly Affair apparel and more.
Your support is greatly appreciated. Thank you! We wouldn't be here without you!
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