The brainchild of the Rev. Dr. R.B. Holmes, pastor of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church and a former FAMU trustee, the banquet was a fundraising initiative to assist FAMU Athletics. He defined the event in his opening statement, saying “Thank you for your love and thank you for your support of our great institution.”
When all the fanfare subsided, the net result was $225,000 for the department. Clearly it was one of the most successful campaigns in the history of the university. The banquet honored 15 special Rattlers and was financially supported by several dedicated businesses and individuals.