Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis -(Photo Source: Harris Public Relations)

Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis -(Photo source: Harris Public Relations)

Bringing award winning artists who sell millions of albums worldwide is not good enough for Variety Entertainment, producer of the popular music festival, Funk Fest. In every city where Funk Fest tours, they recognize community leaders who are making the community better for those who live, work and play in each city. Miami will be no different as they plan to recognize two of Miramar’s leaders. Michael Munoz, owner and operator of Pirate Brothers BBQ; and Dr. Roslyn Artis, president of Florida Memorial University.

Michael Munoz of the family owned, Pirate Brothers is recognized by Sam’s Club as a Community Champion. Munoz is one of the three owners of Pirate Brothers. They’ve been in business for only three years and have acquired two food trucks and two restaurants in Miramar, Florida. Pirate Brothers are very active in the Miramar community and work with the City of Miramar to support initiatives that aid in the development of children and pets. Pirate Brothers BBQ consistently donates proceeds, time, and food to local events, youth programs, and shelters. In addition, all law enforcement officers, firemen, EMT/hospital staff, and servicemen eat free of charge at any of their locations with proper identification.

Dr. Artis is the first female president in the University’s 137-year history. She was appointed unanimously by the board of trustees as the 13th president of Florida Memorial University in 2014. She has provided immeasurable leadership and direction to the university during her brief tenure. Increasing exposure and resource development for the University is among her many achievements as well as enhancing the infrastructure and technology of the institution. Artis is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, where she earned her Doctorate in higher education leadership and policy. She also holds a Juris Doctorate degree from West Virginia University College of Law, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from West Virginia State University. Considered “The Consummate” professional, she views this as the cornerstone of success. Her goal is to instill drive, a will to succeed and desire to improve the world into each student that attends Florida Memorial University.

Funk Fest Miami will recognize each of these leaders during their “Community Spotlight” during the show. During this time they will also recognize two students who will receive a scholarship worth up to $5,000.00. The Pepsi Funk Fest Scholarship is in partnership with Lifting As We Climb, a national nonprofit organization based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Through this partnership, Funk Fest has awarded over 30 students with over $100,000 in scholarships to help them further their education.

For more information on Funk Fest, our community spotlights, Pepsi Funk Fest scholarship, visit funkfesttour.com.

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