Community Hero Award
KENNETH & FAATIMAH GAMBLE
Co-founders, Universal Companies


Kenneth Gamble is widely known for having written, produced, recorded, and published more than 3,000 songs performed by artists such as The Jackson Five, Teddy Pendergrass, Patti LaBelle, and many others. Along with partner Leon Huff, he co-founded several record companies, including Philadelphia International Records.

The Grammy Award winning songwriting and production duo Gamble and Huff have won nearly every major musical award in the U.S. including being inducted into the National Academy of Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Disco Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They also won Europe’s most prestigious Ivor Novello Award. Their catalog has secured 80 #1 Hits; 200+ Top #100 Hits; 175 Gold/Platinum Albums; #1 R&B Publisher Worldwide; #8 Pop Publisher Worldwide; and one of Gamble and Huff’s records is reportedly played every 13 minutes worldwide.

Mr. Gamble has founded or helped to build numerous organizations that had a sole purpose of helping uplift and empower the African-American community, including the African American Foundation, The Universal Community of Truth, the South Philadelphia Ministries Task Force, The Philadelphia Music Foundation, and Universal Companies, which he co-founded with his wife Faatimah Gamble.

Faatimah Gamble’s acumen for business began early as a student at Bok Vocational School in South Philadelphia. She continued her education at Temple University and later became certified as a Protocol and Etiquette Consultant from the International School of Protocol in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Gamble developed character building and social etiquette programs which she has implemented with hundreds of adolescents over the last 30 years, encouraging self-esteem among urban youth.

Currently, Mrs. Gamble joins radio personality, Mimi Brown of WDAS, Philly’s R&B and Classic Soul radio station, to deliver health centered messages and words of wisdom through haiku poetry to the Philadelphia region. Mrs. Gamble is a published poet who has earned numerous awards and has been recognized by city and state officials for her dedication to health and wellness. In 2013, she was recognized by Philadelphia City Council for her commitment to helping impoverished communities and families across the nation, and by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for her charitable and community achievements. She’s also been named one of Philadelphia Tribune’s Most Influential African American Leaders.

In the past two decades since Mr. and Mrs. Gamble founded Universal, it has improved the quality of life for thousands of children and families residing in historically disenfranchised communities. To date, Universal has been the conduit for more than $1.5 billion of real estate development and investment and currently educates more than 4,500 students in ten public charter schools (K-12). The company is also one of the largest African-American led businesses in Philadelphia, employing nearly 650 professionals.

Since the inception, more than 25,000 individuals have benefited from the programs, workshops and events implemented by Universal’s wellness program, The Wellness of You, led by Mrs. Gamble. In addition to the Celebrate Wellness Expo and the Annual Wellness Breakfast for Men, it also includes an annual children’s wellness health fair for nearly 3,000 students and their families. The Wellness of You program implements character building/self-esteem training programs for adolescents, known respectively as The Pearls of Wisdom and From Boys to Men.

Corporate Leadership Award
MICHAEL FORMAN
Chairman & CEO, FS Investments


Michael Forman is the Chairman and CEO of FS Investments, an alternative investments asset manager. Michael founded FS in 2007 after a successful career as both a corporate and securities lawyer and a serial entrepreneur. The firm is an outgrowth of Michael’s simple vision: help investors access alternative sources of income, growth and diversification formerly available to only large institutions and the wealthiest individuals.

Over the last 13 years, FS Investments has grown from a small, innovative start-up to an organization that manages nearly $25 billion in assets and a growing suite of solutions designed to help financial advisors, individuals and institutions achieve a variety of financial goals. With five offices and over 350 employees, the firm has been recognized as an industry leader. FS Investments was named one of “Philly’s Coolest Companies” by Philadelphia Magazine in 2015 and one of Greater Philadelphia’s Healthiest Employers by the Philadelphia Business Journal in 2019.

A native of northern New Jersey, Michael attended the University of Rhode Island. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Political Science and he went on to earn a JD from Rutgers Law School. In 2013, Michael was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Greater Philadelphia.

Michael lives in the Society Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia with his wife and three daughters who, as a family, created a foundation that devotes resources to civic and charitable organizations supporting education, the arts, childhood nutrition, women’s rights and animal welfare. In 2021, Michael cofounded the Forman Arts Initiative (FAI) with his wife, Jennifer Rice. FAI is a platform to connect and support artists and cultural organizations in Philadelphia through programming, exhibition commissions, financial support and advocacy.

Michael’s commitment to the Philadelphia region extends to board service at several institutions, including Drexel University, the Center City District Foundation and the Barnes Foundation. He also serves as the Founding Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Equity Alliance. His civic leadership has garnered recognition by the community and his peers, including the 2019 Americanism Award from the Anti-Defamation League of Philadelphia as well as a special honor from Mural Arts Philadelphia in 2017 for his dedication to the city’s public art initiatives. In 2019, Mr. Forman cofounded Fitler Club, a diverse and civically engaged private lifestyle club located in Center City, Philadelphia.

Alumni Achievement Award
ALFRED T. SAMURA, MD
Cardiology Fellow, Cooper University Health Care


Born in Sierra Leone, Dr. Samura was impressed by the work of military doctors during the civil war while growing up there, sparking his interest in the medical field. His decision to become a doctor was cemented after his father had to undergo emergency surgery that saved his life.

In 2004, Dr. Samura moved to the United States on his own. Over the next six years, while working as a nurse’s aide, and later a nurse, to support himself and his family, he pursued his undergraduate degree at Community College of Philadelphia and then the University of Pennsylvania.

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Samura went on to study at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2017 he began his residency at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) where he served a diverse patient population with varying pathologies. He focused his research interest on health care disparities. After his training at UTHealth, Dr. Samura came back to the Philadelphia area as a cardiology fellow at Cooper University Health Care. Dr. Samura is interested in pursuing interventional cardiology subspecialty training.

Throughout his training, Dr. Samura continues to be a mentor to underrepresented minorities and hopes to influence the next generation of physicians.

He is married to Hawa Samura; his best friend for nearly 18 years.

2022 Black & Gold Gala

Presenting Sponsor: Parx Casino

Entertainment | Dinner | Dancing

June 1, 2022
6:00 p.m.
Crystal Tea Room
100 E. Penn Square #9B | Philadelphia, PA 19107

The annual Black & Gold Gala is the signature fundraising event for the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation and one of greater Philadelphia’s premier social occasions.

The purpose of the Black & Gold Gala is to recognize outstanding service of individuals and/or organizations that demonstrate involvement in community growth in the areas of education, business, social services, and health. This recognition is awarded to those who exemplify leadership and are active in community initiatives in Philadelphia. Event proceeds will benefit the 50th Anniversary Promise Scholarship and other scholarships for Community College of Philadelphia students. Last year, the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation provided over $1 million in scholarship support to students.

Event Guidelines
Please note the following important event procedures:
  • All admission registrations must be made in advance of the event. No new admission registrations will be available at the door.  
  • No one will be admitted without proof of COVID-19 vaccination. All guests will be required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 and ID upon arrival.

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2022 Honorees

Michael Forman

Corporate Leadership Award

Michael Forman
Chairman and CEO
FS Investments

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Kenneth and Faatima Gamble

Community Hero Award

Kenneth and Faatimah Gamble
Co-founders
Universal Companies

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Alfred T. Samura, MD

Alumni Achievement Award

Alfred T. Samura, MD
Cardiology Fellow
Cooper University Health Care

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Honorary Chair
The Honorable James F. Kenney
Mayor, City of Philadelphia

Co-chair
Deana Gamble
Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health
CCP Foundation Board of Directors

Co-chair
Nedia Ralston
Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
CCP Foundation Board of Directors

Donald Guy Generals, Ed.D.
CCP President

Ellyn Jo Waller, Ed.D.
Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church
CCP Foundation President

Committee Members

Ronald Davis, M.Ed.
Parx Casino

Tricia Maloney
FS Investments

William Sasso, Esq.
Stradley Ronon

Romulo L. Diaz, Jr.
Turtle on Post LLC

Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake
Independence Blue Cross Foundation
CCP Foundation Board of Directors

Michael D. Soileau
CCP Board of Trustees
CCP Foundation Board of Directors

Talib Ellison
Exelon Corporation
CCP Foundation Board of Directors

Joanne McFall
Keystone First

Joan N. Stern, Esq.
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellot

Mia Fioravanti
Hilco Redevelopment Partners
CCP Foundation Board of Directors

Shelton Mercer, III
The Mercer Advisory Group
CCP Foundation Board of Directors

Ronald Williams, Esq.
Fox Rothschild LLP

Rasheia Johnson
Siebert Williams Shank & Co., LLC
CCP Foundation Board of Directors

Yvette A. Núñez
UnidosUS
CCP Foundation Board of Directors

Mellissia Zanjani, Ph.D., CFRE
CCP Institutional Advancement

 

Alfred T. Samura, MD
Cooper University Health Care

 

Presenting Sponsor

sponsor

  sponsor sponsor  
John Alchinand Hal Marryatt sponsor sponsor
Stradley Ronon  |  Charitas Foundation
 

TICKETS & SPONSORSHIPS

Community College of Philadelphia Foundation
1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 751-8042
EIN 23-2612698