Immediate Past President: The Late Fannie M. Gilbert

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"Arts and culture are assets to communities and are essential to spark innovation and development."   

The late Fannie M. Gilbert was a devoted mother and grandmother.  She was a passionate community leader who believed it is ones’ duty, as part of society, to work for the greater good, prosperity, peace, development and innovation of that society.   She was a resident of Miami Gardens and was very active citizen.  She was the Co-chair of the Crestview/Rolling Oaks Neighborhood Crime and Crime Watch.  She assisted with community clean up events; was a member of the Miami Gardens Democrat Club; she was the VP of the Voters Council of North Miami Beach, Inc. (the neighborhood where she grew up). She was a former banking professional who had a deep love for the arts.  Fannie was a productive, contributing member of DAC for a number of years and served on the executive board in the office of treasurer.  She was a proud and active member of her church, Manifest Miami and throughout the community, on any given day or night, she attended a variety of events and cultural happenings throughout South Florida.  The community lost a true jewel on December 25th (Christmas Day) 2020 when Fannie lost her battle with cancer.  She was still serving as president at the time of her death and was still actively involved with the organization 3 weeks prior to her passing.