frederica_wilson3_web.jpgMIAMI — Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, D-Miami, will join rapper Doug E. Fresh and children’s advocate Tracy Wilson Mourning in a stellar lineup for the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce’s sixth annual gala on Dec. 3.

The event will include an awards component. The chamber’s most distinguished recognition, the H.T. Smith Lifetime Achievement Award, will go to Wilson.  She will be honored “for her life-long contribution of community leadership and philanthropic effort to improve quality of life for Miami-Dade County residents,” the chamber said in a statement.

Alberto Carvalho, Miami-Dade County Public Schools superintendent, will receive the Distinguished Service Award “for his work aiding children and youth in their quest for excellence.”

Coconut Grove community activist Thelma Gibson will receive the Citizen of the Year Award “for her celebrated work in volunteerism, education, health care and service to the wider South Florida community.”

“Year after year, our annual gala ignites the South Florida business and social scene,” Bill Diggs, president and CEO of the chamber, said in a statement.

“The entire community supports the chamber’s effort to provide a joyous atmosphere for connecting our town’s power players.  We have more up our sleeve than ever before to make this gala the best one yet,” Diggs said.

Mourning, founder of Honey Shine Mentoring Program, and Eric Knowles, senior director of government affairs for the Miami Dolphins, will  host the gala which is expected to attract more than 600 people.

The theme is “Unmasking Business Success.”

The black-tie gala will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Hyatt Regency Miami, 400 SE Second Ave., Miami. Tickets cost $150. For tickets or more information, call 305-751- 8648 or visit

Photo: Congresswoman Frederica Wilson