For Immediate Release

 

Community Change Makers Honored for National Caribbean American Heritage Month

 

WEST PALM BEACH – June 17, 2014 –  The Caribbean American Democratic Club of Palm Beach County will honor 10 community servants for their contributions to the county at its signature event, AllSpice: Flavors of the Caribbean. This event, in observance of Caribbean American Heritage Month, will be Friday, June 20, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Borland Center for Performing Arts located at 4884 PGA Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

The honorees are:

  • Honorable Al Jacquet, (Haiti) Commissioner, City of Delray Beach, Vivian Ferrin Award (Mr. Ferrin was the first Caribbean American to represent the Village of Royal Palm Beach and hold political office in Palm Beach)
  • Honorable Colin Walkes, (Barbados) Mayor, City of Pahokee, The Community Award
  • Attorney Grasford Smith (Jamaica) Senior Counsel, Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A., Champion for Philanthropy
  • Cory Neering (Bahamas), VP of Youth Services, Planned Parenthood, Champion of Healthcare Advocacy
  • Chef Donald Smith (Jamaica), Owner of Caribbean Choice Restaurant & Bakery Champion of Business
  • Keith “KJ” Jones (Bahamas), President KJ Events, Champion of Arts and Entertainment
  • Nicole Cummings-Peterkin (Guyana), Engineer/Pilot, Pratt & Whitney Champion of STEM
  • Attorney Lynn Solomon (Trinidad) Legal Counsel, City of Ft. Lauderdale, Champion of Law
  • Dr. Janice Cover (Jamaican) Former Assistant Superintendent, Palm Beach County Schools, Champion of Education
  • Gillian Eubanks-Knowles (Jamaica), Vice President, Iberia Bank, Champion of Finance

 

An active Club Member will receive the ‘Amanayea Abrahams Award”. This award was named after Mrs. Abrahams, a founding member and local community advocate for the Caribbean community in Palm Beach County.

“It is impossible to imagine South Florida and particularly Palm Beach County without the vibrant presence of the –  over 400,000 immigrants of Caribbean descent who are our families, friends and treasured partners in the prosperity and quality of life of our community in South Florida,” said Sophia Nelson, organizer of the event. “Since the first wave of Caribbean-American immigrants came to our shores through Ellis Island, they have maintained a strong cultural distinctiveness.  For these pioneers, developing an identity was a difficult task but believing in an America where people can exist in their own selfhood yet find a common ground based on respect, they constructed an environment of social equality. Since then, they have enriched this country socially, economically and politically with their sterling contributions. In recognizing these community leaders, we celebrate the collective contributions they have made to the global family”, she adds.

 

In addition to dinner, there will be a DJ, Carnival dancers, and steel drums.  Attendees will be able to dance into the night with live Caribbean rhythms from local, national and International musical artists.  Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at  www.eventbrite.com/e/allspice-flavors-of-the-caribbean-tickets-1160968387For more information and sponsorship opportunities, call 561-531-1876.

 

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