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Vincentians in US to host Diaspora Heritage awards

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The SVG Diaspora Committee of New York Inc will, on Saturday, September 16, host its 2nd annual St Vincent and the Grenadines Diaspora Heritage Awards at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn.

The event will be held in collaboration with the SVG-USA Sports Association (SVGUSASA) and Cultural Association of Vincentians in the USA (CAVUSA), under the theme “Celebrating Vincentian Excellence”.

Several Vincentian legends and icons will be recognized for their outstanding contributions to Vincentian life in the areas of sports, culture and humanitarian efforts.

Among the awardees are Lifetime Achievement Broadcasting and Service to the Vincentian community – Donn Bobb; Sports Hall of Fame Inductees – Thaddaeus Michael Findlay (Cricket), Peggy Ince Hull (Netball), Mark Cordice (Karate), and Sam DeBique (posthumously Soccer); Sports Merit Award – N’keal Harry (American Football) and Nzingha Prescod (Fencing); Culture – Winston Soso (Music Entertainment), Donna Weekes (Fashion), Ainsley Primus (Cultural Promotions), Gordon “Don” Sutherland (Musician), and Godfrey “Cherry” Ince (Music Production); Humanitarian Efforts – Ruby Wood, Laverne Munroe and SVG Organization of Pennsylvania.

The objectives of the Heritage Awards are: 1. To recognize Vincentians who have made sterling contributions to SVG or its diaspora in the USA; 2. To motivate and inspire Vincentians to continuously strive for excellence; 3. To document the legacies of the Vincentian diaspora in the USA; and 4. To promote unity among Vincentians in the diaspora to strengthen the cohesiveness of the Vincentian diaspora.

The 2017 SVG Diaspora Heritage Awards, a signature event of the committee, will celebrate awardees and showcase the best of Vincentian heritage, including a cultural package and an extended cocktail hour featuring Vincentian cuisine and beverages.

For more information, please contact dheritageawards@gmail.com or Theo Marshall: 347-672-5417, Glenroy “Gobels” Phillips: 347-436-2953, Atiba Williams: 347-989-7501, Owusu Slater: 917-648-8395, or Peter Burke: 646-761-0605.

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