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AFUWI New York Gala


The Annual Gala is the AFUWI’s premier fundraising event in the USA at which the prestigious Legacy Awards are conferred on notable individuals who represent high levels of achievement within their respective fields of industry and enterprise. The Gala has attracted the support and attention of major American and Caribbean entities and organizations from diverse industries, e.g. AT&T, Verizon, General Electric, Digicel and Royal Caribbean Bakery. The event has also been able to garner the attention and support of many distinguished and influential persons who have graciously served on the Honorary Committee. This list includes persons like Wynton Marsalis, Colin Powell, Spike Lee, Maya Angelou, Denis Obrien and Malcolm Gladwell.

The AFUWI is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization, with a special dispensation to raise funds in the USA and grant tax benefits to US donors funding a non-American institution. The Foundation is a US–based organization and is therefore subject to all state and federal regulatory guidelines.

GALA 2010

This year’s recipient of the University of the West Indies Bob Marley Award is Emmy Award winner Spike Lee. This honor is granted to individuals whose contribution to the advancement of arts and culture transcends boundaries of race, color, creed and geographies, uniting people throughout the world in a spirit that embodies the essence of the music and lyrics of the Hon. Robert Nesta Marley, OM. This year, the four Caribbean Prime Ministers will be presented with the Legacy Awards.

Dr. Edison O. Jackson, former President of Medgar Evers College, CUNY for two decades, will be presented with the Foundation’s Special Award while Air Jamaica and TCW will receive the Corporate Award. Dr. Edison O. Jackson is being honored for his exemplary leadership and innovation in the field of education.

The 2010 Luminary Award recipients include Lowell Hawthorne, Earl Jarrett, Lesly Kernisant, M.D. and R “Danny” Williams while the Vice Chancellor Achievement awardees comprise Sybil Chester, Karlene ChinQuee, M.D., Maxine Griffith and Janet RollĂ©.

Usain Bolt, Jamaica’s Triple Olympic and World Athletic Champion will be presented with a special award by the Foundation in honor of his record-breaking performance in the recent Olympics and World Championships.

My9 Anchor Brenda Blackmon, CNN Entertainment Correspondent Lola Ogunnaike and WCBS News Anchor Maurice Dubois, all of whom have generously agreed to donate their talent in support of the Foundation’s effort to secure funds for scholarships and grants for needy students of the University of the West Indies, will host the black tie gala.

A silent auction included in the evening’s program and will feature items donated by local businesses and members of the public.

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