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2009 Spirit Of The Caribbean Honorees Selected As Agency Commemorates 13 Years Of Empowering Others

FT. LAUDERDALE – Minority Development & Empowerment, Inc. (MDEI) is set to celebrate 13th years of existence by launching and honoring its 2009 Spirit of the Caribbean Award Honorees at its Annual Luncheon on October, 29, 2009 at the Signature Grand from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

This year’s theme: “Empowering Families” embodies the impact the organization has had on the lives of thousands of South Floridians from, Haiti, Trinidad & Tobago, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Bahamas and other Caribbean countries.

The honorees and categories of the 2009 Spirit of the Caribbean Awards include: Government Leadership: Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz; Education Leadership: Nova Southeastern University; Business Leadership: Ms. Pauline Grant, North Broward Medical Center; Inspirational Leadership: Ms. Sandra Bernard Bastien, Children Services Council of Broward County; New Generation Leadership: Mr. Barrington Irving, Experience Aviation, Inc. In announcing the honorees, Francois Leconte, President and CEO of MDEI states, “Florida is one of the most diverse states in the Nation, and we feel these individuals and organizations go above and beyond to celebrate and appreciate the pluralism in our community.”

WPLG Local 10 reporter/anchor Neki Mohan will animate the event. Aside from the awards and luncheon, entertainers and vendors will showcase Caribbean culture through art, artifacts and products. The event promises to be an experiential mini Caribbean get away.

Sponsors of the event include: Nova Southeastern University, Broward Health, JM Family Enterprise, Grace Kennedy, USA, Broward College and Lafe Food.

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