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Caribbean-American Veterans to be Honored at Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival

MIRAMAR – The Courage & Grace Foundation Inc., will honor two Caribbean-American Veterans at this year’s Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival with the Veteran Trailblazer of Caribbean Heritage Award on Sunday, November 13, at Miramar Regional Park.

The Founders of Courage & Grace Foundation, Inc., Kenneth & Maxine Reyes spearheaded the process to identify and select eligible Caribbean-American Veterans based on criteria such as a minimum of 4 years service in the U.S. Military with an honorable discharge, resident of Florida, and actively serving as a community advocate, blazing a trail in corporate, non-profit or entrepreneurship.

Maxine and Ken Reyes Caribbean-American Veterans to be Honored  at Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival
Maxine and Ken Reyes, co-founders of the Courage & Grace Foundation Inc., will honor Caribbean-American veterans at this year’s Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival.

“The Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival is honored to recognize our Caribbean-American Veterans”, stated June Minto, Managing Partner of Jamaican Jerk Festival USA, Inc., “The festival occurs a few days after Veterans Day and working with the Reyes’ and the Courage & Grace Foundation is only fitting that we recognize these Caribbean-American Veterans for their contribution to the community as they continue to serve.”

 Inaugural Veteran Trailblazer Award Recipients

First Sergeant (Retired) Daila Espeut-Jones and Master Sergeant (Retired) Andrew Rhagnanan are the recipients of the 2022 Inaugural Veteran Trailblazer award. Both veterans will be recognized at the festival during a presentation ceremony.

 Non-Profit Organization

Kenneth and Maxine Reyes are both retired from the military and founded the Courage & Grace Foundation, a 501( c ) 3 non-profit that supports Girls Confidence and Youth Education programs in the U.S. and the Caribbean through scholarships, mentorship, and the arts. The organization also supports causes that assist military women and families.

As a proud immigrant who served in the U.S. military, Maxine, who is the CEO, decided to incorporate a cultural diversity program where her organization honors veterans of Caribbean heritage who are blazing their trails and lifting others while they rise in their communities. She has partnered with the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival to recognize outstanding individuals who served in the U.S. military, especially those who are exemplary philanthropic leaders in their community.

 

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