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Caribbean Bar Association Gala to highlight Caribbean region and showcase the carnival experience

The Caribbean Bar Association (“CBA”) will highlight the rich history, diversity and culture of the Caribbean region at its annual scholarship gala, when it showcases the Carnival experience.

The Ninth Annual Scholarship Gala will be held on Saturday September 10, 2005 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, starting with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m., and followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m.

“We are partnering with the Consul Generals and tourist boards of several Caribbean islands, as well as other Carnival organizations, to ensure that our guests receive a true taste of the Caribbean music, culture, and heritage. Despite the active hurricane season of the past year, the Caribbean is still a wonderful tourist destination with its white sand, beaches and diverse culture. By highlighting Carnival throughout the Caribbean region, the CBA is doing its part to make sure this message is clear,” explained Pamela Gordon, incoming president of the CBA.

In keeping with the charitable aim of the Gala, a significant portion of the proceeds will be used to fund scholarships for financially challenged law students in South Florida. The CBA will choose the recipients of the scholarship through an essay competition in which participants will have to identify two issues of importance to the Caribbean region and suggest viable solutions.

The Gala will also honor persons and companies who made contributions to the Caribbean community in the last year. Commissioner Hazelle Rogers of Lauderdale Lakes will receive the community service award for her outstanding leadership in Lauderdale Lakes and the Broward County League of Cities. Grace Kennedy & Company Limited will receive the corporate citizenship award in recognition of its support for hurricane relief throughout the Caribbean, and also in recognition of its Birthright programme, aimed at reconnecting Jamaican-Americans with their ancestral homeland. Rodney Baltimore, radio announcer at HOT105 radio station will also be honored for his contributions to the Caribbean community in South Florida.

For more information or sponsorship opportunities, contact Robert Vaughan at (305)577-7078) or Pamela Gordon at(305)331-9912). To RSVP for the gala, send your check for $90 per person, payable to the Caribbean Bar Association, c/o Andre Hall, Esq. Law Offices of Andre Hall P.A., 130 South University Drive, Ste F, Plantation, Florida 33324 (ph): 954-474-1929.

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