MIAMI – The Caribbean Bar Association (“CBA”) will honor Former Prime Minister of Jamaica, The Most Honorable P. J. Patterson and Charlie Crist, Governor of Florida and at its Annual Scholarship and Awards Gala.
The Eleventh Annual Scholarship Banquet will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2007 at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida, beginning with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. which will feature steel band performance, carnival costume parade and a silent auction, with vibrant and distinctive pieces of art from many renowned Caribbean artists, followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m, with Mr. Patterson as the Keynote speaker.
The Most Honorable P. J. Patterson
“The past two years we abandoned the guest speaker format and focused on showcasing the rich culture and music of the Caribbean. This year, not only will our guests enjoy true Caribbean culture and music, but we decided to add more substance to the event by inviting the Former Prime Minister, Mr. Patterson, to address our theme “Bridging the Gap One Single CARICOM Market and Economy”. In addition, the Honorable Charlie Crist, Governor of Florida, will address the CBA members and personally welcome Mr. Patterson to the State of Florida”, stated Pamela Gordon, president, Caribbean Bar Association.
In keeping with the charitable aim of the Banquet, a portion of the proceeds from the event will be used to fund scholarships for financially challenged Caribbean American law students in South Florida.
The CBA will also launch a Hurricane Relief Fund at the Banquet to aid the Caribbean island nations affected by Hurricane Dean. All funds collected at the Banquet will be forwarded to the Jamaican Consulate for distribution. “We are asking our guests to bring monetary donations with them to the Banquet as their contributions will help the countries that were severely impacted by Hurricane Dean,” noted Pamela Gordon, president, Caribbean Bar Association.
In addition, the Banquet will also honor Commissioner Winston Barnes and Nova Southeastern University, for their contributions to the Caribbean American community.
For more information, contact President, Pamela Gordon, Esq., at (305) 653-5374. For tickets, ($100 per person), contact Don James, Esq., 2655 S. Lejune Road, Ph 1D, Miami Florida 33134, (ph): 305-441-6666.