Jamaican nationals in South Florida to be recognized at annual Community Service Awards ceremony

MIAMI – Six Jamaican nationals in South Florida, will be honored for their positive contributions to Jamaica and its Diaspora at the third annual Community Service Awards Ceremony and Tea Party to be staged on Sunday (April 19), at 4 p.m., at the Parrot Jungle Island in downtown Miami.

Guest of Honor at the event hosted by the Consulate General of Jamaica, will be Ms. Sheryl Lee Ralph, acclaimed actress and philanthropist.

The honorees will be recognized for outstanding contribution in the areas of culture, civic, scholastic and professional capacities in Jamaica and South Florida, as well as extraordinary achievements throughout the past year.
Consul General Sandra Grant Griffiths has said that the Government continues to acknowledge the commitment of Jamaicans in the Diaspora and their contribution over the years to the development of their homeland, as well as their respective communities abroad. She continued that in 2009, the event will be even more meaningful with support given to an outstanding charitable endeavor and simultaneously recognizing honorees in this regard.

This year, the area of philanthropy to be endorsed by the Consulate will be related to HIV/AIDS education and intervention projects.

Tickets are now available and can be purchased at the Consulate of Jamaica (305-374-8431 extensions 221, 223).

Guest of Honor Profile

Producer and AIDS activist, Ms. Ralph has turned her attention to programs benefiting the disease. She is the founding director of the DIVA (AIDS) Foundation, a national non-profit organization she created in memory of the many friends she has lost to the disease. Also, she created the critically acclaimed “Divas Simply Singing” an entertainment production, which has become one of the most highly anticipated AIDS benefits in Hollywood, California.

Among the many accolades in this area, Ms. Ralph was awarded the Red Ribbon Award at the United Nations (UN) for her unique use of the arts in battling HIV/AIDS.

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