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Raising disaster relief funds for Haiti and the Bahamas

Raising disaster relief funds for Haiti and the Bahamas

Black-Tie Gala saluting Caribbean and Caribbean American Leaders

      FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — Luminaries from various professional disciplines will gather at ICABA® Salutes Caribbean Excellence Black-Tie Gala Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Tower Club in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Honorees will include Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (Bahamas); Aubyn Hill, (Jamaica) Deputy President; Jamaican Senate (Jamaica); Dr. William Thompson (Bahamas), President; The Bahamas National Baptist Missionary & Educational Convention, Bernard Weatherhead (Barbados); Chairman, The Sun Group, Rohan Marley (Jamaica); Chairman, Marley Coffee and Wayne Messam (Jamaica), Mayor, City of Miramar.

The following distinguished group of private and public sector leaders are serving as Honorary Co-Chairs: Dr. Carmel Barrau, CEO, Unihealth of South Fla., Inc.; Pauline Grant, Interim CEO, Broward Health; Johnson Napoleon, president, Azure College, and H. Ricardo Treco, Consul General, Bahamas Consulate General.

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Excellence Black-Tie Gala will recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of 29 individuals and five organizations. The honorees are in four categories: Pinnacle, Distinguished Achievers, Rising Stars and Organizations, and the honorees were chosen from throughout South Florida and the Caribbean.  Dr. Nelson Adams, local healthcare, business and civic leader will serve as Master of Ceremony.

Due to the devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew in parts of the Caribbean, ICABA® is working in partnership with the Haitian Physicians Abroad, Florida Chapter (AMHE) and the Bob Marley Foundation, to raise disaster relief funds for Haiti and the Bahamas. At the Gala, a direct appeal for donations to support disaster relief will be made to the attendees. As a result, 100% of all proceeds raised from the appeal will be donated to recovery efforts.

Dr. Carmel Barrau, president of AMHE says, “We are pleased and appreciative that ICABA® is utilizing its event to support disaster relief efforts. It is incumbent that we leverage our collective resources to support our community and that is what ICABA® is all about.”

“The ICABA® salutes Caribbean Excellence exemplifies a key purpose of ICABA®,” said Jerome Hutchinson, Jr., ICABA Founder and Chief Servant

Officer. “The ICABA® Salutes Caribbean Excellence Black-Tie Gala provides accomplished professionals and entrepreneurs of color with well-deserved recognition and assists them in establishing ongoing relationships to enhance their career, business and lifestyle.

ICABA®’s mission is to build wealth in communities of color that will empower these communities to thrive and be more self-determining by leveraging their collective resources. The Salute will leverage and activate the collective resources of the honorees and those in attendance to assist the disaster relief efforts in the Caribbean.”

Contact Jerome Hutchinson, Jr. at or call (954) 551-5614 or for more information: and

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