Atlanta elite gathered at the luxurious Four Seasons hotel in Atlanta, Ga in honor of Caribbean- American Heritage Month. The fourth floor of the hotel was filled with Caribbean dancers and music as attendees filled the room. During the event, the organization highlighted the achievements of seven honorees and the continuous humanitarian efforts of Ambassador Andrew Young.
Ambassador Young lead the 2019 class of honorees which included; Ivan Shammas, General Manager & General Sales Manager, Telemundo Atlanta, Melissa Proctor, Executive Vice President, and Chief Marketing Officer for the Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena, Rep. Donna McLeod, Georgia House of Representatives,
Jackie Hawthorne, Co-Founder, Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, Nicole Roebuck Warner,
Executive Director, AID Atlanta, Lars Minns, Head of Human Resources, NAFTA Region, Mercedes-Benz USA, Rony Delgarde, Founder & CEO, Global Paint for Charity, Inc.
Former Mayor of Atlanta, Ambassador Andrew Young received the 2019 Marcus Garvey Leadership Award for his work within the Caribbean- American Community. U.S. Virgin Island native and Chairman of CACAF, Michael Thomas, said, “Ambassador Young is an example to us all. He exemplifies what it means to be transformative. He is a man of profound character and deep abiding faith with a constant eye toward improving the lives of people in Africa and across the diaspora. He is a true humanitarian and worthy of every honor.”
The black-tie event included a pre-event VIP reception hosted by event Chairwoman, The Honorable Marva Jacobs, Consul of Guyana to the State of Georgia and the 2019 Master of Ceremonies Jamaican-born Radio Personality & Hip-Hop Star, Chubb Rock. Influential Atlantans hit the red carpet; such as Fox 5 Good Day Atlanta news anchor, Sharon Lawson, and WNBA Champion, Simone Edwards.
Guests also enjoyed a silent auction complete with custom Caribbean artwork, a getaway to an exotic island destination and flights furnished by JetBlue.