Captains of Industry Celebration Honors Caribbean Achievers and Raises Funds for Hurricane Victims
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The Caribbean American Cultural Arts Foundation celebrated a distinguished list of honorees at the first annual Captains of Industry Celebration at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta on Saturday, June 23, 2018. The fundraising gala, hosted by Chubb Rock, was a very elegant affair. The vitality, culture, and elegance of the Caribbean was on full display upon entering the Four Seasons to the strains of steel-pan music while moko-jumbies and girls in Carnival costumes danced. It was a lively entrance to what proved to be an exciting evening celebrating Caribbean culture and excellence.
Patrons walked into the tastefully decorated ball room and were welcomed to the strains of music from young violinist, Omar Byran. Honorees were introduced to the crowd ,walking behind the vibrant performers from the Atlanta Junkanoo Band. From there, it was a constant flow of edutainment including an address from the Bahamian Tourism Board. All proceeds were to benefit post-hurricane recovery efforts in the Caribbean, as well as, supported educational mentorship programs for deserving young people. The Captains of Industry Celebration honored the achievements of influencers who have made their mark in business and a difference in the lives of people throughout the Caribbean. The inaugural class of honorees included:
- Egbert L. J. Perry, Chairman & CEO, The Integral Group
- Alrene Richards-Barr, Dir. of Int’l Business, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
- Yvette Thomas-Henry, General Manager, Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta
- Andrew R. Davis, Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Coca-Cola
- Erika Y. Mitchell, Atlanta Board of Education District 5
- Simone Edwards, Author & The First Caribbean WNBA Player
In addition to an outstanding list of honorees, the Caribbean American Cultural Arts Foundation highlighted the works of community advocates with the “Champions of the Community” awards. They represented a heroic group of organizations that have served as first responders to those severely impacted by the devastating storms.
Photography by: Walter Drayton of Walter Drayton Photography
MISSION: To elevate the brand of Caribbean culture in the fields of MUSIC, BUSINESS and the ARTS by celebrating the work of cultural ambassadors while advocating for upcoming Caribbean talent1.