The distinguished Woman of Great Esteem (WGE) Organization will host its 16th Annual Awards Dinner and Gala on Saturday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m. at the Palm House, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.
The evening themed “An Emerald Night in Brooklyn” honors women who, without regard for race, ethnicity, religiosity, gender, age or national origin, develop and advance their communities.
This year’s honorees include Gynecologist/Obsterician Dr. Karlene Chin Quee; former Consul General to New York from Jamaica, Dr. Geneive Brown-Metzger; and attorneys Shari Lee Sugarman who is based in Long Island, New York and Hon. Alix Boyd Knight, Dominica’s current Speaker of the House of Assembly.
Paula Cox, premier of Bermuda and a former Emerald Award recipient, will deliver the keynote address. In addition, Premier Cox will receive this year’s Award of Excellence.
The annual Woman of Great Esteem Emerald Award Ceremony has become a calendar event with persons traveling from across the globe to pay homage to these illustrious and powerful women of great esteem. Broadcaster and journalist Sharon Gordon will host the event.
The red carpet affair begins at 7:00 p.m. with a soiree followed by dinner and the award ceremony at 8:00 p.m. This is followed by live entertainment by the Vision Band with dancing until midnight.
Woman of Great Esteem is the brainchild of Jamaican born, the Rt. Rev. Sylveta Hamilton-Gonzales who in 1995 established the Woman of Great Esteem Emerald Award, as a division of QKingdom Ministries, Inc. It began with a vision to recognize the increasing contributions of women who have excelled beyond normal expectations in a multi-cultural society.
The award is a vehicle used for the empowerment of women, honoring them for their relentless efforts to nurture and serve their communities. More specifically, the institution honors women worldwide for their extraordinary contributions to the advancement of human rights and world peace in today’s society.
To date, the organization has honored more than 140 women from 27 countries, from North America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Bermuda, the Caribbean and Central America.