Sen. Hamilton recognizes Caribbean-American achievers

State Sen. Jesse Hamilton (D–Crown Heights) with Rising Star award recipient and 1010 Wins radio anchor Stephanie Officer at his award ceremony at Glady’s Jerk Center in Prospect Lefferts Gardens on July 12.
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State Sen. Jesse Hamilton (D–Crown Heights) honored several outstanding Caribbean-Americans with his Rising Star awards at his “A Taste of the Caribbean” event on July 12. The state pol presented 11 individuals of various Caribbean backgrounds with the award, which acknowledges people from the region who have done outstanding work in their communities.

The rising stars were comedienne Kerry Coddett, union organizer, Winall Longdon, vice president of external affairs at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, Renee Hastick-Motes, owner of Brooklyn Blend, Keishon Warren, founder of women and girls empowerment T.A.L.L.O.M., Amarimba L. Charles, 1010 Wins radio anchor, Stefanie Officer, founder of Oba Events, Oba Stephens, founder of Auntie Wendy’s Food Catering, Wendy M. Regisford, marketer and outreach coordinator at Bridging Access to Care, Spencer Casseus, and founder of Caribbean American Pride, Ethel Felix.

Sen. Hamilton presented the owner of Brooklyn Blend, Keishon Warren with a Rising Star award at his ceremony recognizing Caribbean Americans.
Greg Ingram

And the recipient of the standout award — the Shining Star — was social worker for District Council 37, Tessa Hackett-Vieira.

Also in attendance were members of the Artistic Movement Collective, performers from Girl Be Heard and Q City Sounds. Soca artist Denise Belfon, who performed for guest, was also presented with a proclamation by Sen. Hamilton.

Soca artist Denise Belfon was also at the event and performed a few songs. The senator presented her with a proclamation.
Greg Ingram

Reach reporter Alexandra Simon at (718) 260–8310 or e-mail her at asimo[email protected]local.com. Follow her on Twitter @AS1mon.

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