Chairman and Vice President of Caribbean Food Delights, Dr. Vincent Ho-Sang, on Monday, March 13 launched his autobiographical memoir “Change of Fortune” at the Jamaica Consulate General office in midtown Manhattan.
A wide cross section from the Diaspora attended the event despite an impending Nor’easter that threatened the North East, according to the Jamaica Consulate General.
It said the evening event was “ably led” by Master of Ceremonies, Prof. Douglas Lindo, lecturer at the University of the West Indies at the Mona Campus.
The Jamaica Consulate said several dignitaries lauded Ho-Sang on his philanthropy and “sound business practices.”
Among the speakers were Jamaica Consul General, Trudy Deans, who quoted Kahlil Gibran, saying: “You give but little when you give of your possessions; it is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”
Deans said the quote was a befitting description of Ho-Sang, whose generosity to several causes, such as the Father Ho-Lung Missionaries of the Poor, the Annual Independence Ball, Team Jamaica Bickle and providing full scholarships to children in need, was “unparalleled.”
Former Jamaica Consul General Dr. Basil Bryan spoke about Ho-Sang’s “courage to venture out from a small town in Jamaica to the United States, earning $50 per week driving a milk truck and now has earned the respect of everyone who comes in contact with him,” according to the Jamaica Consulate.
Former New York City Councilwoman and Trustee of the City University of New York (CUNY) Board of Directors, Dr. Una Clarke, said her relationship with Ho-Sang is “one which reflects a family bond.”
She said Ho-Sang had supported her when she first ran for the City Council, recalling that she was on Eastern Parkway during the West Indian Day parade in Brooklyn and saw her face on the side of a float “advertised for millions to see, thanks to Dr. Ho-Sang.”
Clarke’s daughter, Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, also spoke via a prerecorded video to congratulate Ho-Sang on his memoir.
Ho-Sang’s daughter, Sabrina Ho-Sang-Jordan, said she was “amazed that everyone came out to celebrate” her dad, despite weather conditions, adding that it demonstrated “how special” he is to everyone.
Ho-Sang expressed “thanks and happiness for everyone who came out to celebrate” with him, according to the Consulate.
More importantly, Ho-Sang thanked God, stating that, many times he was at a crossroads, “and God said, “move on”, giving him the strength to reach for success.