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Honoree Shelley Worrell and friends at the 2018 Caribbean Life Impact Awards on Nov. 15 at Paradise Catering Hall in Gravesend.
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Ready to go: The Schneps Community News Group’s Caribbean Impact awards await their respective awardees.
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An honor: From left, master of ceremony, Nelson A. King, honoree Vivia Morgan, and SCNG’s classified director, Amanda Tarley, after Morgan received her award during the 2018 Caribbean Life Impact Awards on Thursday.
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Super proud: Schneps Community News Group CEO, Joshua Schneps making remarks at the annual Caribbean Life Impact Awards ceremony.
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Honoree David Heron with his friend Dianne Dixon at the 2018 Caribbean Life Impact Awards on Nov. 15.
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Fresh press: Copies of the beloved Caribbean Life publication at the 2018 Impact Awards.
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Funny times: Motivational speaker Dennis Rahiim Watson, left, entertains the crowd during at the Caribbean Life Impact Awards.
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Happy mom: Impact awadee Marlene Heath with her children at the annual awards gala.
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Too cool: Thrilled honoree Irwine Clare, the managing director of the Caribbean Immigrant Services, Inc., talks to guests after receiving his award.
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He’s got style: Fashion designer honoree Rick Davy, center, with master of ceremony, Nelson A. King, left, and SCNG Classified Director, Amanda Tarley.
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A sweet team: Husband and wife honorees, Khalid Hamid and Shelly Marshall, center, receive their Caribbean Impact awards. Together they run Island Pops — their Caribbean-inspired frozen desserts shop.
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Shaundell Agrippa, center, receives the impact award for Rohan Gittens. Agrippa was also awarded at the event for her committment to her community’s youth.
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Delighted: Awardee Marie Yolanie Toms talks to the crowd at the gala after receiving her award.
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A pioneer: Robert Gordon, center, founder of Caribbean restaurant, accepts his Caribbean Life Impact Award. He opened his first location in 1999 and now runs a total three and supports his community through charitable events.
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Honoree Rickford Burke at the Caribbean Life Impact Awards at Paradise Catering Hall in Gravesend.
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Honoree Karen Crawford-Marcelle is all smiles at the Impact Awards gala.
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Impact Award honoree Vivia Morgan.
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Honoree and author Daniel O’Brien during the Caribbean Life Impact Awards on Nov. 15.
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Honoree Garnes Byron ahead of the Caribbean Life Impact awards gala.
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Husband and wife honorees, Khalid Hamid, left, and Shelly Marshall, center, of Island Pops, at the Caribbean Life Impact awards gala.
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Honoree Daniel O’Brien, center, author of childrens book “The Carnival Prince,” accepts his Caribbean Life Impact award.
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Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams speaks at 2018 Caribbean Life Impact Awards on Nov. 15.
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Hand shake: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams shakes honoree, Rickford Burke’s hand during the gala.
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All in: All of the 2018 Caribbean Life impact award honorees at the gala.
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Honorees smile with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams during the 2018 Caribbean Life Impact Awards on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018.
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Cheese: 36 honorees were celebrated for their standout work for the Caribbean community.
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Honoree Karen Crawford-Marcelle smiles with her Impact award and a certificate at the 2018 gala in Gravesend last Thursday.
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Honoree Shelley Worrell, center, smiles with her Impact Award.
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Honoree Rickford Burke, center, smiles during the 2018 Caribbean Life Impact Awards.
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Impact awardee, Dr. Claudia V. Schrader, poses with her award.
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From left, master of ceremony, Nelson A. King, honoree Glenda Cadogan, center, and her 2018 Impact Award, and 2017 honoree Amarimba Charles.
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Impact awardee David Heron, center, and his award.
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Honoree Marlene Heath’s daughter, watches on during her mother’s acceptance speech at the gala.
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Awardee Marlene Heath, center, smiles after accepting her Impact Award.
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Honoree Marlene Heath talks about receiving the Impact Award.

Caribbean Life and Schneps Community News Group’s, annual Caribbean Impact award gala honored 36 standout Caribbean-American individuals with a stunning ceremony at Paradise Catering Hall on Nov. 15.

The event celebrates people of Caribbean background who have created the most impact in their respective career fields — from the arts, to advocacy, entrepreneurship, and much more. By establishing themselves in these lanes, they’ve helped continue opening the path incoming immigrants and inspiring generations to come.

The awardees were Shaundell Agrippa, Rhonda Binda. Rickford Burke, Garnes Byron, Glenda Codogan, Andrea D. Charles, Irwine G. Clare Sr., Andrew A. Clarke, Michelle Cole, Karen Crawford-Marcelle, Rick Davy, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Jackson Farrell, Eric Girault, Rohan Gittens Robert Gordon, Khalid Hamid, Marlene Heath, Dolores Herbert, David Heron, Aminta Kilawan Narine Esq., Elva Lewis, Shelly Marshall, John P. McQueen, Vivia Morgan, Clive E. Neil, Daniel O’Brien, Roy Reid, Tracey Rousseau, Sanford Rubenstein, Dr. Claudia V, Schrader, Vilma Smith, Marie Yolaine Toms, Tamara Weston, Tiffany Williams, and Shelley Worrell.

This year’s recipients included authors, writers, business shop owners, publicists, actors, musicians, community and religious leaders, journalists, and designers.

Many of the Impact Award recipients have ancestry hailing from all over the Caribbean — specifically Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Virgin Islands.

Reach reporter Alexandra Simon at (718) 260–8310 or e-mail her at asimon@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @AS1mon.
Updated 3:44 pm, November 20, 2018
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