Young and gifted among Jamaican honorees

From left, Jamaica’s Consul General, Herman G. Lamont; Sacha A. Comrie - Future Leader Honoree; Tahira Francis-Future Leader Honoree; Mrs. Paulette Smart-Willoughby-JICFI Chair; Mrs. Sabrina HoSang-Jordan - Future Leader Honoree; Yvonne Biggs Rubie - JICFI Honoree; Paula Williams Madison - JICFI Honoree and Guest Speaker, Erin Lue-Hing-Future Leader Honoree; Marlon Samuda-Future Leader Honoree.

Jamaicans in the diaspora exuded with ethnic pride at the 53rd annual Independence Ball. The premier event held in honor of Jamaica’s Independence in the Northeast U.S.A, inaugurated in fine style at the New York Hilton, New York City, last Saturday.

The Jamaican Independence Celebration Foundation Inc., (JICFI) recognizing “future leaders” debut at this year’s event.

Young and gifted individuals in New York of Jamaican descent were recognized as “Future Leaders.”

Sabrina Ho Sang-Jordan, chief operating officer of her family owned business, Caribbean Food Delights and director of the Vincent HoSang Family Foundation; Erin Lue-Hing, current Future Leader of the Jamaica Diaspora Advisory Board, Northeast U.S.A; Sacha Comrie, litigation, real estate, and family attorney / litigator, daughter of Dr. Millicent and Teddy Comrie; Tahira Francis, financial advisor with Merrill Lynch’s US Global Wealth and Investment Group; Jordan Wright, and Marlon Samuda, burgeoning actor, graduate of New York Film Academy burgeoning actor, now member of Sky Pilot Theatre Company, were honored as Proud and Free Jamaica-53 “Future Leaders.”

Mrs. Paulette Smart Willoughby, chairperson for JICFI asserts: “We have to showcase our people. It’s our duty to recognize the trailblazers; past, present and future leaders who have paved the way for our personal growth and our nation’s advancements.”

Ms. Paula Williams Madison, Chairman and CEO of Madison Media Management LLC., former NBCUniversal executive, journalist, producer of Finding Samuel Lowe: China, Jamaica, Harlem; Ms. Yvonne Biggs Rubie, MPH, Creator of Huggy Bean Doll, photographer and healthcare advocate were awarded for exemplary leadership.

Popular Anchor, Queens Reporter, and TV Talk Show Host of NY1-News and native of Jamaica Ruschell Boone emceed the event.

The Jamaican Independence Celebration Foundation Inc.’s, (JICFI) mantra remains to promote, further, and support selected charities to the benefit of needy communities in Jamaica and here in the United States of America.

From left, Kecia Chin (wife of V.P. Records executive, Randy Chin), Faye Rodney – Carib News Executive, Karl Rodney – Carib News Executive, Mrs. Paulette Smart-Willoughby, Chair JICFI., Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, New York Assemblyman Nick Perry, Dr. Una S.T. Clarke, Paula Williams Madison – Honoree, George Hulse, V.P. External Affairs-HealthFirst.

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