The Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) in partnership with the NY Mets celebrated the First Annual Caribbean Heritage Night at Citi Field Stadium on Wednesday, August 10, 2011.
According to Dr. Roy A. Hastick, Sr., CACCI president and founder: “This was a splendid occasion when members of the Caribbean Diaspora came out in large numbers together with friends, family and other Mets fans to have fun and to cheer the NY Amazing Mets as they exhibited good sportsmanship in the home game against the San Diego Padres.”
The consensus was that this was a night filled with laughter, business networking, recognition of the achievements of outstanding individuals of Caribbean Heritage saluting national heroes and sheroes, entertainment, and Caribbean community recognition and the dedicated support of over 37,000 Mets fans which included hundreds of CACCI members and supporters.
The Pre-Game Caribbean Heritage Night Performances on First Base at the Stadium included: musical entertainment by Damage Band, Sheimyrah Mighty of Haiti, presentation behind home plate of Caribbean Heritage Night NY Mets Spirit Awards to the following CACCI member recipients: CACCI board members George Hulse, Vice President of Healthfirst and Dr. Eda F. Harris-Hastick, Faculty member, Medgar Evers College, CUNY; Radio Personality Bob Frederick; Scott and Natasha Nigro, Owners of Nationwide Credit Counseling; Malaak Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz and United Nations NGO -Human Rights Activist; Earl Alleyne Sr., President of All Fours Alliance USA; Donovan Gopie, Writer and Photo Journalist; and Rose Guerrier, president, La V en Rose, Events Planner/Producer.
Also receiving special recognition from CACCI member AARP was Honorable Dr. Una Clarke, the first female of Caribbean Heritage elected to the New York City Council who was recognized for her pioneering and tireless efforts on behalf Caribbean Americans.
According to CACCI board member Lowell Hawthorne, president and CEO of Golden Krust Bakeries and Grill: “This is indeed an historical event for the Chamber. One of the key ingredients that demonstrates success is the ability to forge relationships with other fine organizations and CACCI has achieved this milestone. Congratulations and this achievement.”
The Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. was founded in August, 1985 to provide small businesses with entrepreneurial services and promote opportunities that will yield more sustainable trade and investment between New York, the United States, and the Caribbean