University of the West Indies to benefit from annual Legacy Awards Gala

Everyday folks and VIPs will be making their commitment to higher education in the Caribbean this month by taking part in the annual Legacy Awards Gala, presented by the American Foundation for The University of the West Indies.

Proceeds from the 17th annual black tie event — scheduled for Jan. 29 at The Pierre Hotel in Manhattan — benefit the Caribbean-wide university system, which boasts Nobel Prize winners and heads of state among its alumni and successfully prepares hundreds of graduates annually.

An anticipated feature of the gala will be the Legacy Awards presentation to distinguished individuals.

Multiple Grammy Award-winning opera singer Jessye Norman is the 2014 recipient of the “Bob Marley Award,”

presented to individuals “whose contribution to the advancement of arts and culture transcends boundaries of race, color, creed and geographies.”

Recipients of this year’s Caribbean Luminary Award are Gail Brathwaite, formerly executive vice president and chief operating officer of New Alliance Bancshares Inc. and the current executive vice president of Bankwell Financial Group and Bankwell Bank in New Caanan, Conn.; Haitian-American couture jewelry designer Michelle Elie; and Dr. Velma Scantlebury-White, the first African-American female transplant surgeon in the U.S.

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