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President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the New York-based Royal Caribbean Bakery and Caribbean Food Delights, Vincent HoSang, is the recipient of the inaugural Commonwealth Award presented by the St. George’s Society of New York.
The Jamaican-born entrepreneur, whose generosity and philanthropy has helped many institutions expand and students excel, was presented with the medal by His Royal Highness, the Duke of Gloucester, Patron of St. George’s Society, during a luncheon ceremony last Friday (December 10) at the Metropolitan Club in midtown Manhattan.
Mr. HoSang, who was born in St. James, is the first recipient of the award, which the Society instituted last spring to recognise the growing contributions of the Commonwealth immigrant population in New York City.
He was nominated by Jamaica’s Consul General to New York, Hon. Dr. Geneive Brown-Metzger, who is a member of the St. George’s Society Advisory Council.
The Consul General, who brought greetings and congratulations from Jamaica’s Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, said when the members read Mr. HoSang’s dossier, the decision was unanimous to give him the award over the other nominees.
“Mr. HoSang epitomises the essentials of entrepreneurship-vision, courage, commitment and risk-taking. He presides over a business enterprise that dwarfs the small grocery shop in which he grew up in rural Jamaica. and in a deeper sense, his present success is the result of values planted in those humble beginnings,” she told the audience of about 400 persons.
In addition to his entrepreneurship, Mr. HoSang strongly believes in giving back to society and through the Vincent HoSang Family Foundation, thousands of dollars are awarded each year for student scholarships. The Foundation has made significant donations to the University of the West Indies and other institutions and community groups.
Mr. HoSang has purchased a state-of-the-art medical bus to bring services to Jamaica’s rural poor and supports Jamaican high school athletes competing in the annual Penn Relays in Philadelphia.
Mr. HoSang, who accepted the award with his customary modesty, said he is proud and honoured to be selected as the first recipient. “I’ve been given awards before, but it was always with a group of other people. This time it’s just me,” he joked.
The St. George’s Society is a non-denominational mission founded in 1770 to help people of British and Commonwealth background or heritage.