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Seventeen persons, including 11 of Jamaican heritage, will be honoured for their contributions and accomplishments, at the 60th Anniversary Gala and Awards Banquet of the West Indies Social Club of Hartford, Connecticut, on Saturday, May 1, at the Hartford Crowne Plaza.
The Jamaicans are Congresswoman Yvette Clarke of New York, Rev.
Dr. Hugh Hamilton, Dr. Lenford Lawes, Earl Whyte, Cecil Weir, Kenneth Bennett, June Archer, Ashley Smith, Ena Williams, Janice Hart and John Allen.
In addition, Hopeton Lewis, renowned vintage reggae and gospel artiste and McCartha ‘Calypso Rose’ Lewis, calypso, soca and gospel artiste, will receive special Lifetime Achievement Awards for their contributions to Caribbean entertainment.
Jamaica’s outgoing Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Anthony Johnson will represent Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, at the event. Former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. P. J. Patterson will deliver the keynote address.
The West Indian Social Club is the oldest running organization of its kind in the United States. It was founded in 1950 by migrant workers who were recruited from the Caribbean to work in the tobacco fields and factories of New England, due to the manpower shortage resulting from World War II. Far from their homes in the Caribbean, the men met frequently to continue their traditions, such as domino and cricket. It was during these friendly gatherings that the idea to form a social and cultural organization evolved.
Shortly after its incorporation, the West Indian Social Club established its home base in Hartford.
The organization has over 200 members, which include 27 living legends who have earned the distinguished status as lifetime members.
Music and entertainment will be provided by the New Release Band, with special performances by Hopeton Lewis and ‘Calypso Rose’.

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