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The city of Hartford in Connecticut and the West Indian Foundation have recognised two outstanding Jamaicans, Byron Lee for his 50 years of contribution to Caribbean music, and renowned surgeon, Dr. Lenworth Jacobs.
They were honoured on Saturday, October 14, at the 28th Annual West Indian Foundation Scholarship and Awards Gala, held at the Connecticut Convention Centre in Hartford.
In a citation read by Councilwoman, Veronica Airy-Wilson of the Hartford City Council, Mr. Lee was commended for his outstanding contribution in promoting Caribbean and Jamaican music for over 50 years.
Mr. Lee was also recognised as an outstanding musical entertainer. October 14 was declared Byron Lee Day in the State of Connecticut.
Jamaica’s Consul-General to New York, Dr. Basil K. Bryan in presenting Dr. Jacobs with his special award, noted that he was a trailblazer and a pioneer in the medical field, specializing in Emergency Medicine.
He pointed out that Dr. Jacobs was instrumental in the design and implementation of the Life Star Emergency Programme and in the development of a national model for healthcare response to terrorism activities.
Dr. Jacobs is Chairman of the combined adult paediatric trauma programme at the Hartford Hospital and Connecticut Children’s Medical Centre.
The West Indian Foundation also presented the Migrant Farm Worker Memorial Scholarship to Lovelyn Bogle; the Marcus Garvey Scholarship to Kathtrina Chin, and the West Indian Club Scholarship to Andrew Mitchell.
Over 900 well wishers attended the gala. It is estimated that more than 70,000 Caribbean nationals reside in the State of Connecticut, with Jamaicans representing the largest amount.