Caribbean Life Impact Award honoree Margarette Tropnas poses at the annual gala at Paradise Caterers in Brooklyn on Nov. 16.
Photo by Jordan Rathkopf
The brightest and most influential in the Caribbean community were celebrated at the annual Caribbean Life Impact awards at Paradise Caterers in Brooklyn on Nov. 16.
The gala celebrated 29 Caribbean-Americans for their contributions and dutiful services to the city and their communities locally and abroad. Several of them hold titles in industries such as education, entertainment, business, hospitality, finance, and many more. For some recipients of the award, being recognized for their efforts in the presence of other distinguished honorees was moving and emotional.
“It was already surprising when I learned that I was being honored, but when I got here and saw the magnitude of the event and saw other people being honored — it tore me up a little bit,” said Chef Wenford Patrick Simpson. “To be among other influential people it was great.”
Many honorees hailed from Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago — some of them immigrating to the states and achieving personal successes.
Simpson, who is from Jamaica and the executive chef at B.B. Kings Blue Club and Grill is currently working towards building a culinary school for Jamaican youth.
“It actually makes me feel good to know that someone recognizes the difference that I’m trying to make,” he said. “For me and I think many of the other honorees, we’re doing this because we think it is right and it is what we need to do — to be role models for the future,” he said.