entertained with hit after hit. At first feet gently tapped along to the beats, but when Richards put his spin on Luther Vandross’ So Amazing you could feel the joy in the air – the room erupted. It started to feel like an all-out concert.
Later, the business of the night was at hand. Ernst and Young, FLOW, Jamaica Broilers and NCB were officially added to ‘The Leaders Circle’, before the stage was occupied by the night’s guest speaker, American Ambassador to Jamaica Luis Moreno. His uplifting speech focused on how great a nation Jamaica is, how much greater it could be, and what it would take to get there.
The big winners for the night included: Digicel Foundation, Heart Institute of the Caribbean, Mona Social Services, Rotary Club of Kingston, Sagicor Foundation, Professor Ernest Madu, and Lt Col Victor Beek, who at 93 years young, received a standing ovation.
The President’s Award for contribution to Brand Jamaica went to chairman of the Wisynco Group, William Mahfood, while LASCO’s Lascelles Chin was given a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Recipient of The President’s Award, William Mahfood, is all smiles with his gorgeous family. From left: his wife Frances and daughters Mary Jo and Mia.