The Gleaner, North American July -07, 2022

10 CARIBBEAN AMERICAN CULTURAL ARTS FOUNDATION CONNECT. INFORM. EDUCATE Caribbean-American Cultural Arts Foundation (CACAF) is a national organization, based in Atlanta, Georgia. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of cultural arts programs and educational mentorship with a focus on the study, advancement, and presentation of Caribbean arts, culture, and humanities. 1185 Hightower Trail, #501383 Atlanta, GA 31150 e. t. 404.806.9053 w. Donations welcomed! ATLANTA: T HE CARIBBEAN American Cultural Arts Foundation (CACAF) honoured nine captains of industry during a glamorous and exciting gala at the Four Seasons Hotel – Atlanta, on Sunday, June 26. The event, which was complete with a VIP reception, Caribbean Stilt performers and a Junkanoo band, celebrated the achievements of some of Atlanta’s most respected and outstanding Caribbean American leaders. Among them were: Aisha ‘Pinky, Cole, founder and owner of the Slutty Vegan ATL; Ann-Marie Campbell, EVP of The Home Depot; Balram Bheodari, general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport; Darwin Newton, head of operations, Siemens Corporation; Jamil Jude, creative director of Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theater; Astra Armbrister-Rolle, former Bahamas consul general – Atlanta; Saurel Quettan, former president – Georgia/Haitian American Chamber of Commerce; Dr David Panton, president, Panton Equity; and Rep Pedro Marin (GA-96). Highlights from the evening included themoment honoree Pinky Cole addressed attendees and told them that she was proud of her Jamaican heritage and proud of her Jamaican mom. In accepting the award, Cole described the day that she was born as the day that her Jamaican father was sentenced to prison and was later deported to Jamaica. She said that she still achieved all that her parents had hoped for her to achieve when they came to the United States. Cole said: “I am my parents wildest dreams.” Har t s f i e ld-Jackson At l anta International Airport General Manager Balram Bheodari, who was also honoured at the event, touted his vision of leadership at the airport. Bheodari said Some of the attendees at the CACAF gala event held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 26. CONTRIBUTED Pinky Cole shows off her award at the podium. CONTRIBUTED HONOURS CARIBBEAN AMERICAN EXCELLENCE TO CLOSE OUT CARIBBEAN AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH PLEASE SEE AWARDS, 11 THE WEEKLY GLEANER | JULY 7 - AUGUST 6, 2022 | | ADVERTISEMENT