USA | Apr 17, 2023

AFUWI Celebrates Distinguished Honorees, Showcases Renowned Entertainers, and Focuses on Increased Access to Higher Education

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Excitement abounds as AFUWI prepares to bestow awards on 6 distinguished honorees at its 26th Annual “The Legacy Continues” Awards Gala on Thursday, April 20, 2023, at .583 Park Avenue (@63rd Street) in New York City, 6:30 – 10:00 pm. 

AFUWI is a principal link between The University of the West Indies (UWI) and the organizations, individuals and corporations who support the event will also celebrate UWI’s 75th anniversary year as the Caribbean Region’s leading global educational system.

AFUWI will present coveted awards to Dr. The Hon. Mark Brantley, Premier of Nevis, who will receive the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in International Government and Leadership; Hazel Carter, PhD, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at The City College of New York will receive The UWIAA Pelican Award, Dr. Farley Cleghorn, Global Head, Health Practice for The Palladium Group will receive the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Global Health Research and Delivery; Ms. Sandra Richards, Head of Global Sports and Entertainment Division at Morgan Stanley will receive The Caribbean Luminary Award, Mr. Robert “Don Pooh” Cummins, Owner, Brooklyn Chop House will receive the Trailblazer Award for Entrepreneurship and Community Engagement and Mrs. Beverly Hunter, Senior Administrative Officer at The University of the West Indies will receive the Pathfinder Award for Dedicated Service in the Advancement of Higher Education.

Dr. The Hon. Mark Brantley, Premier of Nevis

This year’s Gala boasts an equally impressive entertainment lineup including MuMu Fresh, a GRAMMY-Nominated, Indigenous Music award-winning Musical Ambassador for the US State Department, Steppaz Band, a popular New York City Reggae Band, Sesame Flyers International, an esteemed performing arts group dedicated to preserving the culture and artistry of the global Caribbean community and Freddy Harris, a renowned Steel-pan player.

The AFUWI Gala is the primary fundraising vehicle for the scholarship program for needy students at UWI. An average of 50 scholarships are awarded to exceptional students each year. Over the past ten years, our Foundation has provided approximately 600 tuition scholarships to students across the Caribbean region and brokered multiple relationships with other tier-one institutions. Unfortunately, in the past two years, the demands from our deserving students for support have doubled due to the global pandemic. AFUWI is committed to answering the call for help and we are inviting our friends and supporters to #donatetoeducate. Tables and tickets can be purchased at

AFUWI Annual Awards Gala 2023

AFUWI is a 501 (c)3 charitable non-profit organization and all donations in cash or kind are tax-deductible to the full extent of state and federal laws



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