Lifetime Honor for Roy Hastick, Legend in Business

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A major figure in New York’s Caribbean Community, Dr. Roy Hastick, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean-American Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc., CACCI, is being honored for his lifetime of work and contributions to the economic and social development of the City.

Dr. Hastick who launched the Chamber more than a quarter of a century ago and has presided over its rise to considerable influence as an essential organization that encourages the growth of small enterprises and entrepreneurship, especially among people from the Caribbean in the five boroughs is to be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his tireless advocacy of business expansion by Caribbean immigrants. The honor is being bestowed on him by the Society for the Advancement of the Caribbean Diaspora, SACD, a prominent non-profit, tax exempt organization.

“Dr. Hastick was chosen because of his long history of hard work and commitment to the goal of creating opportunities for those interested in establishing an ‘economic foothold’ in the United States and the Caribbean,” said Ms. Minna LaFortune, President of the Society. “His vision and steadfastness, plus his dedication to the success of the Caribbean Diaspora, the Caribbean region and the United States have inspired many of us in the Caribbean community, as well as other immigrant communities. He has earned the Lifetime Achievement the old-fashioned way: he has earned it.”

The honor is being bestowed on Dr. Hastick at the Society’s Third Annual Awards Dinner Gala to be held in the Metcalfe Hall Building, Luntey Commons, at the Brooklyn Downtown Campus of Long Island University, located at Flatbush and Dekalb Avenues, on November 12th. The function begins at 7 p.m.

“Dr. Hastick who will also be the dinner’s keynote speaker didn’t confine his activities to business and the Caribbean community. He has focused much of his attention and directed much of his and the chamber’s energy to children and to people of color wherever they are,” added Ms. LaFortune. “The function is the Society’s major annual fund-raising event and it brings members of our community together in a family friendly and festive atmosphere to meet and honor Caribbean-Americans who have made outstanding contributions to society. A part of the proceeds from this event will go towards the establishment of a scholarship Fund whose resources will be used to assist economically disadvantaged Caribbean-American students.

Ms. Caribbean Queen 2011, Ameena Caesar is to appear at the gala and is scheduled to sing the U.S. national anthem to begin the evening’s program. Other entertainment is to be provided by the New Revalations Dance Theater, Teddy Crawford Experience and the popular DJ Shockwave Sound from one Caribbean Radio.

Guests attending the dinner will receive copies of a special journal. Advertising space is available at reasonable rates. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. “We are drawing attention to our young people, hence the theme, ‘Educating our Youth,’ a matter of keen interest to people everywhere in these difficult economic and social times,” said Ms. LaFortune.

Tickets for the event are still available. The cost of each ticket is $65.00 and can be bought online at

Students with ID can purchase a ticket for $50.00 and will receive a one year free membership with SACD. Tickets can also be bought by calling Ms. LaFortune at  917-771-7935.

Society For The Advancement Of The Caribbean Diaspora (SACD) is a 501c3 non-profit tax exempt organization.  The organization’s mission includes the goal of engaging the communities of the Caribbean Diaspora through the exploration of common interests and concerns, and utilizing collective resources to ensure the welfare and advancement of the Caribbean Diaspora. Activities of the organization include the following: mentoring, networking events, and personal development workshops, cultural events such as, Caribbean Diaspora art & craft exhibitions and film screenings.

The organization’s website

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