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9/26/2013 - The West Indian American Association of Greater Bridgeport (WIAAGB) will hold its 16th annual Scholarship Banquet on Sept. 28
The West Indian American Association of Greater Bridgeport (WIAAGB) will hold its 16th annual Scholarship Banquet at the Trumbull Marriott on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The evening will entail a full-course dinner, awards and live music by Jah Movement Reggae Band. Community honorees are the Rev. Marjorie Nunes, Suzanne Kachmar and Lennox Cuisine.

WIAAGB Past President Valzie Peterkin shared in her nomination that “Rev. Nunes has been instrumental in the Bridgeport community and her accomplishments include establishing an after school program for needy children, founding an organization to assist folks being foreclosed, serving as a Vice-president for the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport and assisting West Indians through her church in Bridgeport.”

Kachmar is the program director of City Lights Gallery, which presents local, regional and emerging artists to Bridgeport and its visitors. Her nomination was presented by multiple members of WIAAGB.

It was the City Lights Gallery collaboration with WIAAGB that led to the Jerk Fest moving to McLevy Green a few years ago from the Black Rock Arts Center. The gallery hosts various community-based exhibits and events.

WIAAGB member Errol Earle said of his nomination “Lennox Cuisine is a West Indian Restaurant who served as a sponsor for WIAAGB Jerk Fest this past summer. They have also served as a vendor at the Jerk Fest for the past three years.”

The primary purpose of the banquet is to raise money for scholarships for college bound students. Current and past scholarships recipients will be in attendance at the event.