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The LOOP to Host its Second Annual Caribbean American Heritage Month Celebration Featuring a Month-Long Series of Festivities Throughout June

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Embrace the rhythm of the Caribbean this June as The LOOP Fort Lauderdale Beach proudly presents the Second Annual Caribbean American Heritage Month Celebration, presented by the City of Fort Lauderdale Beach Business Improvement District.

Since 2006, June has been officially recognized as National Caribbean American Heritage Month, a time to honor Caribbean Americans’ vibrant culture and enduring contributions to the fabric of American society. In 2023, the City of Fort Lauderdale honored The LOOP with a proclamation, cementing June as Caribbean American Heritage Month in the city.

Rooted in The LOOP’s commitment to engagement and its mission to provide an “Infinite Experience for Everyone Under the Sun,” the celebration at Las Olas Oceanside Park promises a colorful showcase of Caribbean culture through food, art, music and entertainment.

Free and open to all ages, all festivities will unfold during the weekend MKT, which takes place every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

FOOD – A Taste of the Caribbean

Soul-warming and deep-flavored Caribbean food is comfort at its finest. Step into a world of vibrant flavors and culturally influenced dishes from Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica and more as The LOOP dishes out the tasty side of islands with live cooking demonstrations and samplings every Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The LOOP to Host its Second Annual Caribbean American Heritage Month Celebration Featuring a Month-Long Series of Festivities Throughout June
The LOOP to Host its Second Annual Caribbean American Heritage Month Celebration Featuring a Month-Long Series of Festivities Throughout June

ARTIST SHOWCASE – The Colors of the Islands

In addition to the local artisans showcasing at the weekend market, visual and performance artists wishing to share their works as part of a pop-up gallery on Sunday, June 30, are invited to submit samples of their work online through May 17 at https://theloopflb.com/cahm-call-for-artists/.

The LOOP to Host its Second Annual Caribbean American Heritage Month Celebration Featuring a Month-Long Series of Festivities Throughout June

MUSIC – Island Vibes 

The LOOP to Host its Second Annual Caribbean American Heritage Month Celebration Featuring a Month-Long Series of Festivities Throughout June

Music and dance lie at the heart of Caribbean culture and throughout June the air will pulse with the infectious rhythms of Calypso, Reggae, Soca, Salsa, Merengue and Dancehall. Every Saturday from 12 to 3 p.m., guests will embark on a musical journey, each dedicated to celebrating the richness of a different Caribbean nation. 

  • June 1: Dillard Center for the Arts – spotlight Haiti
  • June 8: Sabor Latino – spotlight Puerto Rico
  • June 15: Oriente Quartet – spotlight Cuba
  • June 22: Pan Paradise – spotlight Trinidad & Tobago and The Bahamas
  • June 29: Paul Anthony & The Reggae Souljahs – spotlight Jamaica

Reggae Sundays, hosted by the legendary Tanto Irie, beckon locals and visitors to bask in the sun, wander the Sunday market and sway to live bands and DJs. This weekly celebration epitomizes the fusion of culture, community and Caribbean vibes against the breathtaking backdrop of Fort Lauderdale Beach.

The LOOP to Host its Second Annual Caribbean American Heritage Month Celebration Featuring a Month-Long Series of Festivities Throughout June

ENTERTAINMENT—Two special activities will round out the month-long celebration at Las Olas Oceanside Park, adding to the excitement.

  • June 8 — One Love. One Ocean. From 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., make waves for a cleaner, healthier planetduring the monthly Second Saturday Beach Clean Up. Hosted with the City of Fort Lauderdale and volunteer organization Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep/Beach Sweep America, the One Love, One Ocean Clean Up aims to safeguard the ocean—the vital conduit that connects the Caribbean and U.S. Free supplies and complimentary parking will be provided. Register to attend at https://theloopflb.com/events/one-love-one-ocean
  • June 28 — Gather under the stars for a screening of “Cool Runnings,” the true story of four Jamaican bobsledders who dream of competing in the Winter Olympics despite never having seen snow. With the help of a disgraced former champion desperate to redeem himself, the Jamaicans set out to become worthy of Olympic selection and go all out for glory. Free. Showtime, 8:00 p.m.

Where:

Las Olas Oceanside Park: 3000 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

The most convenient place to park is the Las Olas Beach Parking Garage, where the PayByPhone payment option is available. Parking can be extended from anywhere using the mobile PayByPhone App.

Cost:

The LOOP’s events are free and open to the public.

How:

For more information, please visit theloopflb.com/events/cahm2024


About The LOOP

A cornerstone of activity, The LOOP (Las Olas Oceanside Park) is the central hub of the $65 million four-park system at the heart of Fort Lauderdale Beach. The public greenspaces, including the Intracoastal Promenade, Las Olas Beach Garage Sunset Terrace, and DC Alexander Park, aim to provide infinite experiences for everyone under the sun and year-round activity in Fort Lauderdale’s oceanfront backyard. Through its four pillars, “FAME,” The LOOP offers a variety of special events, activities, and unique local experiences for all, including free concerts, holiday happenings, farmer’s markets, community workouts, and more.

For more information, visit theloopflb.com or contact [email protected]. Follow The LOOP on Facebook at www.facebook.com/theloopflb and Instagram at www.instagram.com/theloopflb/.

About Tanto Irie

Celebrating 20 years as the DJ Host of Reggae Runnins on HOT 105 FM, Tanto Irie (‘The Irie One’) hosts the #1 reggae show on South Florida’s #1 radio station for three hours every Saturday night from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. The show, Reggae Runnins, a staple in the South Florida community, is the brainchild of L. Anthony Garrick, aka Tanto Irie, whose origin is deeply rooted in the musical tradition and cultural heritage derived from the indigenous music of Jamaica, REGGAE.

Tanto’s listeners look forward to tuning in as he updates them on the latest music featuring interviews with the hottest artists and legendary veterans the likes of Beres Hammond, Buju Banton, Sanchez, Morgan Heritage, the Marley Brothers, Cocoa Tea, Taurus Riley, Mikey Spice, Shaggy, Gyptian, Beenie Man and many others who create reggae music that continues to inspire and entertain people from all walks of life.

FFTP and World Food Program USA Launch Partnership for Latin America and the Caribbean

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World Food Program USA and Food For The Poor (FFTP) announced a partnership to support the United Nations World Food Programme’s work in Latin America and the Caribbean. Present for the announcement on Thursday at the World Food Program’s office in El Salvador were, left to right, Katie Siahkoohi, World Food Program USA’s Senior Manager of Institutional Partnerships; Barron Segar, President and CEO, World Food Program USA; Ed Raine, FFTP President/CEO; Riz Lohdi, Country Director, World Food Program El Salvador; Jodi Benson, Executive Committee, Board of Directors, World Food Program USA; Soledad Santos, Private Sector Partnerships Lead, WFP Regional Bureau of Panama; and Cesar Guevara, FFTP Director of Partnerships. Photo courtesy World Food Program USA

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (April 18, 2024) – World Food Program USA and Food For The Poor (FFTP) are pleased to announce a partnership to support the United Nations World Food Programme’s work in Latin America and the Caribbean.  

Under this partnership, the first grant will be a pivotal $2 million from Food For The Poor to pilot a project in support of the U.N. World Food Programme’s school meals and nutrition work in El Salvador.  

This first-of-its-kind collaboration will support a nutritional intervention that starts on the farm, strengthening the value chain of local small-scale grain producers to make Biofortik, an iron-fortified nutritional supplement, building capacity and technical skills at the local Biofortik plant, and improving healthy eating habits in schools.  

The partnership brings together the shared values and deep experience of these organizations in the region to improve the health and educational potential of hundreds of thousands of students in El Salvador.  

“This is a particularly exciting project,” said Barron Segar, President and CEO of World Food Program USA. “School feeding is a multisectoral game changer that has proven over decades to improve children’s education, health, and nutrition. We welcome the opportunity to come together with Food For The Poor to positively impact El Salvador’s children and wider communities.”  

Segar continued, “Innovative school meals programs like this can support an entire community by providing an important safety net, strengthening whole food systems, and growing economies in a sustainable way that benefits all.” 

FFTP President/CEO Ed Raine said the project in El Salvador will be the first of what is envisioned as a regional partnership with World Food Program USA. 

“The significance of partnerships in combating poverty cannot be overstated. By leveraging our shared values and extensive experience, this collaboration epitomizes the collective strength necessary to effect real change,” Raine said. “Together, we will elevate the well-being and future opportunities of El Salvador’s children and broader communities.” 

The U.N. World Food Programme is the world’s largest provider of school meals, working with communities, governments, and private sector partners to jointly ensure that all primary schoolchildren have access to good quality meals in schools. This grant will benefit around 420,000 students and support around 500 small corn and sorghum producers in western El Salvador to improve crop production quantity and quality, and to commercialize their production at the local Biofortik production plant. 

“The World Food Programme in El Salvador is excited to be the first recipient of support under the newly launched partnership with Food For The Poor and World Food Program USA to improve food security including through school feeding programs, which is a gateway to a better, healthier, and more prosperous future. Safe and nutritious food served in school is one of the best ways of strengthening social protection and is a catalyst for sustainable development – good nutrition is essential for good education,” said Riaz Lodhi, WFP Country Director in El Salvador. 

While El Salvador has improved its food security in recent years, it still faces several challenges, including limited access to food and nutrition, limited job opportunities, and low incomes.  

The U.N. World Food Programme has been working in the country for more than five decades to ensure that all Salvadorans have equal and adequate food and nutrition. WFP’s strategy strengthens food systems by enhancing food production, local consumption, and access to markets that offer healthy products in partnership with the private sector.  

This innovative new partnership will be crucial to helping to meet these goals and improve access to high-quality nutritious foods in schools while building up local economies.  

Since 1996, FFTP has worked in El Salvador through several partners, including New Horizons For The Poor Foundation, Fundación Salvadoreña para la Salud (Salvadorian Foundation for Health), FEPADE (the nonprofit Salvadoran Business Foundation for Educational Development), Ayúdame a Vivir, and Acceso. 

In 2023, FFTP built 70 homes in El Salvador, for a total of 989 homes since inception, providing families living in poverty with safe shelter. The charity also provided more than 3 million meals for needy families in El Salvador in 2023. 


About World Food Program USA 

World Food Program USA, a 501(c)(3) organization based in Washington, D.C., proudly supports the mission of the United Nations World Food Programme by mobilizing American policymakers, businesses, and individuals to advance the global movement to end hunger. Our leadership and support help to bolster an enduring American legacy of feeding families in need around the world. To learn more about World Food Program USA’s mission, please visit wfpusa.org/mission-history

About Food For The Poor 

Food For The Poor, one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the nation, does much more than feed millions of hungry children and families living in poverty primarily in 17 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, water, medicine, educational materials, homes, support for vulnerable children, care for the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance. For more information, please visit foodforthepoor.org

Christopher Zacca, CD, JP, BSc, MBA and Courtney Campbell, MBA, ACIB, BSc, JP to be honored with the International Achievement Award in Miami, FL

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Christopher Martin performs for a captivated audience at the 2023 AFJ Jamaica Charity Gala

Miami, FL, February 27, 2024 – The American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) has announced the 2024 Jamaica Charity Gala, which will be held on Saturday, May 4th at Loews Coral Gables Hotel in Miami, FL. This year’s Gala will celebrate awardees: Mr. Christopher Zacca, International Achievement Award and Mr. Courtney Campbell, International Achievement Award.

Christopher Zacca is a prominent Jamaican business leader with a wealth of business and management experience in both the public and private sectors, spanning over three decades. He is currently the President and CEO of Sagicor Group Jamaica, which has operations in Jamaica, The Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, and Panama, and is Chairman of the Board of the Sagicor Jamaica Foundation, a registered charity that plays a significant role in supporting health and education initiatives. His commitment to public service is evident in the multifaceted public sector roles he has played throughout his career.

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He has served as a special advisor to the Prime Minister and is a former Chairman of the Development Bank of Jamaica, and the National Health Fund, as well as a former Board Director of numerous State Agencies. Prior to leading Sagicor Group Jamaica, he held senior leadership positions and left an enduring mark at esteemed companies such as Red Stripe, the ATL Group, the Jamaica Observer, and the former national airline, Air Jamaica. He has also previously held board positions at a number of private companies including the ATL Group, Sandals Resorts, Air Jamaica, the Jamaica Observer Newspaper, and Nasdaq listed Playa Hotels and Resorts.

Courtney Campbell is President and Chief Executive Officer of VM Group Limited and VM Financial Group Limited, whose operations extend from Jamaica to other Caribbean territories and major financial districts in North America and Europe. Before joining VM Group, Mr. Campbell had already established an impressive record of success in several senior executive roles, including that of CEO of GraceKennedy Financial Group. He also spent over 23 years with the National Commercial Bank, serving in various leadership positions, including Head of the Retail Banking Division and other roles instrumental to the bank’s success.

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Mr. Campbell is a passionate advocate for financial inclusion and gives purposeful service as a Corporate Champion for the UWI STAT, Mona Campus, and serves on the Governor-General Jamaica Trust as well as the Investment Committee of the Council of World Missions. He is also a former Chairman of the National Education Trust (NET), and is the first and current Chairman of the VM Foundation, the philanthropic arm of VM Group.

The 2024 Jamaica Charity Gala is an elegant experience with a silent auction collection and premium entertainment that provides an opportunity to engage with our supporters. The selection of luxury auction items, fine wines, and the three-course meal make the gala one of South Florida’s premier fundraising events to support initiatives in Jamaica. 

Caron Chung, Executive Director of the AFJ states, “The AFJ is pleased to award Mr. Christopher Zacca and Mr. Courtney Campbell with the 2024 International Achievement Award.  Our annual fundraisers offer an opportunity to acknowledge distinguished individuals while connecting a captive audience to our mission. The Gala will be an opportunity to celebrate these two esteemed award recipients.”

For over 40 years, the AFJ has provided well-needed support in education, healthcare, and economic development, which includes programs such as expanding the handheld ultrasound device initiative into 18 hospitals, and other disaster relief responses. Our annual discretionary grant cycle funds an active grant application request process. All proceeds from the 2024 Jamaica Charity Gala will bring vital funds to support programs that advance the mission of the AFJ for Jamaica.

2024 Jamaica Charity Gala tickets are now available. Individual tickets or tables of ten can be purchased on this link 2024 Jamaica Charity Gala. To become a sponsor please contact [email protected] or 212-265-2550. 

About the AFJ 

The AFJ is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit built on the principles of service and philanthropy. For nearly 40 years, the organization has been rendering assistance in the areas of Education, Healthcare, and Economic Development. The AFJ Grant Cycle begins at the end of each year and grants are disbursed in April of the following year. For information on how to purchase tickets or become a sponsor to support our mission for Jamaica, email [email protected] or visit www.theafj.org

This Guyanese-American Commissioner Is Making Miami’s Diversity Her Mission

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City of Miami Chairwoman and District 5 Commissioner Christine King is passionate about serving the public and has been since an early age. She was the first Guyanese American to be elected in the City of Miami and the first woman to be named Chairwoman of the Commission. Her mission for District 5 is for the community to be known for its culture, vibrancy and diversity – not for poverty or crime. With this mission in mind, she is working to make a lasting impression for future District 5 Commissioners to continue her legacy.

Get to know the Commissioner and one of her most beloved initiatives, the Reclaim the Dream Candlelight Memorial and Gospel Concert.

What inspired your interest in politics?

My love of community inspired me to run for office, particularly to become the Miami Commissioner of District Five. I am passionate about serving the public and have been since an early age. I moved to Miami from Guyana when I was only five years old. As an adult, my desire to serve the community led me to become Chief of Constituent Services for a Miami-Dade County Commissioner and later an executive with the Community Action Agency.

Before becoming Commissioner, I served as President and CEO of the Martin Luther King Economic Development Corporation, where I managed meaningful community programs like ‘Wheels to Work’ which addresses transportation hardships for families in need of vehicles to function within their daily lives.

This Guyanese-American Commissioner Is Making Miami’s Diversity Her Mission

What do you consider one of your greatest accomplishments as leader of District Five?

With my District Five team, in a short amount of time, we have been able to accomplish and meet many goals. However, our greatest accomplishments have been through affordable housing initiatives in our District.

While we can’t avoid gentrification in Miami, we can certainly mitigate it. To accomplish this goal, we’re providing homeownership opportunities for first-time homebuyers. It creates generational wealth for families and addresses the issue head-on. Families can realize the American dream now in a housing market that doesn’t contemplate the salary of an average worker in Miami – specifically in District Five.

What is the most valuable piece of advice you’ve received, that you would pass on to the next generation?

You don’t have to accept every invitation to a party – meaning you don’t have to attend every fight you’re invited to.

Who is one of your biggest inspirations?

Aside from my mother, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspires me every day! His dream that all men are created equal and should be treated equal is the essence of my public service. “Every (wo)man can be great because every (wo)man can serve” is a cornerstone of what I live by.

How does your personal life affect your work?

Family means everything to me. We have a philosophy in my District team – family first. Everything I do as a public servant is because of family. My parents are 82 years old; therefore, the seniors in my community are a priority. I’m a mother and therefore programming and services for children is a priority. Everything I do is because of the strong family that I come from. Family first.

What is your favorite traditional childhood meal from your home country?

Curry chicken. My mother makes it the best! It has just the right amount of spice mixed with rice and a side of cucumber. She also makes it with potatoes, which is not typical. As an adult though, since I don’t eat meat anymore, I enjoy a vegetable curry.

Are there any important upcoming projects or developments you’re looking forward to executing in the near future?

Recently, we joined the Liberty City Revitalization Trust and the Department of Housing and Community Development to break ground on a new twin home. This groundbreaking represents the beginning of construction on the first two of ten affordable homes to be built throughout District Five in the coming months. Two local Miami contractors will build the ten homes on City-owned sites that were vacant and expressly selected for affordable homeownership development. Some of the sites will feature twin homes (semi-detached) while others will feature single-family homes.

An application and lottery process was held in late 2023 to establish a pool of potential income-eligible, first-time homebuyers to purchase each of the homes upon completion of construction. This is one of many affordable housing opportunities to come in our District.

The Underdeck is another important legacy project, especially for our District Five. The public space project uses the shade of I-395 highway to create a connective outdoor space. The stretch includes a big portion of the historic Overtown neighborhood. It will evolve into a heritage trail. It was born out of the expressway being built through this community, which almost destroyed it.

We need that space to be beautified as it symbolizes so much. I sit on the Southeast Overtown/Park West CRA board and it’s my job to revitalize the community. Overtown should be known for its culture, vibrancy and diversity!


Commissioner Christine King recently co-hosted the 19th annual Reclaim the Dream Candlelight Memorial and Gospel Concert on April 5, 2024 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida. The event was organized to honor the 56th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Approximately 2,000 people attended the event, including notable figures such as Miami-Dade County Mayor Danielle Levine Cava, City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and Florida State Senator Shevrin Jones.

The Martin Luther King Economic Development Corporation (MLKEDC) hosted the event with the City of Miami Chairwoman, District Five Commissioner Christine King and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Keon Hardemon-District 3. The event had an atmosphere similar to a church service, with speeches and gospel performances that inspired hope and recommitment to continuing the work and highlighted Dr. King’s legacy.

The Florida Memorial University Ambassador Chorale performed first, followed by Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and producer Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Choir, who sang some of his signature songs, including “Grateful.” Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and producer Tamela Mann also had the crowd on their feet with an uplifting melody of her signature songs, including “Take Me To The King.”

The event culminated with a candlelight prayer led by Pastor Gaston Smith. Attendees raised flameless candles overhead, symbolizing the power of small acts to spark change. Martha Whisby-Wells and Martin Luther Wardlaw, backed by the Reclaim the Dream Community Choir, which was composed of representatives from various churches, led the crowd in singing a medley written and arranged by award-winning singer, songwriter and producer Martin Luther Wardlaw and directed by Dr. Argarita Johnson-Palavicini, which included “This Little Light of Mine,” Walk In The Light,” We Are The World,” and “Hold Up The Light,” which was a poignant moment during the event.

The event aimed to celebrate Dr. King’s life and legacy by encapsulating his enduring message of faith, fairness, and justice. Five hundred seniors were bused in to enjoy the event.

Chairwoman Christine King emphasized the event’s role in fostering unity and resilience in facing challenges. She viewed it as an opportunity for individuals to reinvigorate their dedication to the ongoing pursuit of civil rights and a more just society.

Commissioner Keon Hardemon praised the Reclaim The Dream event as a source of unity and inspiration within the community, highlighting its significance in honoring Dr. King’s lasting influence and mobilizing efforts toward justice and equality.

Amina McNeil, the President & CEO of MLKEDC, underscored the ongoing work needed to realize Dr. King’s vision, stressing the importance of proactive initiatives to cultivate a fair and equitable society for all.

For more information about the MLKEDC, please visit their website at mlkmiami.com.

Save the Date for the Reclaim the Dream 20th Anniversary on April 4, 2025. And follow Christine King on instagram.com @iamchristineking to stay connected.

Stylish & Sophisticated Workwear Essentials for Women

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In the world of professional attire, it is essential to balance style and practicality. For women in the workforce, having a wardrobe that reflects both competence and individuality can make all the difference. 

So, let’s dive into the essentials of workwear that blend sophistication with practicality, creating a flawless look for the modern working woman.

Building Your Workwear Wardrobe

When curating your professional wardrobe, quality over quantity matters. Investing in a few key pieces that are versatile and durable can offer endless outfit combinations. 

Essentials like well-fitted blazers, professional tops, dress pants and a selection of work-appropriate dresses form the foundation of a functional workwear wardrobe. 

Not to forget, including elements like workwear for women, which blends traditional professionalism with modern trends, can keep your style fresh and relevant. With the right pieces in your closet, you’ll always be ready to tackle the workday with confidence and style.

Revolutionizing Comfort

Gone are the days when cargo pants were reserved for casual settings. Nowadays, they are making a stylish statement in professional attire. With their practicality and contemporary fit, cargo pants offer women a trendy yet comfy option for workwear. 

These cargo pants come in various colors and styles, allowing you to express your personality while staying comfortable throughout the day. Pair them with a tailored blazer and sleek top for a polished look that is ready for any business meeting. 

Whether you’re running between meetings or sitting at your desk, these versatile pants will keep you feeling confident and at ease.

Stylish & Sophisticated Workwear Essentials for Women

The Quintessential Pieces

  1. Professional Tops

Picking out the ideal top means finding the right balance of color, fabric and fit. Look for blouses made from comfy materials like silk or cotton that let your skin breathe. Neutral colors are a safe bet, but don’t be afraid to spice things up with subtle patterns or a splash of color to show off your personal style.

Consider tops with versatile designs that can easily transition from the office to after-work events. Layering options like cardigans or blazers can add extra warmth and style to your ensemble. With the right top, you’ll feel confident and ready to take on whatever the workday throws your way.

  1. Dress Pants and Skirts

Comfort and fit are key when it comes to selecting bottoms for your professional wardrobe. Dress pants should be nicely tailored for a polished look but still allow you to move freely. Skirts, whether pencil or A-line, should hit just above or at the knee, giving you a classy appearance without compromising on comfort.

Opt for bottoms in versatile colors like black, navy or gray, which can easily be paired with different tops for various looks. Don’t forget to consider the fabric when choosing skirts or pants – lightweight materials like wool blends or polyester are great options for all-day wear. With the right bottoms, you’ll feel comfortable and confident, no matter how busy your day gets.

Stylish & Sophisticated Workwear Essentials for Women
  1. Dresses: The One-and-Done Outfit

Dresses are like magic—they instantly make you look put together with minimal fuss. Shirt dresses, wrap dresses and sheath dresses in simple colors or subtle patterns are perfect for the office. They’re not only easy to dress up or down but also go from desk to dinner without a hitch.

Consider investing in a few versatile dresses that you can mix and match with different accessories to create various looks. Look for dresses made from comfortable fabrics like cotton or jersey that allow you to move freely throughout the day. 

The Finishing Touches: Accessories and Footwear

Accessories should enhance, not overpower, your professional look. A stylish watch, delicate jewelry and a classic handbag can add personality to your outfit while still being suitable for the office. When it comes to shoes, prioritize comfort. Low heels, flats or even fashionable sneakers can be part of your work attire as long as they’re well-kept and comfortable to wear all day.

Don’t forget to choose accessories and footwear that match the tone of your outfit and the workplace environment. Adding these finishing touches will elevate your look and leave you feeling confident and ready to take on the day.

The Final Thoughts

Creating a workwear wardrobe that feels true to your personal style while meeting professional standards doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Always focus on the essentials and choose pieces that offer both style and practicality. In this way, you can build a versatile collection that will take you from the boardroom to after-work engagements with ease. Remember, the best workwear not only looks good but makes you feel good, empowering you to tackle your day with confidence.

5 Essential Tips to be Prepared for the Unexpected While on a Trip

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Be it a solo trip or a group tour, traveling to new places is all about having fun and creating long-lasting memories. You’ll discover new places, meet new people and explore new cultures.

However, the worst thing about traveling is that it is often accompanied by unforeseen circumstances. Imagine losing your passport or having car trouble while in a foreign country. What will you do if you encounter such situations on your trip?

This is why being prepared for the unexpected on trips can help you handle the situation effectively without ruining your trip. So, stick with us for some essential tips to be prepared for the unexpected on the trip.

Pack Emergency Supplies

As we mentioned above, traveling is full of unexpected situations. You never know when you might get physically hurt during your trip. For that reason, having emergency supplies in place is crucial.

Some emergency supplies you should consider packing for your trip include:

  • Bandages
  • Pain relievers
  • Adhesive first-aid tape
  • Some medications
  • Elastic wraps
  • Safety pins, etc.

With these supplies, you can easily manage any injury you get during your trip. Additionally, keep your medical prescription with you in case you need to show it for security checks at the airport.

Keep Emergency Contacts Handy

Another best way to prepare for the unexpected on the trips is to have emergency contacts handy.

Let’s say, if you’re on a road trip in the Bahamas, you never know what you might encounter on the next turn you take. So, if you get involved in a car accident, especially due to someone else’s negligence, you can get help from a Nassau car accident attorney. They will guide you through the legal process and how you can protect your rights. Moreover, skilled car accident attorneys also communicate with insurance companies to help you get the compensation you deserve.

Along with contact details of a car accident lawyer, you should have numbers of local emergency services, the country’s embassy or consulate, and your travel insurance provider in your phone. It’s also a good idea to carry a written list of these contacts in your wallet or travel documents.

So, if you encounter any unforeseen circumstance during your trip, having these numbers readily available can save valuable time and ensure prompt help.

Purchase Travel Insurance

Getting travel insurance is a smart move before any trip. It offers protection in case of unexpected events like trip cancellations, medical emergencies or lost luggage. With travel insurance, you can travel with peace of mind knowing that you’re covered financially in emergencies.

When choosing travel insurance, read the policy details carefully to understand what is covered. Look for coverage that includes medical expenses, emergency evacuation, trip interruptions and baggage loss or delay. Also, it is really important to consider factors like your destination, duration of travel and activities planned to ensure you have adequate coverage.

In case of emergencies abroad, travel insurance provides assistance and support, including access to 24/7 emergency hotlines and coordination of medical services. So, it is a small investment that can save you from significant financial burdens and ensure a smoother travel experience.

Stay Connected

Staying connected while traveling is crucial for safety and peace of mind. Ensure you have a reliable means of communication such as a mobile phone with international roaming or a local SIM card. Keep your phone charged with a portable charger handy.

Install travel safety apps that allow you to share your location with trusted contacts and send alerts in case of emergencies. Share your itinerary and contact details with family or friends back home.

Stay connected to local news and weather updates to stay informed about any potential risks or changes in your destination. Check-in regularly with your travel companions, especially in unfamiliar or crowded places.

By staying connected, you can quickly seek help if needed and stay informed about your surroundings, enhancing your overall travel experience.

Stay Calm and Stay Safe

Last, but not least, it is important to stay calm and stay during your trip to the Bahamas. There’s no point panicking about things as it won’t help you in any way.

Instead, assess the situation calmly, follow any emergency procedures or evacuation protocols, and prioritize your safety and well-being above all else. Remember that help is available, and by staying composed, you can navigate through challenging situations with resilience and determination.

While it is impossible to predict every potential challenge or emergency while traveling, being prepared can significantly mitigate risks and ensure a safer and more enjoyable trip.

By following these essential tips and remaining vigilant, you can better cope with the unexpected and turn potential crises into manageable situations.

Elevate Your Experience: Cannabis Devices Every Modern Consumer Should Know

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Cannabis Devices Every Modern Consumer Should Know

Gone are the days of old-fashioned pipes and homemade contraptions. Today, there’s a wide variety of sophisticated and user-friendly devices that cater to different preferences. From vaporizers to dab rigs, each device offers a unique way to enjoy the benefits of cannabis.

We’ll walk you through the must-know cannabis devices that every modern consumer should be familiar with ahead of 4/20 in the Caribbean. So, buckle up; it’s going to be an exciting ride! This isn’t just about smoking anymore. It’s about experiencing cannabis in the best way possible, with gadgets that cater to every preference and lifestyle. 

Why Upgrade Your Cannabis Devices?

As the world of cannabis evolves, so does the technology surrounding it. Upgrading your devices isn’t just about following trends but enhancing your experience. 

Modern devices offer improved safety features, like temperature control, to prevent burning or overheating. They also provide a more efficient use of your cannabis, ensuring you get the most out of your product. With these advancements, you can enjoy a cleaner, more flavorful experience, whether you’re a casual user or a connoisseur.

Different Types of Cannabis Devices

Dab Rigs

Dab rigs are a go-to for those who love the intense and rich flavors of cannabis concentrates like oils, waxes and shatters. They’re designed to deliver a potent experience, making them a top choice for enthusiasts who prioritize intensity and purity in their sessions.

Let’s talk about some types:

  • Traditional Glass Dab Rigs: They are revered for their classic design and functionality. These rigs typically feature a straightforward setup with a water filtration system that cools and purifies the vapor, making each hit smoother and more enjoyable. The beauty of glass rigs lies in their craftsmanship — each piece is often a work of art, with intricate designs and durable construction. They are perfect for those who appreciate the ritual of dabbing and the aesthetic appeal of their tools.
  • Contemporary Wax Rigs: They represent the evolution of dabbing gear, incorporating modern materials and technology. These rigs might include innovative features such as electronic heating elements, which offer precise temperature control for a perfect dab every time. The designs are sleek and often more portable, catering to users’ needs who prioritize convenience and efficiency without compromising on the quality of their experience.

When buying dab rigs, whether traditional or electric, it’s crucial to purchase from reputable sellers. The quality of your rig directly affects your dabbing experience, from the durability of the device to the purity of the flavor. Look for sellers with good reviews, transparent practices, and a commitment to customer satisfaction. 

Vaporizers

Vaporizers have revolutionized the way people consume marijuana. By heating the marijuana just below combustion, vaporizers produce a vapor rather than smoke. This method is believed to be healthier, as it reduces the inhalation of harmful byproducts created during combustion. Vaporizers come in various shapes and sizes, catering to different needs:

  • Portable Vaporizers: Compact and easy to carry, these devices are perfect for on-the-go use. They can heat both flowers and concentrates, offering versatility.
  • Desktop Vaporizers: These are larger, more powerful units designed for home use.  They often feature advanced temperature controls and can accommodate more significant quantities of marijuana, making them ideal for sharing with friends. 
Cannabis Devices Every Modern Consumer Should Know - Glass bong

Water Pipes and Bongs

Water pipes and bongs are among the most traditional methods of consuming marijuana. They use water to cool and filter the smoke, providing a smoother hit. Bongs come in various materials, including glass, silicone and acrylic, each offering different benefits.

  • Glass Bongs: They are the top choice for many because they give the purest taste. You get to enjoy the real flavor of your herbs without any extra taste. Glass bongs are also pretty to look at and easy to clean with just some water and soap. But you have to be careful because they can break easily if you drop them.
  • Silicone Bongs: If you’re always on the go or a bit clumsy, silicone bongs are your best friend. They are super tough and can handle falls and knocks. Plus, you can even fold them, making them perfect for travel. They are also easy to clean. The only downside is they might not give you as pure of a flavor as glass bongs, but they are still a great choice.
  • Acrylic Bongs: Looking for something that won’t hurt your wallet? Acrylic bongs are the way to go. They are very affordable and come in lots of fun colors and designs. However, they might slightly change the taste of your smoke compared to glass. They are tougher than glass but not as durable as silicone.

Choosing the Right Device for You

Selecting the right cannabis device depends on your personal preferences, needs and budget. Consider what’s important to you: Is it portability? Ease of use? Precision control? 

Also, consider maintenance – some devices require more cleaning and upkeep than others. It’s essential to balance these factors to find a device that fits your lifestyle and enhances your experience.

Remember, choosing the right device is key to elevating your enjoyment and ensuring a smoother, more enjoyable session with your favorite herb. However, it’s crucial to approach marijuana consumption with mindfulness and responsibility. 

Haitian-Born Artist Manuel Mathieu Makes U.S. Debut at MOCA

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Photo by Jeanne Tétreault

Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami Announces Spring Exhibitions and Programming

— On view April 10 through October 6, 2024 —

North Miami, FL – March 11, 2024 – The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA) is pleased to announce its Spring 2024 programming, culminating in the opening of two exhibitions by artist Manuel MathieuWorld Discovered Under Other Skies and Dwelling on the Invisible, which will debut as the Haitian artist’s first, major solo presentation in the U.S. Alongside Mathieu’s works, a group show titled Collection Focus: Light Play, will gather nine contemporary artists from the museum’s permanent collection. The exhibitions will be celebrated during a public opening on Wednesday, April 10.

“We’re thrilled to present these captivating exhibitions to the museum’s community this spring,” said Chana Sheldon, MOCA Executive Director. “Manuel’s artworks are as compelling visually as they are critical in reflecting the complex histories and present realities that exist both globally and here in our own community. Meanwhile, the works on view in Light Play allow us to reintroduce a familiar past with fresh perspectives, offering a unique juxtaposition for reflection and progression. Together, these exhibitions are an invitation to engage in dialogue with these ongoing narratives while progressing toward the future.”

At MOCA, Mathieu’s World Discovered Under Other Skies, which first debuted in 2020 at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto, will be an extended look at the artist’s examination of the long-lasting repercussions of the Haitian revolution and the country’s quest for self-determination. Curated by Amin Alsaden, this presentation offers a reflective journey that is both an educational and emotional experience. Alongside it, Mathieu will also present a brand new body of work titled Dwelling on the Invisible. Curated by MOCA’s Adeze Wilford, this exhibition is an extension of World Discovered Under Other Skies, and offers a variety of recent works, including several large-scale paintings, photography, sculpture, video and mosaic installation. 

Born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Mathieu’s practice is heavily influenced by the recollection of complex histories of his familial homeland. Across his works, Mathieu takes inspiration from Haiti’s global positioning and influence, unearthing the traumas of state violence to address issues that remain as urgent today as they have been throughout history. Pairing the artist’s new striking visual oeuvre, alongside his figurative paintings and ceramics, both shows offer a deeply thoughtful, multimedia view of the intimate lines that run between past, present, personal and political. 

“In bringing this work to North Miami, specifically, my aim is to share my outrage and discomfort along with my hope and desire for change in my family’s homeland,” says Manuel Mathieu. “Grappling with these powerful, contradictory emotions right out in the open, I hope that audiences both locally and globally will feel welcome to confront these lived experiences and shared histories and consider how we’ve contextualized our homeland and reckon with its fractured histories.”

Accompanying Mathieu’s exhibitions, MOCA’s group show, Collection Focus: Light Play, will explore how artists from the museum’s collection engage with light as both a medium and source of inspiration. The exhibition will feature artists Petah CoyneJohn EspinosaR.M. FischerNancy HaynesJulian La VerdiereDennis OppenheimJoan RobeySarah Seager, and Jo Nigoghossian as they jointly bring light to the darkened entrance rooms of the museum, reflecting upon one another and the power of illumination to create and distort perception.

Drawing inspiration from MOCA’s past exhibitions, including Artificial Light, this showcase delves into the many ways artists have manipulated light, emphasizing both its physical and symbolic dimensions in contemporary art and rethinking traditional presentation models. Instead of adhering to a conventional white-cube installation, the show will experiment with low lighting and an open-floor plan to transform the ambiance of the space. This flexibility allows for intriguing juxtapositions, exploring the connections between works such as Dennis Oppenheim’s Gut Birthdays and Sarah Seager’s Song for (  ), both of which are making a comeback to the exhibition floor after years out of the spotlight.

“Understanding the history of this institution and its engagement with artists and exhibition types has been crucial to my engagement with the collection since I arrived in 2022,” said MOCA curator Adeze Wilford. “To be able to focus on the history of MOCA in this exhibition, while building on my own knowledge of the museum through these works—some of which haven’t been on public view for several years—has been really exciting. In many ways, this show will be a reintroduction for myself and for much of MOCA’s intergenerational audience.”

The three exhibitions together will employ various mediums to touch upon a full spectrum of emotional gravity. Where Mathieu’s shows will survey the heavy realities and instabilities of Haiti’s social and political structures in relation to racial and immigrant identities, Light Play greets museum visitors with a playful touch, engaging works that have been dormant for decades and allowing for fresh reinterpretations of the institution’s robust collection.

In conjunction with these exhibitions, MOCA will host various educational and public programs. For more information on MOCA’s upcoming shows and programming, please visit the museum’s website


About Manuel Mathieu

Manuel Mathieu is a multidisciplinary artist based in Montreal. He is best known for his vibrant, colorful paintings, which deftly merge abstraction and figuration. Mathieu suggests that global dynamics can manifest in a single place, with Haiti as the site of his own inquiries. Where he approaches political themes, he does so from a personal perspective, through reflections on solitude, death, survival and desire. He received his BFA from Université du Québec à Montréal and his MFA from Goldsmiths, University of London. Mathieu was an artist in residence at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (2019-20), and the Pamela Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida residency program, Sonoma CA (2019).

Recent solo exhibitions have been held at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (2020); HDM Gallery, Beijing (2019); The Armory Show, New York (2018); Tiwani Contemporary, London (2017); and Institute of Contemporary Art, London (2015). He has participated in numerous group exhibitions held in Canada, the United States, and Europe, including Fondation Phi, Montreal (2020); Pérez Art Museum Miami (2019); Frieze London (2018); Art Basel (2017); and Grand Palais, Paris (2014). Mathieu was one of the artists recognized by the 2020 Sobey Art Award.

About the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami

MOCA North Miami presents contemporary art and its historical influences through exhibitions, educational programs, and collections. Inspired by its surrounding communities, MOCA connects diverse audiences and cultures by providing a welcoming place to encounter new ideas and voices and nurturing a lifelong love of the arts. MOCA developed from the Center of Contemporary Art which was inaugurated in 1981. The establishment of the permanent collection coincided with the institution’s move into its current building designed by Charles Gwathmey of GSNY in 1996. 

Under the direction of Executive Director Chana Sheldon and a newly installed Board of Trustees, MOCA showcased My Name is Maryan curated by Alison Gingeras during Miami Art Week in 2021, which traveled to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in late 2022. The museum also premiered AFRICOBRA: Messages to the People during Art Basel Miami Beach in 2018. AFRICOBRA: Nation Time, the next chapter of the exhibition, was selected as an official Collateral Event of Biennale Arte 2019 in Venice, Italy.

Other original exhibitions include: Jamea Richmond-Edwards: Ancient Future curated by Adeze Wilford(2023), Didier William: Nou Kite Tout Sa Dèyè curated by Erica Moiah James, Ph.D. (2022), Michael Richards: Are You Down? co-curated by Alex Fialho and Melissa Levin (2021), Raul de Nieves: Eternal Return and The Obsidian Heart curated by Risa Puleo (2020), and Alice Rahon: Poetic Invocations curated by Teresa Arcq (2019).

What To Know Before Switching to an Electric Boat Motor

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What To Know Before Switching to an Electric Boat Motor

You love boating, but you’re looking for a way to make it more sustainable and potentially increase your boat’s performance. Electric motors could be the perfect solution! These innovative motors are becoming more and more popular among boaters, and for good reason. If you’re considering the upgrade, read on to learn what to know before switching to an electric boat motor.

Consider the Environmental Benefits

Transitioning to an electric boat motor offers significant environmental benefits, making it an attractive option for eco-conscious boaters like yourself. Electric motors produce no emissions, reduce noise pollution and have a smaller carbon footprint than traditional gasoline-powered engines. By choosing an electric motor, you’re opting for a greener boating experience and contributing to the preservation of your local waterways and marine life.

Get the Right Kind of Battery

The most crucial component of an electric motor is its battery, so you want to do some research on which is best for you. The battery will power your motor and dictate the range and duration of your boating adventures. Therefore, you should select a battery that matches the efficiency and longevity you want for your activities on the water. Consider factors such as charge time, weight and capacity. As you research your options, you’ll want to pay close attention to the difference between lithium and AGM batteries, as these are two of the most popular choices.

Understand Maintenance Requirements

Transitioning to an electric boat motor also means acquainting yourself with its unique maintenance needs. Unlike traditional gasoline engines, electric motors require less frequent maintenance, thanks to fewer moving parts and a simpler mechanical design. However, you’ll still have to regularly inspect and maintain the battery, electrical connections and the motor itself to ensure optimal performance and longevity. Familiarize yourself with the manufacturer’s maintenance guidelines for the motor you want to buy, and know that you’ll need to establish a routine check-up schedule.

Calculate the Cost Implications

Finally, switching to an electric boat motor involves certain cost implications that you should consider. Namely, the initial investment might be higher than it would be for traditional motors, so you want to make sure you have the budget for it. However, the long-term savings on fuel and maintenance can make electric motors an overall more cost-effective choice.

Understanding what to know before switching to an electric boat motor is helpful for making an informed decision that aligns with your boating lifestyle. Take these considerations into account so you can confidently transition to an electric motor and enjoy the waters with quiet efficiency and sustainability.

Eighth Annual Rafe Cochran Golf Classic: Working With FFTP, Golfer Pursues His Passion to Build Schools in Jamaica

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Rafe Cochran, 19, is ready to return to the links for his annual fundraiser in support of Food For The Poor (FFTP). The Eighth Annual Rafe Cochran Golf Classic will be held on Monday, April 29, at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla. This year, proceeds will fund the expansion of a seventh school in Jamaica through FFTP. (Photo/Food For The Poor)

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (March 25, 2024) – With just over a month before the shotgun start, Palm Beach resident Rafe Cochran is laser-focused on his favorite project – the Eighth Annual Rafe Cochran Golf Classic – an event he’s hosted through Food For The Poor (FFTP) since grade school.

Proceeds from the event, which will be held on Monday, April 29, at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., will support much-needed upgrades at the Brompton Primary School in Brompton, Jamaica. This will be the seventh school in Jamaica that Cochran has helped expand.

“The classic is a time when everyone can come together and support a good cause,” Cochran said. “It is really a great day where everyone has a blast. However, most importantly, together we are raising funds to build a school that will educate children in Jamaica for generations to come, which is our main goal.”

Cochran, 19, began playing golf when he was 6. Three years later, after an FFTP representative visited his class, he channeled his passion for golf into becoming one of FFTP’s youngest supporters by raising money to build two homes for families in Ganthier, Haiti. He did it by asking his generous supporters to pledge money for shots he made at a golf tournament – $100 for pars, $200 for birdies, and $250 for eagles.

Since hosting the first Rafe Cochran Golf Classic in 2016, it’s been an annual event, pausing only in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. By age 14, Cochran had raised money to build 10 homes in Haiti and later to build or expand three schools in Jamaica. Last year, he supported the expansion of Innswood High School in St. Catherine Parish, Jamaica.

He’s also had a tremendous impact at FFTP.

“When you look at the history of Rafe’s support of Food For The Poor, you can’t help but be inspired by his consistent dedication and commitment,” FFTP President/CEO Ed Raine said. “He’s an outstanding young man, and we’re privileged that he has chosen to work with us for so many years.”

While working on homes in Haiti was gratifying, Cochran found working on schools in Jamaica to be more rewarding.

“It is really tough to give someone something that will hopefully last forever,” Rafe said. “I really wanted to give something that keeps on giving. I think once someone is educated, it helps that person to get out of the cycle of poverty, which gives them a better opportunity to succeed. To me, when anyone has access to a valuable education, that is golden.”

Sheena McKenzie-Scott, who has been the principal at Brompton Primary School since 2018, also understands the value of education and has high hopes and aspirations for her students.

“I want to have them thinking critically and uplift them, so they don’t have to be unemployed or work on a small farm like many others in their families,” she said. “I want them to think big and aim high.”

Part of Jamaica’s Saint Elizabeth Parish, Brompton is home to more than 3,700 people. Most residents are farmers, while others are skilled tradesmen or public sector workers. More than one third of the students at Brompton Primary School live in poverty and receive assistance through the Program of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), a conditional cash transfer program funded by the Jamaican government and the World Bank. PATH delivers benefits in the form of cash grants to society’s neediest and most vulnerable people.

Brompton Primary School does not have enough space to accommodate its 499 students and is susceptible to flooding in heavy rain. Built primarily of wood, the school is crumbling in disrepair, and substantial structural rot brought on by water intrusion is creating a safety hazard for students and staff.

“The buildings are not safe and could fall apart at any time,” McKenzie-Scott said. “So, I’m praying that we can get the students in a much safer space.”

In addition, one of the school’s buildings is poorly designed. Classes are separated by chalkboards instead of walls, leaving students and their teachers in a distracting and chaotic learning environment.

School officials converted the cafeteria into a classroom, with lunches now being prepared in a cramped space with sparse natural lighting and limited ventilation through the room’s louvered windows. The guidance counselor’s unit is infested with termites and mold, making it unsafe for students and staff.

The project includes the construction of four additional classrooms, an administrative unit and guidance counselor’s office, and a staff restroom.

Although he has yet to have a chance to visit the school, Cochran hopes to do so before he heads off to college this fall. A graduate of Oxbridge High School in West Palm Beach, he’ll be joining the golf team at Emory University in Atlanta.

“It is going to be a new experience,” he said. “Moving away from home and living in Atlanta will be different, but I am excited. I think it is going to be a good chapter.”

Cochran credits his parents, Diahann and Jay Cochran, for supporting him.

“My parents are incredible, and I thank God for them every day,” he said. “They are fully dedicated to my vision, and I think they want the best for me and anything we are a part of. I could not do this without them.”

Cochran has always been an independent thinker, his mother said. She and her husband have always followed his lead, giving him the space and encouragement to pursue his goals. They are proud of his accomplishments.

“I look at Rafe, and I think we did something right as parents by telling him, ‘do not to be a follower, be a leader,’ and I believe he has done that,” Diahann Cochran said. “We are very proud of him because kids might do something for a year or two and then move on to something else. Rafe says he will always do his charity work – it will be part of his legacy. In fact, he has proven his motto to be true: ‘You are never too young to take action and to make a difference.’”

In addition to the excitement of the game, the tournament will include various raffle items, with proceeds going toward the project. To RSVP, donate raffle items, learn about sponsorship opportunities, and for more information, please visit foodforthepoor.org/rafe, email [email protected], or call 888-404-4248.

Food For The Poor, one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the nation, does much more than feed millions of hungry children and families living in poverty primarily in 17 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, water, medicine, educational materials, homes, support for vulnerable children, care for the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance. For more information, please visit foodforthepoor.org.

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