Soca artist Devon “Lyrikal” Martin is set to be honoured for his philanthropic work at the 6th annual Role Models of Distinction Awards and Scholarship Benefit Gala in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of Caribbean American Center of New York (CACNY).
Lyrikal, known for Carnival hits like ‘Cloud 9′, ’25/’, ‘Loner’, ‘Dip and Roll’, has been working tirelessly off stage with various charities and community leaders to help those in need. From leading his own team in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, to going out and feeding the less fortunate, and even spending time at men’s shelters donating freely from his own personal resources.
He has also given a number of free performances for hundreds of children at his back-to-school parties where the children not only get a free show but tons of school supplies.
The Role Models of Distinction Awards and Scholarship Benefit Gala, carded for Friday, September 8, will be hosted with the goal to raise funds for college scholarships, free STEM, SAT/Regents Prep, the Center’s Youth Ambassador Mentoring & Training Program, and donations to the Diabetes and Hypertension Organizations.
The benefit will put the spotlight on its scholarship and mentoring program with several top executives and role models citywide.
The following awardees will be honoured: Sylvia G. Ash, NYS Supreme Court Justice; Vice President at Goldman Sachs & Ionic6, Georgia Forbes; Founder & Producer-Blue Channel Films, Chauncey C. Chester; President & CEO of The Eagle Academy Foundation, David C. Banks; VP External Affairs, Brookdale Hospital, Khari Edwards; Entertainer/Performer, Devon Martin aka (Lyrikal), President & CEO of Caring for Others, Eslene Richmond Shockley; President & CEO, Trinbago Shipping, Pamela Lindsay; VP-Govt. Affairs, Charter Communications, Camille Joseph-Goldman; President & CEO- WIN TV, Raquel Jaikaran and General Counsel, NYC Dept of Probation, Wayne S. McKenzie, Esq.
For the last 30 years, the Caribbean American Center of New York (CACNY) has stood as a prominent leader and foundational support for Caribbean and minority communities in New York City. It was co-founded by Jean P. Alexander and is continually led by her vision to find ways to provide a range of services to NYC’s new immigrants, underserved, and needy population.
CACNY is guided by a strong focus on youth in low-income families and children in homeless shelters. Fuelled by her personal difficult experiences as a new immigrant arriving in NYC in 1971 with her own family and with no other relatives, friends, or support system, Jean has guided the 501 (c) 3 tax exempt non-profit organization to serve those who need it most without reservation.