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Villa and Point Honour Outstanding Citizens

Photo credit Joseph JonesAntigua St. John's - The curtains closed on the Villa & Point Reunion 2013 with an awards gala where a number of outstanding members of the community were honoured.

The night saw the completion of the fourth and final pillar of the theme of the reunion recognition completed.

The other three - social service, healthcare, and education, were already established throughout the week.

At the gala, held at Splash Antigua at Fort James, the committee recognised those who made significant contributions to the development of the community.

"There are many more persons who must be recognised and it will be done in stages," said President of the Villa & Point Committee Inc Jerome "Medor" Underwood.  "What is important is that we laid the foundation for the future where we will honour everyone that's deserving."

Heading the list of people awarded were two who had died, but whose names and contributions will long live throughout Villa & Point.

As a matter of fact, they were national icons as entrepreneurs.

Papa Sita Destin, and Iola Manderson - of Brownies Bakery, were honoured for their contributions. Family members received the awards on their behalf.

Mariann Farrell, who died at 103, received the longevity award posthumously.

The innovation award went to another of the fallen greats - Joseph Towsend, a blacksmith whose work is still a topic of conversation.

Former national Leewards Islands and Combined Islands all-round cricketer Gene Gould was present to accept his award for outstanding achievement in sports.

The Cultural Icon award went to Laviscount's Brass, while Ludwig "LMR" Reynolds got the Philanthropy Award.

The first principal of the Villa Primary School, Rosetta Etinoff, got the Education Award.

The awards ceremony culminated with Sir McLean Emanuel, aka King Short Shirt, receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award.

In accepting his award, The King urged the gathering to "look out for each other" so that the community can be a better one.

The almost 200 attendees were treated to a pan presentation by Khan Candice, George Weeks, Javier Jarvis, and Veron Henry.

They also witnessed a video presentation of most of the fallen from the community. It was a tribute for those who paved the way in the community as well as those whose lives ended suddenly.

A number of sponsors contributed to the success of the reunion, including platinum sponsors Colombian Emeralds, along with Premier Beverages, Splash Antigua, AKHIMO Caribbean Limited, Touch of Class Auto Repair, and Shaw Brothers.

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