A record 32 nominations have been received by the American Chamber of Commerce of Jamaica (AMCHAM) for the 2013 AMCHAM Business & Civic Leadership Awards.
The awards gala will be held on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, at the Jamaica Pegasus, presented in association with GB Energy - Texaco.
According to the organisers, the programme, now in its fourth year, has each year seen a marked increase in nominations for the awards which celebrate and encourage philanthropy and social responsibility in Jamaica.
In preparation for the awrds, an independent panel of judges chaired by Lady Rheima Hall, wife of former Governor General, Sir Kenneth Hall, has been reviewing the nominations in three areas - Corporate Social Responsibility, Civic Leadership and Arts & Culture.
Becky Stockhausen, Executive Director of AMCHAM said: "We are very encouraged by the high standard of the nominations received for the AMCHAM Business & Civic Leadership Awards. It's inspiring to learn about the many companies, organisations and individuals doing outstanding work which benefit a wide cross section of persons and communities across Jamaica and these awards are designed to recognise the contributions of these extraordinary people, businesses and organisations."
Nine organisations were nominated for the award in the Category of Social Responsibility: Jamaica Broilers Group, Lasco Distributors, Red Stripe, Jamaica Public Service Company, Gore Developments, Grace Kennedy Money Services, Barita Investment, Jamaica Energy Partners and Free Form Factory.
Barita Education Foundation, SOS Children's Villages of Jamaica Foundation, Women's Resource & Outreach Centre, Environmental Health Foundation, RISE Life Management Services and Richard & Diana Stewart Foundation/Kind Hearts were the organisations nominated for Civic Leadership.The individuals nominated for Civic Leadership are Gary "Butch" Hendrickson, Kenneth Benjamin, Robert Levy, Joy Crooks, Deandra Grace Ann Thomas, Dr Henry Lowe and Gloria Palomino.
In the Arts & Culture category, the 10 nominees are The Spanish Jamaican Foundation, Alpha Boys' School, Professor Barrington Watson, Sarah Ann Hodges, Noel George Dexter, Steven Woodham, Dr Barbara Gloudon, Marjorie Whylie, Winston "Sparrow" Martin and Ian Williams.