NTAC Honored Antigua & Barbuda Progressive Society Inc.


June 24, 2014

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NTAC Honored Antigua & Barbuda Progressive Society Inc.
June 24, 2014


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Neighborhood Technical Assistance Clinic (NTAC)

Honored Antigua & Barbuda Progressive Society Inc.

As the Caribbean Nonprofit of the Year on June 16, 2014

Each day, thousands of New Yorkers “Strike a Match to Light up the Darkness.” For the past sixteen years, the Neighborhood Technical Assistance Clinic has helped these selfless individuals make our city a better place to live. 


One of the goals of the Neighborhood Technical Assistance Clinic is to strengthen the work of nonprofits in New York City,” says, Rev. Dr. Valerie-Oliver Durrah, Founder of NTAC.

On June 16, 2014, the Neighborhood Technical Assistance Clinic held its 7th Annual “A Salute to New York City’s Nonprofits and the Neighborhoods They Serve.” The event was held at Giando On The Water, located at 400 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249 from 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM. 

M. Roz Olatunji, President of Antigua & Barbuda Progressive Society Inc., accepted the Caribbean Nonprofit of the Year Award on behalf of ABPS. Other award recipients included the Richmond County Savings Foundation, which received the Foundation of the Year Award, presented by Seth C. Edwards, Vice President of Community Relations, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.; and the Eagle Academy for Young Men, which received the Nonprofit of the Year Award, presented by Rev. Sylvia Gail Kinard, Esq., Chair of NTAC. In addition to the awards, NTAC also presented Technical Assistance Grants to 5 nonprofits, one in each borough, by Rev. Kanyere Eaton, Vice President of NTAC. The nonprofit organizations were: In the Spirit of Love, Inc., Brooklyn; Edge School of the Arts, Queens; Health and Wellness Facet of the Greater New York Links, Manhattan; C.O.R.E, the Bronx; and the Mighty String Demons, Staten Island. 

Part of our celebration included honoring Former Grand Dame Helen B. Lucas from Carriacou and Petite Martinique of 

Grenada with a Lifetime Achievement Award. 

It was a spectacular event,” says visionary Rev. Dr. Valerie Oliver-Durrah. “From a waterside, ‘Taste of Caribbean Cocktail Reception,’ exclusively provided by Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, to a dinner buffet and the awards ceremony, it was a classic celebration for New York City’s nonprofits and the neighborhoods they serve, as well as the Caribbean guests who were honored and recognized during Caribbean Heritage Month.” 

Bishop Dr. Ebony Kirkland offered an invocation to the diverse audience

Sponsors for the gala “A Salute to New York City’s Nonprofits and the Neighborhoods They Serve” included BNY Mellon; Brooklyn Brewery; Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill; Healthfirst; JP Morgan Chase; Macy’s Inc.; Madiba; MetroPlus Health Plan; National Grid; Richmond County Savings Foundation; Sweet’N Low; TD Bank; The Sister Fund; Transport Workers Union, Local 100; and WABC-TV. 

The Silent Auction table was generously supported by Anthony Cunningham; Bacardi, Inc.; Beloved Pieces; Black Cameo; Brooklyn Brewery; Burberry; Búzios, Brazil; Copper & Lumber Store Hotel, Antigua & Barbuda, West Indies; Elite Island Resorts; Foodtown; Galley Bay Resort & Spa, Antigua & Barbuda, West Indies (or Palm Island Resort, 

The Grenadines); Giando on the Water; Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill; Hotel Bonadies; Ravello, Italy; Jackie’s on the Reef, Negril, Jamaica, West Indies; James C. Durrah; Los Establos Boutique Inn, Panama; Macy’s Inc.; Madiba; MetroPlus; Neighborhood Technical Assistance Clinic; Olivino Wines; Papillon Belle Jewelry; Queen Ristorante; St. James’s Club & Villas, Antigua & Barbuda, West Indies; St. James’s Club, Morgan Bay, St. Lucia, West Indies; The Club, Barbados, West Indies; The Verandah Resort & Spa, Antigua & Barbuda, West Indies; and Travellers Beach Resort, Negril, Jamaica, West Indies.

Multicultural entertainment and musical performances were provided by Sesame Flyers International, Inc., Jonny Gomes, and Tropicalfete, Inc. Margot Jordan and Christopher Gill were the photojournalists, Zella Jones was the event coordinator, and Brooke Durrah was the special events coordinator. 

Proceeds from the Gala will also enable the Neighborhood Technical Assistance Clinic to offer free capacity building trainings to other nonprofits throughout the year.

The Board of Directors are Rev. Sylvia Gail Kinard, Esq., Rev. Kanyere Eaton, and Gayle Gilbert. Rev. Dr. Valerie Oliver-Durrah is the Founder.

The mission of the Neighborhood Technical Assistance Clinic is to serve the needs of philanthropic individuals and organizations in their efforts to develop support and maintain effective community-based and faith-based programs. We also serve non-profits wishing to improve programs and organizational capacity for addressing the needs of low-income and service-starved neighborhoods. We provide consultation, strategic direction and management, technical assistance and forums for increasing substantive outcomes in all these areas of human and financial investment.

Neighborhood Technical Assistance Clinic

544 McDonough Street, Brooklyn, NY 11233

Phone: 718-455-3784 | Fax: 718-573-4490 | Email: volivere@aol.com | Website: www.neighborhoodclinic.org