The Brooklyn-based Vincentian-American Independent National Charities, Inc. (VINCI) honored two nationals and an organization at the group’s 35th Annual Gala Awards and 39th Independence celebration of St. Vincent and the Grenadines at El Caribe Country Club in Brooklyn, on Sunday (October 7).

Veteran mas producer Wesley Millington, Democratic political executive Veronica Phillips and rising group VincyCares were awarded for their “philanthropic work,” VINCI’s president, Wayne Ragguett stated. Wesley Millingto was awarded for “keeping the culture alive and making sure we are represented each year on Eastern Parkway,” the VINCI’s president explained. He went on to explain that Veronica Phillips was honored for her, “early work with striders club [SVG] to her present work with her church and political club have been consistent throughout the years,” adding: “We appreciate her contributions.” When speaking about the decision to honor VincyCares, Ragguett explained, “We find, at this time, no organization more deserving to be honored with this award than VincyCares. VincyCares bio will speak for itself. No one can argue, in their short existence, they have done exemplary work for SVG and the community at large.”

Ragguett hopes that awarding these honorees would allow them to realize that their efforts do not go unnoticed, motivate them to continue the good work and also influence other Vincentians to take up an active role in making a difference.