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Soup du Cure: Caribbean Education Initiative’s 3rd Annual Fundraiser 12.4.2011

Break out the soup pot & ladle, pound the garlic & toss in some veggies, meat, seafood,herbs & spices! The VI’s one and only Culinary Competition that awards participants with $$$ returns for a 3rd year…Soup du Cure! On Sunday, 12.4.2011 restaurants, caterers, and amateur chefs will compete in more than 20 soup categories…with something for every appetite! Come and try kallaloo, red peas soup, sancoché, bisques, ital, chowders, and so much more. Top prizes include: $1,000 for the Best Soup, $500 for 2nd place, and 3rd place $250. Additionally, the crowd favorite wins $250. Live local entertainment featuring Mada Nile & Fyah Train. Entry is $10 for Adults and $5 for kids + $1 per taste. We’re still looking for SPONSORS & PARTICIPANTS! All proceeds benefit the Caribbean Education Initiative a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and its beneficiaries!

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Soup du Cure Proposal 2011

Soup du Cure Sponsor Application

Soup du Cure Participant Application

Nia Long Gives Back to Children in the Caribbean

Nia Long is an advocate of helping underprivileged children in the Caribbean by providing them essential school supplies such as backpacks, books, writing utensils and even cereal. While Long’s star has been illuminating the Hollywood scene since her memorable roles in Boyz N the Hood, “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” and Love Jones, she has been simultaneously brightening the lives of children by providing these basic necessities of education. Long’s on-screen characters always seem to exemplify the caring and sentimental element of the black woman, however, it’s apparent her on screen characters reflect who she is when the lights of Hollywood and cameras are nowhere to be found.

On Saturday, May 28, Long again visited the ritzy Bel-Air neighborhood, but this time she wasn’t visiting her “Fresh Prince” boyfriend Will Smith. Long was in Bel-Air to use her star power by joining efforts with the Children of the Caribbean Foundation (COTC) and their Every Child Matters campaign by helping raise money for underprivileged children and poor schools in the Caribbean region. The Foundation is hosting its first educational fundraiser the –“EVERY CHILD MATTERS 5K Run/Walk” – Saturday June 4, 2011 on the California Loyola Marymount University campus. When asked about her participation in the run/walk, Long stated that “I will be walking due to doctor’s orders!” as she is showing signs of a baby bump.

The Founder/Executive Director of the foundation Rosie Hodge-Adams stated that their mission has already begun to resonate among the Hollywood elite. At this time, the “Every Child Matters” Run/Walk has obtained celebrity endorsements from Nia Long actress/board member, actor Eric Close – CBS Without a Trace, and FOX TV- American Idol Judge Randy Jackson. Go to for more info!

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V.I. Boxers Get an Assist from NBA’s Tim Duncan

The websites say that Tim Duncan’s wingspan is seven feet three inches, but on Wednesday it appeared much longer, stretching all the way to the territory to provide some much-needed equipment for the V.I. Boxing Federation.

Duncan is the primary backer behind the Caribbean Education Initiative, whose representative, Rashidi Clenance, said the organization just wants to give back, and found a willing recipient in the boxers, who received 20 sets of gloves and three pieces of head gear, along with a boxing pad and mitts.

“We saw what they were doing in the gym here with Julian Jackson, and we just wanted to support, we just wanted to help,” Clenance said after handing out the equipment to the boxers. While the organization’s efforts are now gaining strength in the community, Clenance said it has long been helping to support local basketball through Hood Hoops, which sponsors tournaments throughout the territory.

Clenance said the organization now wants to expand and help support all sports, along with educational initiatives. Through Hood Hoops, the organization plans to work with the University of the Virgin Islands next season to provide tutoring for the students and has also financed a seven-year reading program. Other beneficiaries include the St. Croix Educational Complex Steel Orchestra, the V.I. Swimming Federation and V.I. Weightlifting Federation.

Clenance said that while the organization gets a small monthly allotment for its donations, he hopes the community will see what it has been doing and “get behind us with support.”

The Boxing Federation’s gym is located in Paul M. Pearson Gardens, and Clenance said that while in the area for Hood Hoops games, he noticed the condition of the building and the boxers’ equipment.

“I see how many people are in this small facility, and I see how they try to maximize it, and at least we can help give the tools to help these kids succeed,” he said about the organization’s latest donation.

Renowned three-time world boxing champion Julian Jackson runs the federation’s program on St. Thomas and said much of the equipment was long overdue for an upgrade.

“We have a few head gears that are run-down, and with the new ones that we have now, it will help the guys from getting injured,” Jackson said. “And not only the head gear but the gloves as well; some of them are busted, with the cotton coming out — they have a little more knuckle than anything else. Some of them are going in the garbage for sure, now.”

Jackson said donations such as the one made Wednesday help boost the local program by making its students feel like they have the support of the community.

“Especially with the kids knowing that there are people that are concerned, that there are people in the community that really want to do something positive, it makes the kids feel really wanted and that they have a purpose and that helps our program tremendously,” he said. “And we really need the equipment, and I think it’s going to go a long way, it’s going to do a lot.

Author: JAMES GARDNER — MAY 18, 2011

Heal A Woman to Heal A Nation Conference 2010 (St. Croix, VI)


Heal a Woman to Heal a Nation, Inc. is dedicated to the healing of our
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Sandal Solé® Partners with “The Haitian Alliance”

Sandal Solé® is requesting your assistance in raising funds to build homes in Haiti through the sales of our products and our partnership with “The Haitian Alliance”

Please share this PSA video amongst your friends and families everywhere for every little bit counts.  

We have “3” ways for anyone to contribute:

We thank you for taking out your time to review our request. Thank you to all of the teammates who contributed to this video you all know who you are!! Blessings Always 🙂

-Lisa Simone Mosley