The 2nd annual Houston Caribbean Achievement Awards (HCAA) was held on Saturday January 24, 2015 at the Stafford Civic Center in Houston Texas. TeKay Designs was a sponsor of the HCAA, an annual award event founded to bring recognition and honor to individuals, organizations and businesses, who have made positive contributions to the uplifting of the Caribbean culture, heritage and the advancement of the Pan-Caribbean community in the City of Houston.
Recognition was given in the areas of, but not limited to, business, volunteerism, culture and heritage, entertainment, innovation and education. One of the missions of the HCCA is to help support academic scholarships in the community, and support local disaster relief efforts for the entire Caribbean Region. The keynote performer was Calypso King of the world, Slinger Francisco, known as The Mighty Sparrow from Trinidad & Tobago. The event was co-hosted by internationally known comedian, Majah Hype from New York City and Fatta Carey from Houston. Host Fatta Carey also wore a traditional African man’s attire (Agbada, Dashiki, Trousers and hat) by TeKay Designs during a portion of the award ceremony. The award trophy presenters Pearline Garvey and Rasheeda Hewitt wore multiple TeKay Designs couture dresses on stage.
Honored guests included Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Congressman Al Green, Houston Council Member Larry Green and Houston Community College Board Trustee Carroll G. Robinson. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (18th District, Texas) presented a Certificate of Congressional Recognition to The Houston Caribbean Achievement Awards for recognizing the valor and contributions of the Caribbean community to the development of the city of Houston.
The winners (award recipients) of the 2nd Annual HCAA included
Nyam Cash Promotions (Reggae Promoter / Promotions Of The Year 2014)
Houston Caribbean Festival (Soca Promoter / Promotions Of The Year 2014)
Madd Colors (Best Carnival Costume Band 2014)
Galaxy Band (Live Band Of The Year 2014)
The Royal Evolution (Birthday Bash Of The Year 2014)
Houston Caribbean Festival (Caribbean Cultural Festival 2014)
HCFRadio.com (Best Website / Media Presence 2014)
Soca Passion (Best Monthly Caribbean Event 2014)
Cool Runnings (Caribbean Restaurant Of The Year 2014)
MC Fire Kyle (Best Event MC / Host Of The Year 2014)
Dadee Kellogs (Best New Disc Jockey 2014)
DJ Silent Killa (Reggae / Dancehall DJ Of The Year 2014)
DJ Texas Outlaw (Soca DJ Of The Year 2014)
Other special recognition and meritorious awards included the HCAA Humanitarian Aid, Community Advocate 2014 (Merlisa Langellier), Youth Development & Leadership Award 2014 (Lesley Christmas – Jackson), Health Advocacy 2014 (Dr. F. Paula Abraham), Youth Outstanding Academic & Athletic Recognition 2014 (Jovonne Ledet, Lance Byron, Jalen Grayson, Carlysia Cresser, & Mehgan Joseph), Marcus Garvey Trailblazer Recognition 2014 (Patrick Lewis of Houston Caribbean Festival), HCAA Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 (The Mighty Sparrow), & more.