The Ulster Chamber, in partnership with Ulster County Tourism, will be hosting the Inaugural Ulster County Black Business Achievement Awards and Community Connect on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, from 5:00 – 8:00pm. Everyone is invited to join in the celebration as we honor Black business and community leaders from the past, the present and the future.
Past Everett Hodge (posthumously) ~ Everett Hodge Funeral Home
Present Tia Ashe ~ Love Hair
Future Kamir Hylton-Jackson ~ Benny’s Tropical Ice
Past NAACP Highland, Kingston, Ellenville
Present Tay Fisher Fundamental Basketball Camp
Future Kingston YMCA Farm Project Youth Crew
Black Business Leadership Award
Martin & Tamika Dunkley ~ Seasoned Gives
Black Business Excellence Award
Kevin Bryant NYS Supreme Court Justice
This exciting evening will commence with Elder James Childs opening the ceremony in prayer, followed by spoken word shared by Nya Speller, Ulster County Storyteller.
Complimentary refreshments will be provided by:
- We Got the Juice
- Pointe of Praise Catering
- Seasoned Delicious Foods
- One N Only Cakes
- Violet’s Bakery
- Benny's Tropical Ice
Beverages will be provided by JK's Wine & Liquor, Keegan Ales, and Adams Fairacre Farms.
Entertainment will include performances by Energy Dance Company, A community Gospel Choir, led by Pastor Doris Schuyler, will be singing through the evening.
Barbara Allen, Author, and Entrepreneur, also a sixth-generation descendant of Sojourner Truth, will be a guest speaker at the event. Following the ceremony, Barbara will be available for a Meet & Greet and Book Signing.
Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the USB facilities to learn more about local individuals and organizations that are making a difference in our community.
- Kingston YMCA Farm Project
- Black History Kingston
- Go Beyond Greatness
- Candice Van Dyke, Chief Diversity Officer at SUNY Ulster
- Mark Rumnit of the Student Mentorship Program/Black Studies Program at SUNY New Paltz
- Tafari Saunders, an award-winning young Artist from Kingston
There is no charge for admission but space will be limited.