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March 27, 2001 — The St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce will once again give the Wilbur "Bill"La Motta Community Award to four outstanding Virgin Islanders at its annual Awards Banquet Saturday night at St. Peter Mountain Great House.
The LaMotta Community Service award was established in 1983 to recognize the outstanding contributions to the U.S. Virgin Islands of public officials and private citizens whose achievements reflect the commitment and dedication exemplified by the life and work of Bill LaMotta, according to a release from the chamber.
Prior to his death in 1980, LaMotta was president of the chamber of commerce, a Small Businessman of the Year, a civic leader and renowned Caribbean composer and musician.
The award is presented to individuals who exhibit dedication, sincerity, forthrightness and ethics in the performance of his or her duties or in the practice of his or her business or profession. In 1999 the board of directors added the recognition of an individual whose leadership in a non-profit or charitable organization furthers the goals and objectives of the organization and benefits the community. This year the chamber is honoring:
– Claudia LaBorde, president of the Humane Society of St. Thomas
– Gordon A. Finch, executive director of the Virgin Islands Port Authority
– Edward E. Thomas, president and chief executive officer of the West Indian Co. Ltd.
– James D. Tunick, president of Theodore Tunick & Company
Two students, Cindy Bernier, a senior at Sts. Peter and Paul High School and Deon Ld Cointe, an 11th grader at Charlotte Amalie High School will be presented with the Student Achievement Award at Saturday's event. The award was established in 1992 to honor students who have made their schools a better place through their active involvement in student government, extra curricular activities and academic excellence.
And finally Haagensen House will be honored with the Award for Design Excellence, which was established in 1999 to recognize an individual or corporation's investment in the territory, which demonstrates quality design, improvement to the environment, commitment to the community and its economic growth.
There will be a champagne reception starting at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and dancing. Tickets are $100 and are available at the chamber office on Main Street above Mr. Tablecloth. Call 776-1000 for more information.

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March 27, 2001 -- The St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce will once again give the Wilbur "Bill"La Motta Community Award to four outstanding Virgin Islanders at its annual Awards Banquet Saturday night at St. Peter Mountain Great House.
The LaMotta Community Service award was established in 1983 to recognize the outstanding contributions to the U.S. Virgin Islands of public officials and private citizens whose achievements reflect the commitment and dedication exemplified by the life and work of Bill LaMotta, according to a release from the chamber.
Prior to his death in 1980, LaMotta was president of the chamber of commerce, a Small Businessman of the Year, a civic leader and renowned Caribbean composer and musician.
The award is presented to individuals who exhibit dedication, sincerity, forthrightness and ethics in the performance of his or her duties or in the practice of his or her business or profession. In 1999 the board of directors added the recognition of an individual whose leadership in a non-profit or charitable organization furthers the goals and objectives of the organization and benefits the community. This year the chamber is honoring:
– Claudia LaBorde, president of the Humane Society of St. Thomas
– Gordon A. Finch, executive director of the Virgin Islands Port Authority
– Edward E. Thomas, president and chief executive officer of the West Indian Co. Ltd.
– James D. Tunick, president of Theodore Tunick & Company
Two students, Cindy Bernier, a senior at Sts. Peter and Paul High School and Deon Ld Cointe, an 11th grader at Charlotte Amalie High School will be presented with the Student Achievement Award at Saturday's event. The award was established in 1992 to honor students who have made their schools a better place through their active involvement in student government, extra curricular activities and academic excellence.
And finally Haagensen House will be honored with the Award for Design Excellence, which was established in 1999 to recognize an individual or corporation's investment in the territory, which demonstrates quality design, improvement to the environment, commitment to the community and its economic growth.
There will be a champagne reception starting at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and dancing. Tickets are $100 and are available at the chamber office on Main Street above Mr. Tablecloth. Call 776-1000 for more information.