JENNA WOLFE RETURNS TO THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE CARIBBEAN STATE BALL

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (25 May, 2010) –   There’s an element of fearlessness and daring to Jenna Wolfe that leads her to jump from the top of near 900 foot buildings, or run to the top of the Empire State Building or even simulate drowning in a sinking car.

But Ms. Wolfe is also sharp, witty and funny – qualities which serve her well on the most popular morning news programme in the United States, the Today Show, on the broadcast network, NBC.  And she takes these traits to the 37th Annual Governments of the Caribbean State Ball, one of the Caribbean’s most highly anticipated events in New York.

For the second straight year, Ms. Wolfe, the co-anchor of The Weekend Today, as well as a reporter for the weekday edition, The Today Show, will host the elegant black tie event which features the finest Caribbean food and entertainment, as well as a prestigious awards ceremony.

“I’m so honoured to be invited to be part of this event. I’m excited, I’m really excited and I’m looking forward to it,” said Ms. Wolfe, who was born in Jamaica and raised in Haiti, and whose father is from Puerto Rico.

“I love the Caribbean and I have a passion for the Caribbean and for me to be able to sit with all the representatives of all these Caribbean countries and to represent all of this passion, it’s an honour for me,” she added.

 The 37th Annual Governments of the Caribbean State Ball and Awards Presentation will be held in the Grand Ballroom at The Plaza Hotel on Friday, 11 June. Highlights of the evening include the presentation of the CTO Lifetime Achievement Award, the CTO Special Recognition Award and, for the first time ever, the CTO Diaspora Award. The Bahamian group, Tingum Dem – which has performed at The Apollo Theatre and at the première of the movie, Pirates of the Caribbean – will provide entertainment for the event.

The Ball brings to an end Caribbean Week in New York, a week-long programme that brings the diverse and appealing flavours of the Caribbean to New York City. Organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Caribbean Week in New York brings together the most influential policy makers, marketing professionals and tourism industry officials to interact and discuss both tourism and investment opportunities in the region.  It also serves to provide a taste of the Caribbean, to present vacation special offers, inspire travel and showcase the Region’s diversity to more than 10,000 attendees who participate in a number of targeted events,  including Rum & Rhythm, Media Marketplace, the Caribbean Marketing Conference and Awards Luncheon.

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