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The St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce will host the 2019 annual awards banquet, “Rhythm of the Islands,” Saturday at the Mark C. Marin Center at the Antilles School campus starting at 6 p.m.

The evening will be a celebration of honorees and the islands’ wealth of history and culture with island-inspired entertainment, food and desserts. At this year’s gala, the Chamber will present the Wilbur “Bill” LaMotta Community Service Award to outstanding Virgin Islanders and individuals whose efforts have greatly contributed to the community.

The Wilbur “Bill” LaMotta Community Service Award was established in 1983, recognizing the contributions to the U.S. Virgin Islands of public officials, private sector businesses and employees, nonprofit leaders and private citizens whose achievements reflect the commitment and dedication exemplified by the life and work of Bill LaMotta.

The 2019 Wilbur “Bill” LaMotta Community Service Award recipients are:

Richard Berry – President, TOPA Equities V.I. Corporation Rhea Vasconcellos – Director, `Pets with Wings, Humane Society of St. Thomas

Celia Kalousek – Executive Director, St. John Community Foundation

Vernon Araujo – Director of Development, Family Resource Center & COO, Melee Media

Rev. Jeffrey Neevel — Pastor, St. Thomas Reformed Church

This year, the Chamber will also recognize individuals whose extraordinary contributions were lifesaving following hurricanes Irma and Maria:

Michael Bloomberg and Thomas Secunda – Co-founders of Bloomberg LP

Kenny Chesney – Country music singer, songwriter and producer

Tim Duncan – NBA and NCAA basketball player

The evening will begin with cocktails and silent auction at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and the program at 8 p.m. Attire is island elegant. Tickets are $160 per person and include a gourmet dinner, complimentary wine, entertainment and dancing. To reserve tickets, call 340-776-0100.