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New York Group to Honour VCB on Saturday

CAMPBELL BROWN... recognised for her work as athlete and humanitarian.

NEW YORK, (USA) -- Olympian Veronica Campbell Brown, one of Jamaica's most decorated female athletes, will be honoured by the New York-based non-profit Children of Jamaica Outreach (COJO) Inc.

The gala and awards will take place at the Hilton New York, JFK Airport on Saturday, with a cocktail reception at 7:30 pm to be followed by dinner and dance.

Campbell Brown, affectionately called VCB, is a seven-time Olympic medallist and the second woman in history to win two consecutive Olympic 200m events and only one of only nine athletes to win world championships medals at the youth, junior and senior level of an athletic event.

According to Gary Williams, chairman and founder of COJO, Campbell Brown's success makes her an ideal candidate for Saturday's recognition.

"VCB has consistently brought glory to Jamaica, whether at the World Championships in athletics, the IAAF World Indoor Championships or the Olympic Games, and we look forward to the honour she will again bring us in Rio," he said.

Williams lauded the sprinter for her work as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador to promote gender equity and her "efforts to give back to her hometown in Trelawny".

"She is an exemplary role model," he declared.

Dave Price, weekday noon and 5:30 pm weather anchor for NBC 4 New York and friend of the Caribbean, will serve as emcee for the 21st Annual Charity Ball organised by COJO.

Price, who has won four Emmy awards and a Gracie award for his work on-air, is a volunteer with the Fairfield County Inner-City Foundation, an organisation that fosters educational opportunity for at-risk youth in Connecticut and serves on the advisory board of the Africa Foundation.