YCLA announcement at Ritz-Carlton just a week away

The
votes are in.  The next recipient of the
Young Caymanian Leadership Award has been chosen by the selection committee
members. However, only the good folks at PricewaterhouseCoopers know who the
winner is right now.

That
will all change on Saturday, 20 February, when those in an expected sold-out
Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman ballroom and a live television audience hear the
announcement of the next winner during the annual gala black-tie event.

Now
in its 11th year, the Young Caymanian Leadership Award showcases
young people who have been identified as excellent role models, not only for
their personal achievements, but also for their contributions to the community.

The
five finalists for the 2010 YCLA are Felix Manzanares, Tammy Ebanks Bishop,
Krishan Welcome, Melanie McLaughlin and Collin Anglin.

Melissa
Wolfe of the YCLA Foundation said she was impressed by the enthusiasm and
dedication of the five finalists.

“More
than ever our younger generation needs positive examples to emulate,” she said.
“We are surrounded by great young leaders every day and the Foundation is proud
to recognise and reward them for their contributions to the Cayman Islands.”

The
YCLA Foundation chose “Dare to be” as the theme for 2010 programme.  The theme challenges Cayman’s youth to become
all that they are destined to be.

As
it does every year, the YCLA event features a keynote speaker.  This year, Miles McPherson, a former US
National Football League player for the San Diego Charges, will give the
keynote address.

Down
to earth, bold and funny, McPherson is known for challenging people to make
life-changing decisions. Author of the book “Do something! Make your life
count.”, he  has shared the stage with a
former US president, appeared on CNN’s Larry King Live, The O’Reilly Factor and
Good Morning America.

He
was also to lead prayer at the Republican National Convention in 2008.

The
live telecast will begin at 7pm on Saturday, February 20th.   Seating for those attending begins at 5.45pm
and doors close at 6.50pm.

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The five finalists for 2010 Young Caymanian Leadership Award are, from left, Felix Manza-nares, Tammy Ebanks Bishop, Krishan Welcome, Melanie McLaughlin and Collin Anglin.
DAVID WOLFE

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