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Celebrating Pat Chin on her Special Birthday

Patricia Chin, a Jamaican entrepreneur and co-founder of VP Records, will be among three honorees at the Medgar Evers College Pinnacle Awards & Scholarship Dinner on October 11. Also being honored is Don Lowery, Senior Vice-President, Community Engagement at Nielsen and Paul T. Williams, Jr. Co-Founder and Managing Director, Williams Strategy Advisors and Of Counsel, Arent Fox LLP.

The theme for this year’s black-tie fundraiser, the college’s major fundraising event, is “Carnival: A Celebration of Culture.” It takes place on Wednesday, October 11, from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. at Guastavino’s, 409 East 49th Street in Manhattan. The Pinnacle Awards Dinner allows the College to raise much needed funds and to showcase the extraordinary value, strength and diversity of our institution and our community.

The College’s goal is to raise at least $500,000 this year through the MECEducational Foundation. There will also be a journal, a silent and an online auction, as well as an opportunity to make a tax-deductible donation. Ms. Chin, Mr. Lowery and Mr. Williams, the three honorees, all mirror the College’s commitment to diversity and social equity. Our student body is highly international, and more than 90 percent of MEC students receive financial aid to pursue their studies.

Medgar Evers College, named for the martyred civil rights leader Medgar Wiley Evers, is a place where people are introduced to ideas and uncover the world while discovering themselves. A senior College of the City University of New York, Medgar Evers was established in 1970 to meet the social and educational needs of the Central Brooklyn community.

Tributes to Miss Pat Chin on Her Special Birthday

Congresswoman Yvette Clarke | Congress of the United States
House of Representatives

9TH District, New York

I would like to extend my congratulations to a woman of high distinction and great accomplishment, Patricia Chin, on the occasion of her eightieth birthday. Your contributions to our community have been enormous and are deserving not only of our recognition, but also our sincere gratitude.

As the co-founder of the independent reggae label VP Records, along her late husband Vincent “Randy” Chin, Patricia Chin has allowed generations of people to enjoy the beautiful sounds of Jamaica and celebrating artists whose work continues to delight audiences around the world. Your tireless efforts to honor reggae music has created a legacy that we will continue to honor. On behalf of the people of Brooklyn, I want to thank you for your commitment to our culture. Enjoy the festivities!

Yvette D. Clarke
Member of Congress

Jamaica Consul General Hon. Trudy Deans | Congress of the United States
Co-Founder and President, VP Records

It is such a wonderful opportunity for me to extend sincere birthday wishes to Mrs. Patricia Chin in celebration of her very special birthday.

Miss Pat, I am very proud to say that I am witness to your important achievements and involvement in the Jamaican, Asian and other Caribbean communities, and of course, a part of the history of VP Records’ growth and its continued successful evolution.

You have displayed a rather simple and old-fashioned formula - patience, perseverance, discipline, hard work - mixed with the strong family orientation that you have demonstrated.

And you “Miss Pat,” have shown the way in taking your success as humbly as is in your character. This, for me, is very admirable.

On behalf of my staff at the Consulate General and the Government of Jamaica, please accept our very best wishes for a happy 80th year, good health and that you will enjoy this milestone with your family and loved ones in the years to come.
Happy Birthday!
Hon. Trudy Dean

Ambassador Dr. Basil Bryan | Randy is now gone, but Pat Chin continues her important role through her company, “VP,” lifting Jamaican music to the top of the international stage, aided by her children who continues the legacy.

Miss Pat, as she is affectionately called, remains true to her chosen calling in promoting Jamaican music, always with the idea of change and innovation.

Kind, gentle and caring, she remains a cr itical and highly influential member of the Jamaican diaspora, impacting the metropolitan New York region and communities in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.

While serving as Jamaica’s Consul General in New York, I was in an invaluable position to observe Miss Pat at work and can affirm without any hesitation that Pat Chin never shies from supporting charitable causes to inspire and help others. It was therefore my great pleasure in recommending her for the Order of Distinction, which was awarded to her by the Government of Jamaica.

Happy 80th Miss Pat. Thanks for the happy memories.

Ambassador Dr. Basil K Bryan Former Consul General of Jamaica (New York)

York College CUNY | On her milestone birthday, York College is honored to say it shares the same neighborhood as Mrs. Patricia Chin and her company, VP Records. “Miss Pat” is as fine an example as any, for our young women – and men -- to view as a business role model and person.

As immigrants, Vincent and Patricia Chin brought their business from Kingston, Jamaica to Jamaica, Queens; and we in the Caribbean community and indeed, music lovers from all over, have been enriched by the experience.

Her vast knowledge of music and the music business certainly qualifies her to teach a master class on the sounds of the Caribbean. We are proud to have her as a resource in our community and to call her a friend of York’s. And we look forward to many more years of friendship.

So here’s to Miss Pat! Wishing you, as the Jamaican poet, Louise Bennett used to say, “a bunonunus time” as you celebrate your remarkable life!

Dr. Marcia Keizs President

Paula Madison | It is with great affection and unbounded respect that I wish you, Miss Pat, Happy Birthday on the 80th anniversary of your birth!

Your interpersonal skills and business prowess have served to inspire generations of us who have our roots in Jamaica! Your family, friends and many admirers strive to meet the standard of excellence which you have set for us. Thank you for gracing us with each day of these 80 years, Miss Pat!! May you live to celebrate many, many more!!

Paula Madison