Kate Norfleet To Be Honored April 18 With LaMotta Award for Public Service




Kate Norfleet



Kate C. Norfleet, owner of Kate N Design, Inc. is one of four women being honored as 2015 recipients of the Wilbur “Bill” LaMotta Community Service Award at the St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce 2015 Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, April 18, at the St. Peter Greathouse during this year’s gala, “An Ole Time Fete.”

The Chamber presents the Wilbur “Bill” LaMotta Community Service Award to outstanding Virgin Islanders and deserving organizations.  The award was established in 1983, to recognize the contributions to the U.S. Virgin Islands of public officials and private citizens whose achievements reflect the commitment and dedication exemplified by the life and work of LaMotta.

Prior to his death in 1980, LaMotta was President of the St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce, a Small Businessman of the Year, a civic leader and renowned Caribbean composer and musician.

The award is presented to individuals who exhibit dedication, sincerity, forthrightness and ethics in the performance of his or her duties or in the practice of his or her business or profession. 

In addition to Norfleet, the 2015 Wilbur “Bill” LaMotta Community Service Award recipients are: Katina E. Coulianos, Chief Executive Officer, I. Levin Properties; Karishma C. Jagtiani, Co-Owner, Bobby’s Jewelers; Shirley G. Monsanto, 33-year owner of Monsanto Travel Agency.

In addition to managing their successful businesses, these women have contributed to the success of many groups on St. Thomas and St. John including: Rotary, United Way, the Girl Scouts, Partners for Health, Gifft Hill School, Historic Preservation Commission, St. John Historical Society, Friends of the V.I. National Park, St. John School of the Arts, All Saints School, and the St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce. There will be a feature story on each honoree in the Awards Booklet.

In 1999, the Board of Directors added the recognition of an individual involved in the leadership of a non-profit or charitable organization or an organization for the service it provides to the community and the 2015 honoree is Corinne Lockhart of the Dinner and a Cause charitable organization.

The April 18 event will begin with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:45 p.m.  Attire is colorful island elegant. Tickets are priced at $140 per person and include a gourmet dinner, complimentary wine and an open bar. Please call 776-0100 to reserve your tickets.