About Us 2017-08-07T03:31:30+00:00

UNITING THE CARIBBEAN DIASPORA OF TEXAS

MISSION STATEMENT

To keep the spirit of the Caribbean culture alive by bringing together the various countries that collectively make up the Caribbean, and sharing its uniqueness with others through education, cultural activities and entertainment.

HISTORY

The Caribbean Association of Texas(CAT) was established in 1999 by six members from the Caribbean who realized a need to preserve and share the Caribbean culture in Texas. The  founding board members included Wendell and Lauren Rosales, Suzan Cameron,
Steve Jackman, Greg Jackman, and Evitte Estrada. Through its humble beginnings, CAT has increased its membership and reached out to other Caribbean organizations, such as the Dallas West Indian United, The Panamanian Association of Dallas, and several college campus groups, with the objective of promoting and hosting family and fundraising events to benefit our Caribbean youth.

VISION

To support and enhance our collective Caribbean communities through outreach programs and charities and to create an awareness among our younger generation to continue the promotion and development of the Association.

GENERAL INFORMATION

The Caribbean Association of Texas (CAT) is a 501(c)(7) organization, which serves the Caribbean community in Texas.  Every year we host a number of events and the proceeds are used to give back to the community.

Masquerade Ball & Boat Ride

In February we celebrate Valentines day with an elegant masquerade ball.  

For Mothers’ Day we host our ever popular Caribbean boat ride, which is usually sold out within 3 weeks.

WEDEM Cricket Team

For Easter weekend, our cricket team, WEDEM, plays a friendly cricket match against our long standing rivals, The Katy Party Animals. The game provides a forum for lots of fun and social networking, followed by an after party.

Annual picnic

In September we host our annual picnic which is free to the public.  At the picnic, the adults play a cricket match against an opposing team, while the kids play soccer, three-legged race, egg and spoon race, and tug of war.

Annual Awards Banquet

Finally, in December we host our annual Awards Banquet, where we honor our member of the year, and give awards in the categories of sportsmanship, humanitarian and cultural.

CAT strongly believes in giving back to our Caribbean countries and every year we launch a fundraising campaign to benefit a needy organization in one of the islands.  In 2013, we funded fire extinguishers for a primary school in Trinidad and in 2014, we are funding the Lions club of Durban, Guyana to assist in after school lessons and nutrition meals.