“Lamont is someone who has always been passionate about giving back to the community,” says Chris Brown, MLS Director of Development. Lamont Bailey has been a long-time supporter of Martin Luther School and its surrounding communities. After graduating from Syracuse University, he attended Cornell Law School. He is the past Chairman of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, recently served as the General Counsel for the National Bar Association, and served on the Board of the Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults. He also serves as Chair of The Town of North Hempstead Community Development Agency. He has worked tirelessly to rebuild our communities and we are blessed to honor him at this year’s Cougar Golf Classic.
Lamont explained that “it is an honor being recognized.” Being an active part of the community was something he learned from his father at a very young age, saying, “it is a part of my DNA.” He grew up learning to give back and he credits his family for this upbringing. “I do what I do, not for the accolades, so to be recognized is an honor and is gratifying."
Looking to the tournament in a few weeks, Lamont wishes he could be playing with his line brothers in a foursome because of their longstanding in the top three of the tournament. Lamont is looking forward to this year, saying “it is always a fun day and a good time and there are always a lot of familiar faces.”
The Cougar Classic is one of the big fundraising events we have held at Martin Luther School for many years to support our expanding opportunities. “MLS is a good school and I know that schools can’t make it on tuition alone. Having a faith-based school is only a positive…moral compass in general is so important. I am very familiar with the faith-base and quality of education that is provided. We’re a religious family, so it feels good to be a part of this. We have to fundraise and this is a fun way to do it.”
Lamont’s role in community outreach and service has helped to re-develop the surrounding areas. After being on the Board for the Great Jamaica Development Corporation for over 20 years, he has been part of the 40-year mission to develop Jamaica’s structures, business, and opportunities. Additionally, he has been a major part of the development of hotels and retail in the area. He has also worked with cultural programs at the JCFAAL Center for Arts and Learning. Lamont is passionate about seeing downtown Jamaica thrive, saying, “I grew up in Jamaica and my drive was to improve the quality of life there – I was one of the few people in favor of the air train because I felt it would bring businesses downtown.” His work has also lead to the building of the Social Security and FDA buildings and York College. He has been involved in the National Bar Association since graduating Law School, and has worked on several civil rights issues. He is now 1 out of 6 nationally elected Board Members. “We serve the Bar and the Bench through networking, through continuing legal education courses, and we’ve had some of the finest attorneys…legends…teach our courses.”
We want to thank Lamont for his incredible role in the community and at Martin Luther School. We are very excited to honor him on Monday, June 18th, at the Cougar Golf Classic.
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