(ZIZ News) – On Wednesday, several locally based institutions demonstrated their support for the 36th Haynes Smith Caribbean Talented Teen Pageant by donating sponsorship cheques.
Among them are the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank, the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis and the Ministry of Tourism.
National Bank’s Marketing Manager, Shirna Pemberton said, “We know that it’s a very much anticipated show and we are very happy to be handing over this cheque to you today in the amount of EC$10,000 and we pray for a successful show.”
Similarly, Vernitha Evelyn-Maynard, who is the Marketing Support Officer at Development Bank said “On behalf of the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis, we are happy to be a sponsor of this year for Miss Haynes Smith Caribbean Talented Teen. We’re coming on board as silver sponsors this year so we are handing over a cheque in the amount of $7,500.”
In expressing his ministry’s support of the show, Minister of Tourism the Hon. Lindsay Grant commended the organisers for maintaining the standard of pageant for more than three decades.
“I think if you have been doing anything for 36 years, you must be doing something good,” Minister Grant said adding “I want to congratulate the hard working team that you have working over these several years to produce this show which I know is one of the top shows during the currency of any Carnival season. So, the Ministry of Tourism is delighted to be a part again to ensure that the programmes and the plans that you have come to fruition and that we have a wonderful talented teen programme.”
Nine young ladies, including St. Kitts’ Rikki Blake-Brookes and Nevis’ Neila Jones are confirmed for this year’s pageant which is scheduled for Tuesday December 29th at the Sugar Mill.