Plans for inaugural Awards Banquet reach fever pitch
New York City, New York, USA – August 23, 2011. In just under two weeks, during the annual Labor Day week end festivities, the Sandy Point Benevolent Society, a Sandy Point High School alumni association will host its First Benefit Gala in New York City. From all reports, the famous Eastwood Manor Banquet Hall located at 3371 Eastchester Road, Bronx NY 10469 will come alive as scores of Caribbean Nationals especially from the twin island Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis are expected to attend this GALA affair.
A spokesman for the organization said that its members are on a mission to sell tickets that will ensure a sellout crowd of at least 200 guests. The $85.00 event cost will allow for an all-night open bar, free entry in door prize raffles and, and a complimentary souvenir magazine printed in celebration of 2011 Gala event.
The newly appointed St. Kitts-Nevis Ambassador to the United States of America, Her Excellency, Mrs. Jacinth Henry-Martin will lend her distinguished patronage on this historic occasion. Ambassador Henry-Martin, herself a graduate of the Sandy Point High School, now the Charles E. Mills Secondary School, in St. Kitts will be the recipient of the association’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
The 2011 SPBS Benefit Gala will feature as its Special Guest Speaker, Dr. Allan Somersall, Kittitian-born Scientist, State and Leeward Island Scholar, medical doctor, professor and entrepreneur. Dr. Somersall, one of the five nationals of St. Kitts and Nevis to be honored on this occasion will receive the SPBS Distinguished Community Service Award.
Also sharing the spotlight as banquet honorees will be the Rev. R. Joseph Manchester, the revered First Principal of Sandy Point High; the charismatic preacher, Pastor Judith Esdaille of Mt. Carmel Pentecostal Church in the Bronx; and Founder of the host organization, Dr. Stewart “Peppa” Williams.
President of the Sandy Point Benevolent Society, and Former Principal of the Sandy Point High School, Mr. William V.A. Hodge along with Mr. Vincent “Silva” DeSuza, the President of the New York based group – Sandy Pointers and Friends will perform the role as Masters of Ceremonies for this Formal event scheduled for 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 3, 2011.
The Awards Banquet promises to be a reunion of sorts, an evening of celebrating excellence, connecting and reconnecting, with friends, classmates, schoolmates, teachers and nationals of the Federation. Lots of Caribbean food, drinks, fun, laughter, music, dancing, and celebration will make the night one to remember. Live entertainment will be headlined by well known Kittitian artist, Richie Buntin and the Experienced Band. Kittitian Disc Jockey, DJ Wasi, plans to ROCK THE HOUSE with Caribbean and Kittitian music, then and now.
Banquet organizers see the hosting of this event as a great opportunity for graduates of the Sandy Point High school to give back to their alma mater. Sandy Point High, recently renamed The Charles E. Mills Secondary School is the organization’s primary beneficiary.