The group of former residents of Sandy Point and former students of the school are hoping to raise thousands of dollars that would help in the school’s overall development programs.
The event is planned for the annual Labour Day festivities in New York and is being organized by the Sandy Point Benevolent Society, a Sandy Point High School alumni association.
The Benefit Gala will be held at the famous Eastwood Manor Banquet Hall, located at 3371 Eastchester Road, Bronx NY 10469.
The gala will also be attended by scores of other St. Kitts & Nevis nationals and some from other sister Caribbean states.
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, Mrs. Jacinth Henry-Martin will lend her distinguished patronage to this historic occasion.
Ambassador Henry-Martin, herself a graduate of the Sandy Point High School, 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 honoured on this occasion, will receive the SPBS Distinguished Community Service Award.
Also sharing the spotlight as banquet honourees 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.