A crisp, cool breeze paired with warm and sultry jazz music under a moonlit sky filled with twinkling stars certainly created the perfect ambiance for patrons of the Second Annual Night of Jazz Under the Stars fund-raising event hosted by the St. Paul’s Methodist College PTA Board on Saturday, February 11, 2017.
Hundreds enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres, fine dry, semi-sweet and sweet wines, beautifully red and white decorated cocktail tables and the enchanting vocals of jazz artist Shelly Carey-Moxey along with the soul-stirring performance of world-renowned musician Ralph Munnings.
Master of Ceremonies (MC) David Wallace ensured that the pre-Valentine’s Day event had a perfect blend of romantic and laughter all evening long.
Patrons of a Night of Jazz Under the Stars danced the evening away thanks to the musical styling of the Royal Bahamas Police Force Pop Band, End to End Band, saxophonists Ricardo Major and Mateo Minnis and were wowed by the simply breathtaking designs of Originell’s Couture Designs by Vonnel Gibson, who added flair, spice and elegance to the runway.
Tickled pink by the support of the Grand Bahama community St. PMC PTA Board president Bridgette Farrington thanked all sponsors and donors of the event that did everything to ensure the Night of Jazz Under the Stars fund-raiser was an overwhelming success.
“Definitely I would like to thank all the members of the St. PMC PTA Board who worked tirelessly along with me to ensure this signature Night of Jazz Under the Stars of St. Paul’s Methodist College proceeded without delay or a glimmer of disappointment.
“Also I would like to thank all parents, teachers, principal Lin Glinton and St. Paul’s Methodist College Alumni Community Liaison Officers Bishop Ricardo Grant, Universal Household of Faith and Bishop Kermit Saunders Sr., Kingdom Worship Center International who not only patronized but also ensured that former students and their parents, siblings and friends lent support as well.
“Without the support of the community this event would not have been as wonderful as it continues to be and I extended sincerest thanks to Aliv, Freeport Jewelers, Bristol Sellers, Burns House, Jon Wes Shoe Store, JAGS, Sawyer’s Fresh Market, Control Chemicals, Burger King Restaurant, BWA Wholesale Distributors, Kross Town, the Ministry of Works, Ritchie’s Calypso Shoe Store, Rochelle Dickenson, photographer Kathy Forbes, Min. Andrew Stuart, Earle (Daddy Steelie) Neeley, The Freeport News, ZNS Radio and Television and performers Angel Clarke, Treasure Wallace, Raven Grant and Waynesia Thompson as well as student volunteers.
“We are hoping to raise enough funds to help us return to a new, improved and completed campus on Clive and Hudson Avenues; the home of the Saints.
“Many have benefitted directly or indirectly from the work of St. Paul’s Methodist College, as it is a great institution that continues to strive to move forward in faith to achieve success in all aspects of education, athletics, the arts and Christendom to produce the best and the brightest minds in the Bahamas and the world at large.
“The school has been an integral part of the community for more than five decades and as principal Glinton stated in earlier interviews every penny garnered from the 2nd Annual Night of Jazz Under the Stars as well as other initiatives would help current students continue in the dynamic academic legacy this top quality pacesetting educational institution is known for and hopes to continue for another 50 years into the future,” revealed Farrington.
Anonymous donors and sponsors were also thanked for their generosity; plans are already underway to ensure that a Night of Jazz Under the Stars 2018 is even bigger and better said Farrington, who encouraged the public to visit Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/St-Pauls-Methodist-College-Alumni-951663751616190/?hc_ref=SEARCH for more information about the event and to learn about other upcoming projects and initiatives scheduled to occur throughout the year (2017) bringing the school another step closer to its goal of returning to it original home campus.
Published Wednesday, February 15, 2017