Let’s con­tinue to em­power our youth

Jamaica Gleaner - - SYF -

THE SPEC­TAC­U­LAR Ja­maica Pe­ga­sus Ho­tel in New Kingston will once again host the most highly an­tic­i­pated so­cial event, the JCC Sameer You­nis Foun­da­tion Grand Charity Ball, on Satur­day, Novem­ber 5, be­gin­ning at 6:30 p.m.

This year’s milestone stag­ing is be­ing held un­der the theme: ‘35 Years of De­vel­op­ing Fu­ture Lead­ers’.

Gover­nor Gen­eral Sir Pa­trick Allen and Lady Allen have again con­sented to be­ing the dis­tin­guished pa­trons, and will head the list of spe­cially in­vited guests, in­clud­ing Prime Min­is­ter An­drew Hol­ness and Juliet Hol­ness.

The ball will also be used to for­mally launch the JCC Sameer You­nis Foun­da­tion, named in hon­our of long­stand­ing chair­man of the Charity Ball’s Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee, Sameer You­nis, OJ, CD, JP.

Head­line spon­sors in­clude: Supreme Ven­tures Lim­ited, The Ja­maica Pe­ga­sus Ho­tel, J. Wray and Nephew Lim­ited and Chas. E. Ram­son.

Pa­trons are guar­an­teed to once again have a mar­vel­lous time, as the or­gan­is­ers are tak­ing ev­ery step to en­sure that JCC Sameer You­nis Foun­da­tion Grand Charity Ball 2016 sur­passes all oth­ers as the most mem­o­rable to be staged in its 35-year his­tory.

The evening will kick off with the cus­tom­ary cock­tails af­ter which the JCC Sameer You­nis Foun­da­tion will be for­mally launched. Dancing and din­ner will fol­low the launch and guests will be treated to an exquisite cabaret show with scin­til­lat­ing per­for­mances by vo­cal­ist Gem My­ers, ac­com­pa­nied by time­less mu­si­cal ex­po­nents, Fab 5 Band.

They will, un­doubt­edly, set the tone for the re­main­der of the evening which fea­tures, among other things, dancing to the band’s reper­toire of un­matched hits.

Guests will also have chances to win one of nine at­trac­tive prizes up for grabs. They in­clude air­line tick­ets, com­pli­ments of Amer­i­can Air­lines and Caribbean Air­lines; week­end for two, com­pli­ments of Half Moon Ho­tel, San­dals Re­sort in Ja­maica, Cou­ples Re­sort, Super Clubs; Ja­maica spa Chair­man Sameer You­nis and his wife, Leila, at last year's JCC Sameer You­nis Grand Charity Ball.

ex­pe­ri­ence com­pli­ments of Adam & Eve Day Spa; din­ner for two cour­tesy of Span­ish Court Ho­tel and brunch for two com­pli­ments of Terra Nova All Suite Ho­tel.

The pro­ceed­ings will be ex­pertly and smoothly guided by mas­ter of

cer­e­monies, Dr Ag­grey Irons at the helm.

You­nis ad­vises that the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the pro­ceeds will be the Ja­maica Cham­ber of Com­merce’s In­ner-City De­vel­op­ment projects, and the JCC Sameer You­nis Foun­da­tion Life and Fam­ily Val­ues Cam­paign. SOME LEAD­ERS are born while oth­ers de­velop over time. Ei­ther way, they play very im­por­tant roles in ad­vanc­ing what­ever en­gage­ments they par­tic­i­pate in.

For the past 35 years, the JCC Sameer You­nis Foun­da­tion (for­merly known as The Ja­maica Cham­ber of Com­merce Civic Af­fairs Com­mit­tee) has been stead­fast in its mis­sion of as­sist­ing Ja­maica’s youth, par­tic­u­larly those in in­nercity com­mu­ni­ties, to re­po­si­tion them­selves as pro­duc­tive cit­i­zens.

We have con­sis­tently as­sisted them to achieve this by in­cor­po­rat­ing these per­sons and other stake­hold­ers in ac­tiv­i­ties, such as the Lead­er­ship Train­ing Pro­gramme.

This is un­der­taken three times a year, and brings to­gether some 50 in­ner-city res­i­dents with 10 mem­bers of the Ja­maica Con­stab­u­lary Force (JCF), for a six-week train­ing course.

It teaches them hu­man and in­ter-per­sonal re­la­tions, con­flict res­o­lu­tion, anger man­age­ment, fam­ily life val­ues, and en­trepreneur­ship, among other things.

As a Foun­da­tion, we recog­nise the im­por­tance of this and other en­gage­ments and their ef­fec­tive­ness in shap­ing the par­tic­i­pants’ fu­ture, par­tic­u­larly the young peo­ple, and, by ex­ten­sion, that of Ja­maica.

The Foun­da­tion is, in­deed, thank­ful to all of the com­pa­nies and per­sons who have sup­ported the event over the years and con­tinue to do so.

Your sup­port has en­abled us to en­sure that we can and will con­tinue to reach out and as­sist as many per­sons as is pos­si­ble.

We are mind­ful of the need for strong lead­er­ship in Ja­maica and are grate­ful that you have all turned out this evening to join us as we cel­e­brate ‘35 Years of De­vel­op­ing Fu­ture Lead­ers’

I in­vite us to re-ded­i­cate our­selves, as a so­ci­ety, to pro­vide the level of sup­port for our youth, who are, in­deed, the foun­da­tion of Ja­maica’s emerg­ing lead­er­ship. Sameer You­nis Chair­man Sameer You­nis Foun­da­tion

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