JCC SAMEER YOUNIS FOUNDATION: 35 years strong
FOR THE 35th staging of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce Grand Charity Ball, the elegant black-tie event maintains it finesse and warmhearted initiative.
Guests looked like they were ripped from the pages of a fairy tale as they glided into The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on Saturday, November 5. They were a sight to behold, and all for a worthy cause – the formal launch of the JCC Sameer Younis Foundation.
The foundation (formerly the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce Civic Affairs Committee) has, for the past 35 years, worked to encourage community growth. They have worked hard to live up to their mission statement, ‘Empowering the citizens of our nation to create harmony and to enhance the quality of lives in the communities they live in.’
They had even incorporated the Institute of Management and Production now The University College of the Caribbean to develop a youth leadership training programme for youth leaders in inner-city communities, as well as member of the Jamaica Constabulary force.
In his speech, Chairman Sameer Younis noted that the programme was and remains tailored to provide “training in human and interpersonal relationships, family life, anger management, conflict resolution and community leadership, while enabling participants to secure employability skills””
The programme, which runs three days per week, has trained up to 4,000 persons. Younis noted that this is a testament that the programme is having a positive impact.
He added, “We (the foundation) recognise the role we must play in
engaging our young people to be the best they can be. This is in order to make Jamaica a better place with a brighter future.”
Among the formalities was a brief speech by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, commending the JCC Sameer Younis Foundation for their commendable efforts over the past 35 years.
Though it was a charity ball, it was not all business, and lived up to its vibrant reputation. The duo We Can Dance entertained the crowd as they enjoyed their lovely four-course meal, then Younis opened the floor with wife, Leila, as Fab 5 kicked the party into overdrive.
The charity ball would not be great without a cabaret performance and Gem Myers floored audience with her booming vocals. Guests sang along, while others rocked in their chairs.
It was then time for all to take the floor and dance the night away.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness (left) in conversation with (from second left) Minister of Industry, Commerce and Agriculture Karl Samuda; Warren McDonald, the president of the JCC; and Sameer Younis, chairman of the JCC Sameer Younis Foundation.
The Reynoldses – Bjorn and Kristen.
Milverton Reynolds, managing director of the Development Bank of Jamaica, and his wife, Mignonette.
Left:Boss Furniture’s Omar Azan and his fab wife, Lezanne.
Lascelles Chin, founder and executive chairman of the LASCO Group of Companies, flanked by his wife, Dr Eileen Chin (right), and his daughter, Lisa.
The lovely Rohan and Janille Samuels.
Above: Opposition Spokesperson on Industry, Investment and Commerce Anthony Hylton and his wife, Yodit.