Saint Lu­cian Au­thor Arnold Henry Wins Vir­gin Ra­dio Cal­gary’s $98k Dream Wed­ding

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Clau­dia Elei­box

Thirty-year-old Arnold Henry has been keen on fol­low­ing all his dreams and it seems like he is al­ways suc­cess­ful with achiev­ing them.

He grew up in the city of Cas­tries, Saint Lu­cia with his small fam­ily. Like so many Saint Lu­cian child­hood sto­ries he suf­fered from typ­i­cal Caribbean strug­gles such as an un­sta­ble fam­ily. As a form of es­cape, Arnold turned to bas­ket­ball. Al­though he never got any proper train­ing, pre­sum­ably be­cause of the lack of re­sources in Saint Lu­cia and within his fam­ily, he didn’t give up on his goal of some day be­com­ing pro­fes­sional.

Arnold’s per­se­ver­ance paid off and he was the first Saint Lu­cian to be awarded a Divi­sion 1 Men’s Col­lege Bas­ket­ball Schol­ar­ship. He played for the Na­tional Col­le­giate Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion Divi­sion I, which was the high­light of his bas­ket­ball ca­reer. But un­for­tu­nate cir­cum­stances pre­vented young Arnold from con­tin­u­ing with his dreams. His younger brother Aloy­sius Henry is now pur­su­ing it for them both, win­ning a bas­ket­ball schol­ar­ship him­self and mak­ing news head­lines.

Arnold now lives in Al­berta, Canada where he is a bas­ket­ball coach at ABC Skills De­vel­op­ment. He lives with fi­ancée Stephanie Beninger. The cou­ple have an adorable son, who they are al­ways in­clud­ing in their so­cial me­dia mem­o­ries. (The cute­ness over­load must have gained him more views!)

Arnold moved on to pub­lish­ing an au­to­bi­og­ra­phy Hang­ing On To My Dreams de­tail­ing his bas­ket­ball years, and a se­quel en­ti­tled Re­birth. As pa­tri­otic as they come, Arnold al­ways em­pha­sizes that he is a Saint Lu­cian writer.

Of course, no achieve­ment could be of higher es­teem in Arnold’s heart than hav­ing a beau­ti­ful fam­ily, but his big­gest win and suc­cess hap­pened on Fe­bru­ary 27, 2017. Vir­gin Ra­dio Cal­gary tweeted the win­ner for its $98,000 Dream Wed­ding com­pe­ti­tion, and the cou­ple most voted for was none other than Stephanie and Arnold.

The pair’s pop­u­lar­ity and per­sis­tence was a force to be reck­oned with for the other com­peti­tors. They made it to the top ten with an in­spir­ing video of the mem­o­ries of their en­gage­ment. After that a number of videos were posted for their cam­paign, which in­cluded the story of the birth of their son, a heart-wrench­ing mis­car­riage of their twin girls and some light-hearted mo­ments in their re­la­tion­ship. Stephanie and Arnold were out not just to win votes but hearts too. Their com­mu­nity, fam­ily and friends, plus friends of all the afore­men­tioned were dili­gent in vot­ing for the cou­ple.

Arnold’s mother and Stephanie have never met each other but, thanks to the re­cent win, they will fi­nally be able to set the wheels in mo­tion for this over­due oc­ca­sion.

Arnold shared an­other video of him call­ing his mother to de­liver the good news. Need­less to say, she was ec­static that her son is fi­nally get­ting mar­ried, and even hap­pier that she would fi­nally be able to meet her fu­ture daugh­ter-in-law and grand­son. We can just imag­ine how ex­cited the ladies must be to plan a wed­ding with such a huge bud­get!

Win­ning this com­pe­ti­tion was a suc­cess for ev­ery­one in­volved. Con­grat­u­la­tions Stephanie and Arnold!

En­gaged cou­ple Stephanie and Arnold claim­ing their win of Vir­gin Ra­dio Cal­gary’s $98,000 Dream Wed­ding.

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