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United Way concert spreads Christmas cheer

Published:Wednesday | December 17, 2014 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle
Kids enjoying themselves at the concert
Karen Smith
Dr Michael Abrahams was up to his usual antics.
Carlene Davis delivered an inspiring performance

The spirit of giving was alive inside the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium on Old Hope Road recently, as The United Way of Jamaica (UWJ) staged its inaugural annual Christmas fund-raising concert.

The Live United concert, which sought to raise funds to develop early childhood institutions and programmes in Jamaica, not only managed to achieve its main goal, but also helped to spread a little Christmas cheer to scores of children who turned up at the event.

Boasting a star-studded line-up, which included the likes of George Nooks, Carlene Davis, Karen Smith, Gem Myers, among others, the concert catered to patrons of all ages. The event delivered on its promise of pure entertainment, with music from all genres, as well as dance pieces from the Wolmer's Dance Troupe.

With the event now behind them, the organisers are boasting of its success. In an interview with The Gleaner, United Way's campaign and communications manager, Althea Bennett, said the concert could not have been better. "This was our first concert and we are happy with the way things turned out. It was highly successful and the kids enjoyed themselves."

Chairman of the UWJ, Ian Forbes, echoed the sentiments of Bennett, saying that while the show intended to satisfy the entertainment needs of the various age groups, it was also a means of partnering with Jamaicans from all walks of life who wanted to give back.

Sponsored by VM Wealth Management, Supreme Ventures, Jamaica National Building Society, The Gleaner Company, and others, the event generated generosity, with donations being made to three homes across the Corporate Area. The staging was so successful that the organisers are planning on making it an annual event.

"This was our inaugural event so, of course, we are planning to make it bigger and better next year," said Bennett.

The UWJ is a non-profit, private voluntary organisation, registered as a charitable organisation, and is an affiliate of United Way Worldwide. The UWJ's main focus is to bring donors, volunteers, community leaders and other stakeholders together to address the society's pressing needs with key focus on education, health and income generation.