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Euphoria Charity Concert set to expand in 2015

Published:Tuesday | January 20, 2015 | 1:00 AMShereita Grizzle
Mr Vegas

Last month, the children at the Mustard Seed Communities were gifted with over $250,000 worth of non-perishable food items, thanks to Mr Vegas Foundation and his Euphoria Charity Concert and food drive, and already, the entertainer has plans to expand his contribution in 2015.

Admitting that the Foundation didn't completely meet its outlined targets because of poor weather on the night of the concert, Mr Vegas is hopeful that this year will be better. "We wanted to do so much more than we did, but it rained on the night and that hampered the turnout a bit," he told The Gleaner. "Targets were not completely met, but we are thankful for what we were able to achieve. The rains did ease and the people that did turn up left the venue satisfied. Hopefully, this year things will be bigger and better."

Vegas also told The Gleaner that had it not been for the support from numerous celebrities who participated in the 'celebrity packing', as well as corporate help from Eve and different supermarkets across the Corporate Area, the contribution made could have been significantly less. "It is not easy to host any event in Jamaica, and if you think that a charity event makes things easier, then you're mistaken," he said.

CHALLENGES FACED

Explaining the challenges he faced, Vegas said that he has new-found respect for promoters and other persons who host events in Jamaica. "Having gone through the process myself, I lift my hats off to promoters still hosting events, because it is not easy. It was hard to get sponsors to come on board and even with sponsors, these days things are just difficult." He then went on to give his perspective on why he believes there are less events being held in Jamaica. "When a man decides to host an event, he should also decide to stand some losses. Getting sponsorship is hard enough and the Government doesn't help either. There is nothing to be gained from it anymore," he said. "Even with charity events, there are huge costs that comes with that and if things don't turn out the way you anticipated, there is no refund to be had."

Despite the difficulties, Vegas is determined to expand his efforts for the 2015 installation of Euphoria, as he hopes to contribute to more than just the Mustard Seed Communities. "I see this expanding to reach more than just Mustard Seed, so I'm working on it," he said. "I don't have all the details because it's still very early, but I know I want to do more."

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