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Charities to benefit from Jazz in the Gardens

Published:Thursday | April 30, 2015 | 4:00 AM

While patrons are enjoying the second in the series of Jazz in the Gardens concerts titled 'Ivories in Konversation' this Sunday, starting at 6 p.m., at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, they will also be making a charitable contribution to the Best Care Foundation and the Elsie Bemand Home for Girls.

The Best Care Foundation is a privately run institution which was established in 1976 and caters to mentally challenged children and young adults from ages four to 21 years old. The institution also provides residential accommodation, a therapeutic environment through the dispensation of nursing, dental and medical care. The foundation, which depends heavily on donations from the private sector, also provides special educational opportunities for the children and young adults in their care, as well as social interaction and sporting activities.

The Elsie Bemand Home for Girls, a privately run home, was established in 1979 as a project of the St Andrew Business and Professional Women's Club in partnership with the Jamaica Methodist Church. The home was established as a temporary shelter for girls between the ages of 12 to 18, who are in need of care and protection, and who were not involved in violent crimes. During the years of existence, over 750 girls have been admitted to the home for periods ranging from overnight to years. The girls attend various schools in the corporate area. Some have been successful in CXC and CAPE examinations and have gone on to attend various tertiary institutions, including UWI, UTech, The Mico University College and others.

 

Top musicians

 

Jazz in the Gardens: Ivories in Konversation will see a stellar line-up of Jamaica's masters at the keyboards, who will be sharing their musical prowess on stage. They are: Ozou'ne, Jon Williams, Andre Campbell, Robbie Lyn and Othniel 'Ottey' Lewis. Special guest Dwight Richards will no doubt excite the audience on trumpet and vocals with Desi Jones and Friends as the backing band. The concert is endorsed by Kool 97 FM, with associate sponsorship provided by Clear Sound Production Services; Power 106/ Music 99; The Jamaica Pegasus hotel; MC Decor Rental and Supplies, and OJay's Premium.

The salubrious and intimate setting of The Jamaica Pegasus gardens has been the home of this popular event for over 14 years and has featured many world-class local and international performers from the US, Canada, St Lucia, Trinidad, Guyana, and South Africa. Among them are: Barbara Walker, Rosemary Phillips, Courtney Fadlin, Lorraine Klassen, Sherita Hunt, Daren Shepherd, Ernie Ranglin, Dr Kathy Brown, Dean Fraser, Desi Jones, The Butler Brothers, AJ Brown, and many more.