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Rotary New Heights hosts fundraiser at Redbones

Published:Friday | June 19, 2015 | 12:00 AM
dBurnz takes a seat during his performance.
Christopher 'Johnny' Daley had the audience in stitches.
Duane Stephenson
Mario Evon (right) performing with guitarist Mario Morgan.
Coleen Lewis (right), president of the Rotary Club of Trafalgar New Heights, presents a cheque to Fabian Brown at Redbones Blues Cafe, New Kingston, last week Saturday.

Since Coleen B. Lewis, university lecturer, attorney-at-law and member of the Jamaican Folks Singers, became president of the Rotary Club of Trafalgar New Heights in July 2014, the club set out to use the arts as an instrument to Inspire Youth and give Service above Self, the international organisation's mandate.

It was, therefore, natural that the Rotary Club's final fund-raiser for the Rotary year (July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015) was an acoustic show at Redbones Blues Café, New Kingston, on Saturday evening.

The audience, while enjoying their complimentary speciality club-themed drink 'New Heights', was treated to the smooth vocal talents of Duane Stephenson, Mackeehan and Tenuke Doyley, the energetic performance of up-and-coming artistes dBurnz and the Flash Mob, and the charming vocalist Mario Evon, ably backed by guitarist Mario Morgan. The show was emceed by musical director of the National Dance Theatre Company and attorney-at-law, Ewan Simpson.

The night was capped off with comedy by veteran Christopher 'Johnny' Daley, who had the audience eating from his hands and falling off their chairs in laughter.

The Rotary Club used the opportunity to make a presentation of a cheque to Fabian Brown as a contribution to his foundation's work with youth in Seaview Gardens.

The Rotary Club of Trafalgar New Heights has engaged in many projects benefiting the youth throughout the year. These included literacy projects in August Town, a kiddies' health fair and Christmas treat in Maverley, a peace forum for high-school students in Vineyard Town and the surrounding areas, a Peace and Conflict Resolution Performing Arts Camp in Seaview Gardens, a book drive for the Central Branch All-Age School library, a dictionary drive for Trench Town GSAT Programme, and a Theatre Technical Workshop at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, University of the West Indies.