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women of western Jamaica to be honored at International Women’s Day brunch

Published:Monday | March 2, 2015 | 3:00 AM
Executive chef and general manager of Seawind Beach Club Luis Fitch (centre) is flanked by a few of the members of the Let’s Do Brunch planning committee from left: Patrique Goodall, Julaire Hall, Ashley-Ann Foster and Bethany Young.

A group of high-ranking women from some of western Jamaica's top organisations are to be honoured at a special brunch on International Women's Day, Sunday, March 8.

The inaugural event, Let's Do Brunch, takes place at the Seawind Beach Club in the Second City.

The honourees include Audrey Hinchcliffe, CEO and founder of Manpower and Maintenance Services Limited; Montego Freezone's Gloria Henry; Director of UWI's Western Jamaica Campus Dr Luz Longsworth; Rotary International's Michelle Daswani; Digicel's Joy Clark; Kiwanis International's Hope Markes; Jewel Resort's Carol Burke; newly appointed regional director of the Jamaica Tourist Board, Janice Allen; attorney-at-law Jeanne Robinson-Foster, and philanthropist, veteran journalist and businesswoman Janet Silvera. Silvera will play double duty as honoree and as host for the day.

Treating guests to a five-star menu is famed award-winning executive chef and general manager of Seawind Beach Club and Calypso Restaurant, Luis Fitch. Fitch, a Mexican national, has led and worked in more than six countries, copping numerous awards, including the Five Star Diamond Award for excellence from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences.

"Western Jamaica is home to many movers and shakers in the country, and often their immense contribution goes unnoticed. A key part of the event will be recognising and toasting the strides of these women and uplifting and inspiring a new generation of women. Let's Do brunch will provide a comfortable atmosphere in which women can network, learn and connect with each other, and at the same time raise funds for a worthy cause," said Patrique Goodall, brainchild of Let's Do Brunch.

One hundred per cent of

proceeds will go directly towards three charities - the Good Shepherd Foundation, MoBay City Run Scholarship Fund and the Patti-Ann Allyssa Lothian Foundation for Youth.

Entertainment for the day will include a live jazz band as well as selections from songstress Karen Smith. There will also be an intimate look at fashion from Montego Bay's own leading fashion designer Arlene Martin's line - Drenna Luna.

The brunch begins at 10:30 a.m. and runs until 2:30 in the afternoon. Tickets are $3,000 and can be purchased at Seawind Beach Club, Rainforest Seafoods or by emailing info@goodallandco.com.