Jamaica, US Kiwanis clubs jointly stage fundraiser
OCHO RIOS, St Ann:
It has taken a joint effort between two service clubs in Jamaica and the United States, along with Jewel Resorts, to raise funds to enable both clubs to continue serving their respective jurisdictions.
Last year, the Kiwanis Club of the Garden Parish (St Ann) and the Kiwanis Club of Brighton in New York collaborated to do a joint fundraising event in the United States, with proceeds being split between the two clubs.
With support from Jewel Resorts, the clubs launched the 'Jewels of Jamaica' raffle, which was held in New York, with Jordan Neuringer and his wife Jamie spearheading the drive.
There were three main prizes, each one a fabulous all-inclusive vacation at the three Jewel properties in St Ann - Dunn's River, Runaway Bay and Paradise Cove.
Last Tuesday, at a handover ceremony at Evita's Italian Restaurant in Ocho Rios, Jordan Neuringer handed over a cheque for J$505,000 to the Kiwanis Club of the Garden Parish, which represents the club's share of the proceeds.
Neuringer said tickets were rolled out in February at a convention and sales ended at another convention in June. In between, tickets were sold at various other events. Winners were selected at the end of June.
"All three (winners) are very enthusiastic about coming to see the wonders of Jamaica over the next year," he disclosed.
"It is so rare for two countries to do fundraising together," he observed.
The Kiwanis Club of Brighton intends to use its share of the proceeds to establish a playground for children with disabilities, while the St Ann club will seek to establish sickbays at some schools in the parish with their part of the proceeds.
- C. G.