MoBay’s mayor seeking $7m from upcoming charity ball
Organisers of the upcoming Montego Bay Mayor's Charity Ball, slated for Saturday, December 1, will be seeking to raise $7 million to be used to care for less fortunate children, senior citizens and the homeless in St James.
The event, which will be a black-tie affair, will be held under a huge tent on the lawns of the world-famous Rose Hall Great House in the western city. Former Prime Minister Bruce Golding will be the special guest.
"Between tickets and sponsorship, we are looking at $7 million this year, because this year we want to make these Christmas treats bigger and better," said Mayor Homer Davis, who spoke at the launch of the event at the Pier One complex on Thursday night.
Like last year, the organisers sought to bring out between 450 and 500 patrons from St James and other western parishes to lend their support to the event.
"We are looking to sell 450 tickets this year. That is our target," Davis explained. "It is an event where we seek to raise funds and the funds that we seek to raise is to the benefit our less fortunate," he added.
"It's not for us (the St James Municipal Corporation). It is to make the children who are living in rural St James have a lovely and memorable Christmas," continued the mayor. "Our senior citizens, we will be making sure that the packages are ready early so even before the day, we can start distributing packages across the parish."
The 2017 inaugural staging of the Montego Bay Mayor's Charity Ball raised $5 million. The funds were used to host five Christmas treats, one in each of the five constituencies in St James. The five events brought cheer to more than 5,000 children, 500 elderly residents and more than 100 homeless people.
"It was a huge success," said Davis of the event, which was staged at the Montego Bay Convention Centre and attracted hundreds of business leaders from western Jamaica.