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Astra: a night under the stars

Published:Sunday | September 14, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Earl Jarrett (left), JNBS general manager, and Dr Parris Lyew-Ayee Jr.
Specially invited guests enjoying the affair.
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Krysta Anderson, Lifestyle Writer

THE NIGHT was young and so were the fashionably chic who came out to partake of the all-inclusive festivities titled Astra: A night under the stars.

Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS), in association with the JN Way, a youth-inspired group, pulled out all the stops in keeping the star-studded location a secret leading up to the event. Shuttled via scheduled bus rides from JNBS's head office on Constant Spring Road, St Andrew, the fun and fabulous groups were whisked off to higher grounds and were pretty soon greeted by colourful lights at a private residence up in the hills of Chancery Hall Estate.

Arriving at the location, scores of specially invited youth ambassadors and young socialites gathered under starry skies to partake in the delectable offerings served buffet style and indulge in the diverse cocktail mixes from the open bar.

With the music blazing at full volume, you would think dancing would be automatic and contagious. Instead, a mingling frenzy ensued, with little dancing or rocking. But then, JN rolled out the musical stylings of DJ Kurt Riley and DJ Jay Cool, which kicked the party into higher gear.

The Cinderellas of the ball - dressed in peplums, deep cuts, elegantly long and short cocktail dresses - coupled up and danced the night away with the dashingly suited or casually clad with a touch of class Prince Charmings. High pumps and stilettos were tossed aside and traded in for bare feet, as the sophisticated got down and dirty, creating their personal space on the dance floor.

As the clock struck midnight, there was no sign of the carriage turning into a pumpkin and so the celebrations under the stars overlooking the city continued.

The night was designed for frolic and fun by JN to help the young ambassadors celebrate the hope of financial prosperity - the Astra way.

krysta.anderson@gleanerjm.com