JCC Sameer Younis Foundation : 35 Years and Strong
For the 35th staging of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce Grand Charity Ball, the elegant black tie event maintains it finesse and warm hearted initiative.
Guests looked like they were ripped from the pages of a fairy tale as the glided into the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Saturday November 5th. They were a sight to behold, and all for a worthy cause -as they formally launched the JCC Sameer Younis Foundation.
The foundation (formerly the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce Civic Affairs Committee) has for the past 35 years, worked to encourage community growth. They have worked hard to live up to their mission statement, ‘empowering the citizens of our nation to create harmony and to enhance the quality of lives in the communities they live in.’
They had even incorporated the Institute of Management and Production (IMP) now The University College of the Caribbean (UCC) to develop a youth leadership training programme for youth leaders in inner-city communities as well as member of the Jamaica Constabulary force.
In his speech, Chairman Sameer Younis noted that the programme was and remains tailored to provide, “training in human and interpersonal relationships, family life, anger management, conflict resolution and community leadership, while enabling participants to secure employability skills.”
The program that runs three days per week, has trained up to 4000 persons. Younis noted that this is a testament that the programme is having a positive impact.
He added, “We (the foundation) recognise the role we must play in engaging our young people to be the best they can be. This is in order to make Jamaica a better place with a brighter future.”
Among the formalities was a brief speech by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, commending the JCC Sameer Younis Foundation for their commendable efforts over the past 35 years.
Though it was a charity ball it was not all business, and lived up to its vibrant reputation. The duo We Can Dance, entertained the crowd as they took part in their lovely four course meal, then Younis opened the floor with wife Leila as Fab 5 kicked the party into over drive.
The Charity Ball would not be great without a cabaret performance and Gem Myers floored audience with her booming vocals. Guests sang along while others rocked along in their cheers.
It was then time for all to take the floor and dance the night away.