Business leaders thrill with Food, Fashion and Dance
Jamaica's 'Governor', Lloyd B. Smith, was dubbed the 'Don of the Dancehall', while JAMPRO's Conrad Robinson derobed and danced his heart out, winning many fans at the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry's Food, Fashion and Dance (FFAD) last Saturday night.
In photo: Joy Clark (left) share lens with Davon Crump and Gloria Henry, president of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce.
Now in its fourth year, the annual charity event staged to raise funds for the My MoBay Clean Up Initiative, has convinced corporate companies to pay to have their brands represented on the runway by their executives.
MBJ Airports Limited toasted Sharon Hislop, Digicel showcased the faces of Joy Clark and Ricky Purkiss, and Hard Rock CafÈ presented their chief operating officer (COO), AndrÈ Dixon. All turned Fashion models wearing Courtney Washington, Paula Hurlock's Indigo Fashion and Annmarie Cadogan's Elegance Boutique pieces, the runway was theirs to conquer.
In photo: From left: Rick Burrowes, director of operations at Rose Hall Development; Nersibelis Rodriquez- Burrowes; Seion Wintz, director of food and beverage at Beaches Negril; and colleague, executive chef Juan Morrison.
Like the Hard Rock COO, the men were again a hit this year, with Global Outsourcing Solution's Davon Crump taking the spotlight and Pier One's Robert Russell looking like a king in his robe.
The brainchild of Joy Clark, the event has upped the ante over the years, gaining immense respect from the business community, so much so that Jamaica Public Service Company's Kelly Tomblin and the Montego Bay Convention Centre's Dittie Guise were among the big shots on stage.
The two brought with them managers from their organisations - Rasheed Anderson and Aceon Cunningham, who strutted their stuff wearing local designer, Earl's Fashion.
"I wanted an event that would cut across all demographics, attracting all ages, and that we have successfully achieved this with FFAD," stated a satisfied Clark.
In photo: The JPS crew (from left): President and CEO Kelly Tomblin, Rasheed Anderson, parish manager; and regional director T’shura Gibbs.
For a long time the perception of the Chamber was that it was an exclusive organisation catering to certain persons, so they made a decision to try and change that.
With over 300 persons in attendance, five restaurants and two bars catered to their needs. Round Hill, Sandals, El Greco Resort, Fun and Sun restaurant, Margaritaville, Hard Rock Cafe and Day O Plantation, all joined hands with Option's Launa Alvaranga and Andy Daswani of Shoppes at Rose Hall in giving Montegonians a special treat.
Food, Fashion and Dance is staged every year on the last Saturday in January.