Fifty and Fabulous soiree
At least one friend who she shared her playpen with as a toddler, two from boarding school, Kiwanians, Rotarians, former Guardian Life colleagues and a husband born in The Bahamas were among the persons celebrating attorney-at-law Doneth Cartwright's 50th birthday party.
Cartwright, who turned 50 on Saturday, May 20, was surrounded by 60 friends and family members, whose lives she has touched over the past half a century.
The '50 and Fabulous' soiree, which was not just a cliche, transformed Spanish Court's Valencia LM into a ballroom setting fit for a queen. Her plans to host a beach party at Frenchman's Cove in Port Antonio, Portland, were derailed, but that did not stop this once-in-a-lifetime celebration from reaching the apex.
In fact, Cartwright's guests came to party, but not before they were privy to the fine-dining dinner experience and professional service delivered at St Andrew's newest event venue.
When it came time to pay tribute to the birthday girl, the comments were inspirational, stirring and admirable.
"She has this spirit of joie de vivre, which allows us to call her friend. She is fiercely loyal, and always there when you need a friend," said her 'bestie', Ella Drummond-Hoyos.
Drummond-Hoyos added that what was most special about her friend of 38 years was her rich sense of humour.
Cartwright was described as a woman who carries her star quality wherever she goes, and this was confirmed by her husband, Mykul Cartwright and her Bahamian friends. "She transformed fundraising at our Rotary club and has that willingness to help," said Sandy Woodside, speaking on behalf of her Bahamian friends.
The team Cartwright worked with at Guardian Life Jamaica, spoke of a leader who impacted their lives in a positive way, however, it was when her son, Damani Reid stood up to speak that the birthday girl became emotional.
"She is caring, loving, respectful, patient, hardworking and very determined," said her son.