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The roaring 20s for Sugarcane

Published:Sunday | February 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera
Sister Act: James Goren sandwiched by twins Keneea Linton George (left) and Dr Kenisha Linton.
PROVEN Wealth's Belinda Williams knows how to let her hair down and have a good time.
Carol and Ken Radtken came out to party.
Margaritaville Caribbean's Ian Dear and his very fetching wife Carla.
Betsy Stephens (centre) flanked by her daughters, Sarah Jane (left) and Charlotte.
Newly appointed Director of Tourism, Donovan White, with Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Jennifer Griffiths.
Chargé d'affairs at the US Embassy Eric Khant, escorts his wife Halima into the ball.
Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett (right) with his take on the Gatsby dress code as he mingled with socialite Ned Brown (second right) and his senior advisor, Delano Seiveright (left) and his better half, the fabulous Daneil Campbell.
Fashion mogul, Ralph Lauren and his wife Ricky were all smiles after receiving a painting of their favorite place at Round Hill from the Hanover Charities team. Sharing in the moment is Josef Fortsmayr, managing director of Round Hill.<\n>
Young Phillip Casserly (left) makes a very dashing young man as he poses with relatives Silvia Hagler and Markus Prem.
Nailing the theme are from left: Giulio Vasaturo; Kedisha Tomlinson; Maurizio Scoppa and Amoi and Mike Issa.
A group of powerbrokers from left: British High Commissioner to Jamaica Asif Ahmad, his wife Zubeda; developer Michele Rollins; Wayne Murphy and his wife, Canadian ambassador to Jamaica, Laurie Peters; Head of the European Union Delegation to Jamaica, ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska; Sue McManus, and Hanover Charities' Daisy Soros, Katrin Casserly and Jennifer Flannagan.
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WESTERN BUREAU:

The staircases leading out of the elegant Round Hill Hotel lobby became a 1920s runway, as women strutted in, wearing some of the most fascinating couture, while some very dapper men played escorts at the annual Hanover Charities Sugarcane Ball.

Extravagantly beaded flapper dresses, glamorous feathered head pieces, flowing pearls and dazzling gloves, depicting the Roaring '20s, were the order of the event staged to top the US$500,000 made last year at western Jamaica's largest charity event.

On Saturday, February 17, the home of the rich and famous, took on the era, and between the walkways and the dining rooms at Round Hill, that transformation was obvious. It was an evening of great food, fabulous conversation pieces and contemporary music.

The event was held under the patronage of fashion moguls, Ralph and Ricky Lauren. The two were recognised for their unwavering commitment to destination Jamaica, by Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

The Laurens led a long list of celebrities at this year's event, including Virginia US Senator, Jill Vogel and her husband Alex; Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney; Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett; emissaries representing the Canadian, British and European Union and the Charges d' Affaires of the US embassy.

Renowned for its exciting silent and live auction prizes, this year's highlights included a helicopter tour and lunch with Goldeneye's Chris Blackwell; lunch for a party of six, with Jamaica's Ambassador to the US, Audrey Marks; vacation at Four Seasons Town and Country; and executive seats to a Manchester United match, plus a signed football shirt.

The live auction officiated by international auctioneer, Alexander Jilkes, itself earned over US$105,000, for the charity which is now 61 years old.

During its Jubilee, which was a significant milestone of philanthropy, benefiting the country's beautiful parish of Hanover, chairman of Hanover Charities, Katrin Casserly told Outlook that the organisation donated more than $54 million to worthwhile causes such as the Kitchen of Love a soup kitchen in Lucea feeding more than 600 persons every week, and installed six computer labs in primary and high schools across the parish.

"We support 177 scholarship students at the tertiary level, sponsor the annual health fair, serve various schools with feeding or remedial programmes and many more initiatives," she added.

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com