Lets do Brunch
Bottles of bubbly and a bevy of hats were the order of the day at the inaugural Let's Do Brunch, held last Sunday at the Seawind Beach Club in Montego Bay.
As celebrations of women took place all over the world, more than 200 women, including a few men, turned out to the International Women's Day event in the Second City.
The event was hosted by celebrated journalist and businesswoman Janet Silvera, to honour women of the west for their sterling contribution to various sectors.
Guest were treated to a gastronomic feast that included authentic Jamaican breakfast options - succulent lamb and beef, pastas and jerked chicken and pork, a variety of cheeses, eggs, shrimp cocktails, smoked salmon, and fresh shrimp ceviche. There was also an extensive fruit station and a dessert bar which were complemented by glasses of champagne and mimosas.
The women who were
honoured included: Audrey Hinchcliffe, CEO and chairman of Manpower and Maintenance Services Limited; Montego Freezone's Gloria Henry, first vice-president of the Montego Chamber of Commerce, for her community and social development activism; director of UWI's Western Jamaica Campus Dr Luz Longsworth, for education; Digicel's Joy Clark, for her
service to the telecoms industry; Dr Claudine Lewis, for health and heart-health promotion; Kiwanis International's Distinguished Governor Hope Markes; Jewel Resort's Managing Director Carol Bourke and newly appointed regional director of the Jamaica Tourist Board Janice Allen, for their contribution to the hospitality sector.
The Gleaner's Janet Silvera was also honoured for her long-standing work in the media and her role in helping to empower marginalised and abused women and children; Attorney-at-law Jeanne Robinson-Foster, for her significant contribution to the legal profession and community development; and Beverly Manley Duncan, celebrated broadcaster, novelist and women's rights activist.
Manley-Duncan was one of the driving forces behind the establishment of the Bureau of Women's Affairs and instrumental in the passing of the legislation for maternity leave with pay and equal pay for equal work.
Musical treats for Let's Do Brunch were provided by the all-female trio Colours, who took guests back in time with a medley of hits from the '70s and '80s. The dynamic songstress Karen Smith also lent her voice to the event and gave the performance of a lifetime with her renditions of Diana Ross' R-E-S-P-E-C-T and an encore performance of Helen Reddy's I am Woman.
Proceeds from the event will go to three charities that support education and the empowerment of the marginalised in western Jamaica - the Good Shepherd Foundation, the MoBay City Run Scholarship Fund, and the Patti-Ann Allyssa Lothian Foundation for Youth.