The New York premier of Bob Marley: The Making Of A Legend is being counted a success.
The event was held on August 26, at Tribeca Cinemas in Manhattan. The New York premier was the result of a partnership between the Caribbean Education Foundation, Inc (CEF) and filmmaker, Esther Anderson, nominated for an Oscar for the film A Warm December with Sidney Poitier and award-winning Jamaican actress, Gian Godoy.
The event was held as a benefit to raise funds for CEF Paul Bogle Scholarships, which enables brilliant, children to attend public high schools in Jamaica.
The benefit commenced with a stellar VIP reception with an open bar featuring splendid Hennessy cocktails and Terrazas Wines sponsored by Moët Hennessy USA; delicious Caribbean Cuisine catered by Negril Village Restaurant and a silent auction including rare, limited edition photographs of Bob Marley; a boxing glove signed by Muhammad Ali and a Thriller album autographed by Michael Jackson.
The event's guest speaker, Lorna Golding, presented a compelling speech on the critical importance of educating children throughout Jamaica and the Caribbean region.
In line with the benefit theme of 'Achieving Meaningful Independence by Educating our Youth', Golding not only discussed how an educated populace will enhance each country and region, but how vital it is in our interdependent global world.
The feature presentation lived up to its highly anticipated billing and fanfare. The film showed priceless footage of Bob Marley, lost for more than 30 years during his early years, before he became famous.
An attendee remarked, "To see Bob Marley in a real-life fashion in those so very early days, just being Bob, is more than words can convey."
For a brief moment, the audience was transported to a time when Marley was travelling throughout Jamaica with Anderson and writing lyrics for what would become platinum selling songs.
Viewers received previously unknown insights into the inspirations behind the Burnin' album and songs such as: I Shot the Sheriff and Get Up, Stand Up.
Global Press Release Distribution presented a New York state Assembly citation to Nikiki T. Bogle, Esq, the founder and president of the CEF.
In discussing the honour, Bogle said, "I am humbled and grateful that CEF's efforts to help provide meaningful access to education for poor children are being recognised."
The CEF is a registered tax-exempt non-profit organisation based in the United States. It operates with a dedicated team comprised entirely of volunteers.
While the organisation works with all levels of education, its focus is to enable high-school students in financial need to have meaningful access to quality education in Jamaica.
The Paul Bogle Scholarships purchase text books, school supplies, uniforms, meals and transportation.
Funds are very limited for CEF Scholarships, and the Foundation continues to urge individuals, groups, companies and organisations to visit its website, donate, sponsor and adopt a CEF student.
In 2008 and 2010, CEF awarded a total of $945,000 in student scholarships.
The proceeds from the Bob Marley: The Making of a Legend film screening, and VIP reception goes towards the 2011 Paul Bogle Scholarships The CEF 2011 Paul Bogle Scholarship Award recipients will be announced this month.