Meet the ladies of the manor who make up the Friends of Devon House Committee
The historic Devon House located in Kingston, Jamaica, has the distinction of being the only 11-acre 'green' space in this city of nearly one million people. The property is a fully registered heritage site, and has strong, sentimental value to Jamaicans of all walks of life, whether resident on the island or elsewhere in the world.
Since 2009, the management of Devon House was informed of the Government's intention to remove the property from the national budget. This meant that apart from commercial rentals on-site, additional ways had to be found for the site to be self-funded, operating with the mandate to allow free access to all persons wishing to visit the property.
In that year, executive director of Devon House Development Limited, Janette Taylor, proposed the formation of a committee dedicated to the sourcing of funds for the preservation and operation of the property through fund-raising activities. Thus, the "Friends of Devon House" (FODH) Philanthropic Committee was formed.
The committee currently includes Marilyn Bennett as the new chair, along with other members, who, together, make a great team of volunteers: Janette Stewart, Beverley Levy, Ann Marie Wyss, Jean Lowrie-Chin, Nicola Barbar, Maxine Hogarth-Spence, V. Sonya Parchment, Diana Gibson, Celeste Gordon, and Gloria Palomino. The late chef extraordinaire, Norma Shirley, was also a member up to the time of her passing in November 2010.
The group has, to date, staged a number of events, best known of which is its Elegant Dinner & Auction. The dinner, now a calendar event, is the group's flagship fund-raising event. Set for Thursday, October 24, the event will feature a number of local chefs such as Dennis McIntosh, Alicia Woodbine-James, Colin Hylton, and Celeste Gordon. Proceeds from all fund-raising activities are targeted to various projects for the property, which are determined in concert with the board and management of Devon House.
The Friends of Devon House Philanthropic Committee depends heavily on sponsorship from corporate Jamaica, and the support of friends and well-wishers. Today, Flair Magazine explores the wishes of these philanthropic women for Devon House.
i wish for Devon House to be kept as part of our history because it is really such a great house. I remember growing up as a child, coming here for ice cream. I just love that my children can now get to enjoy the same sweet indulgence.
i wish that we, the friends of Devon House, will have sufficient funds to keep Devon House free for everyone, particularly the children. Jamaicans should respect and cherish this heritage site, treating it with the care it truly deserves.
i wish for Devon House to continue to be an oasis for Jamaicans of all walks of like, especially in these stressful times. It's so good to be able to pause and enjoy its natural beauty. Also, because it was built by Jamaica's first black millionaire, I hope it inspires Jamaicans to have a vision and advance like Mr Stiebel and uplift their fellow Jamaicans. So for me, I wish for continued relaxation and inspiration.
i wish for Devon House to be really profitable and for people to really appreciate it for the heritage site that it is.
i wish that they would build a wedding chapel
here at Devon House. It has always been an idea of mine to building a
wedding chapel some time
i wish that the property will be well
maintained so that it can be enjoyed by one and all. I also wish that
the people coming to visit will treat the property with utmost pride,
treating it like their own home, helping to maintain the property's high