Karrie Williams, Gleaner Writer
Delicious food, great music, and a stellar performance from dancehall artiste Agent Sasco kick-started Christmas celebrations for employees of Riu Palace in Montego Bay on Friday night when the hotel hosted its annual staff party, held at Caribbean Showplace, in Ironshore.
From as early as 9 p.m., the enthusiastic workers, all decked out in the latest fashion and some accompanied by family and friends, began arriving at the venue, no one wanting to miss out on the Agent Sasco treat.
While DJ HQ from Falmouth-based disco Hyperactive Sound Station did an excellent job of keeping the early vibes flowing inside the clubroom, the party atmosphere became significantly heightened when Sasco took to the stage shortly before 1 a.m.
He was greeted by loud applause from the excited patrons, who immediately rushed to fill all the vacant spaces close to the stage.
Belting out hits such as Roughest and Step Pon Dem, Sasco worked the platform effortlessly, often bending to touch the outstretched hands of energetic revellers, many of whom also brandished cell phones to capture his performance.
Other highlights of the night included a variety menu food station and open bar, which kept the workers satisfied while they partied up a storm.
There was also a number of gate prizes for some lucky winners, including a flat-screen television, a tablet, a standing fan, and gift baskets.
Several performance awards were also handed out to workers by Frank Sondern, general manager of Riu Palace.
Recipients took home certificates, bottles of champagne, and cash prizes. Of notable mention is Steve Frazer, from the Grounds Department, who, for the second year in a row, was voted his department's employee of the year.
After completing the presentations, Sondern thanked the staff for another year of hard work and expressed his pleasure at being the team's leader.