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Corporates Support Salvation Army

Published:Thursday | October 15, 2015 | 8:14 AM
From left: Major Gerrit Marseilles, Salvation Army territorial commander, Caribbean and wife, Eva; member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, Eastern Jamaica, Gavin Goffe and wife, Sanya; hotelier and guest speaker, Christopher Issa and wife, Kimberly; Major Joan and Darrell Wilkinson, divisional commander, Salvation Army, Eastern Jamaica and François St Juste, board member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, Eastern Jamaica.
From left: Major Vester Oates and husband, Selbourne, are all smiles having placed the winning bid to book their ticket on Fly Jamaica Airways. Making the presentation is the airline's training coordinator, Jackie Lyseight.
Elon Parkinson (centre), Salvation Army Eastern Jamaica Division advisory board member, shares the spotlight with former board member, Ann-Marie Asher (right) and Kimberly Issa (left), wife of hotelier and guest speaker at the Army's annual fund-raising dinner and silent auction.
Cleto Parkinson (second right), co-chair, Salvation Army, Eastern Jamaica Division Advisory Board, introduces hotelier Christopher Issa (right) to Salvation Army territorial commander, Caribbean, Gerrit Marseilles (second left) and his wife, Eva (left), at the fund-raising dinner and silent auction held recently at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.

The Salvation Army, Eastern Jamaica Division Advisory Board, which comprises persons from corporate Jamaica and Salvation Army officers, staged its fund-raising silent auction at New Kingston's Jamaica Pegasus hotel.

Funds raised from the event go towards the Army's outreach activities, clinics, Salvation Army School for the Blind, its various children's homes, feeding programmes, disaster preparedness and relief.

This year, a significant sum was raised from the silent auction, which is often well supported by dinner guests. This year's most significant donation to the auction was Fly Jamaica Airways' contribution of two return tickets to New York.

Hotels, including Couples Resorts and Strawberry Hill, donated free nights. Local artists pitched in with choice pieces of artwork. Telecommunications firm Digicel, contributed smartphones, hot bid items after dinner. Guests also bid on Puma gear, shoes from Payless, gym and recreational club memberships, housewares and gift certificates.

Guest speaker at the event was Christopher Issa, owner of the Spanish Court Hotel.