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Pineapple Ball bears fruit

Published:Saturday | February 27, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaica Committee (TCJ), organiser of the annual charity event, the Pineapple Ball, disbursed the funds raised from the 2009 ball to the various beneficiaries on February 24.

The Pineapple Ball, held last year at The Ritz-Carlton, is a fund-raising gala which comes together through the sponsorship of goods and services.

Aside from the gala, the committee also presents an award of excellence to a person or organisation which has contributed vastly to Jamaica.

The 2009 recipient was The Gleaner Company for 176 years of bringing news to Jamaicans.

In addition to being presented with a signature Waterford crystal pineapple, a scholarship, funded by TCJ, is given to the University of the West Indies in the winner's name. This year it will be known as The Gleaner Company Award of Excellence Scholarship in Sociology.

Karen Campbell, acting manager for the Office of Student Financing at the UWI, said the funds go a long way in assisting qualified students who have excellent academic performance, are involved in their communities and have financial need.

"We have an overwhelming number of students who are in need. We've had more than twice the number of students who would apply to us applying to us this year," Campbell said. Citing the difficult economic times as a reason.

UWI also received a second cheque to fund The Jamaica Committee Annual Scholarship.

Other organisations which received funds included Peace and Love in Society - Annual Encouragement Grant; Jamaica Epilepsy Association - for their indigent assistance fund; Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts - Jamaica Commitee Annual Scholarship; Wise Women's Club of Montego Bay - scholarship fund for community education and many others.

The directors in attendance emphasised their commitment to giving back to Jamaica and hence their pride in the work being done by all they to whom they contributed.

"I just want to compliment everybody on the wide complement of projects to the support of Jamaica," said Jacky Shepard.