Solid support for Wise Women's fund-raiser
Mark Titus, Gleaner Writer
Peace and tranquillity ruled supreme at the picturesque Hilton's property in St Leonard's, Westmoreland, recently when the venue played host to the 2012 Wise Women's Club fund-raiser.
The support from members of the business and philanthropic community was so solid that it left the event's founder, Denise Dear, absolutely pleased and satisfied.
"It's wonderful, the support is amazing, and is easily the largest support we have received since the inception," Dear said.
"It is a testimony of the growth and popularity of the Wise Women's initiatives," continued Dear. "Individuals see that their money is being put to good use, and the fact that it is for such a worthy cause, will drive well-thinking Jamaicans to come on board."
The family-oriented, fun-filled event saw persons travelling from as far away as Kingston in support.
"I kept hearing about the Wise Women project, from a business partner, who lives in Montego Bay, and decided to take the trip down with my family to lend my support," Doreen Prendergast, who journeyed from Kingston, told The Gleaner.
Stalls featuring several goodies did thriving business. There were also games and a tour of the historic 200-acre property.
The Wise Women's Club consists of eight ladies, namely Janki Chanderam, Rita Hilton, Jenny Hannah, Denise Dear, Laurice Brown, Audrey Small, Jennifer Alton and Judith Dear. The group now has a Canadian chapter.
The students who benefit from the academic scholarship offered by the charity are required to maintain a high academic standard. Club members monitor the students' scholastic and personal progress during the course of their studies.
Among those have benefited to date is 23-year-old Sherika Smith, whose full tuition was paid by the group as she pursued an associate science degree in hospitality, entertainment and tourism management between 2007 and 2009. She subsequently earned a bachelor's degree.