Braata Productions’ Fundraising Gala

An exciting silent auction of art, jewelry and other exclusive items will be the highlight and centerpiece of Braata Productions’ second annual Fundraising Gala, to be held on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica New York, 11432 at 7:00 p.m.

The event will also honor three stalwarts in the New York Caribbean Community- Pat Chin of VP Records, Fredrick L Skervin CPA and The Jamaica Nurses Group of New York Inc.

According to Andrew Clarke, Founder and Executive Director of Braata Productions, the success of the first silent auction held at last year’s fundraiser has led to the decision to retain it as an integral part of the evening’s proceedings. And artists, supporters and well wishers of Braata have donated a dazzling array of items, which patrons of the event will have the chance to bid on.

“The response of the community to our fundraiser has been nothing short of tremendous and consequently this year’s silent auction offers something for everyone. It will be an exciting evening for a good cause, with many patrons guaranteed to go home smiling with some truly wonderful items.”

Guests will bid on items from Suriname, Jamaica, and Ghana, jewelry from acclaimed designer Andrea Levy, accessories from major brands such as Louis Vitton, tickets to Broadway shows, dinner at several fine restaurants and even tax preparation services from renowned New York accountants.

One of the most eagerly anticipated items of all however, will be the coveted season passes to all Braata events during their year-long celebration in 2014, marking the organization’s fifth anniversary of existence.

Braata Productions was founded in 2009 as a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to showcasing and promoting Caribbean talent and culture. Braata Theatre Workshop took the Off Broadway stage by storm last year with the production of Karl O’Brian Williams’ drama “Not About Eve,” which went on to earn great acclaim at the National Black Theater Festival in Winston Salem. North Carolina this summer, while Braata Education and Outreach have earned kudos for promoting HIV/AIDS Awareness through the production of Trevor Rhone’s “Positive” in 2010. The work of all three Braata entities will be on show at the fundraiser, with performances by the Braata Folk Singers, as well as excerpts from “Not About Eve” and a much anticipated new Education and Outreach production.

All proceeds from the gala will go towards funding Braata Productions’ Arts programmes.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online at www.braata.eventbrite.com, at the door or by calling 917-668-2209 to reserve tickets. There will also be a cash bar.

The event is being sponsored by Caribbean Life, Golden Krust, Street Hype, Tower Isles and Latty’s Restaurant.

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