Hundreds of Vincentian kids and their parents Sunday evening were treated to a special Christmas treat at the ninth annual party organized by a prominent Vincentian shipping concern, friends and community groups in Brooklyn.
“Our annual kids Christmas party was a huge success,” said Atiba Williams, coordinator of the event that is spearheaded by Gideon “Fessy” Yorke, owner of Standard Shippers on Clarendon Road in Brooklyn, adjacent to Café Owner, who hosted the event in conjunction with Solid Band, among others, in a Caribbean Life interview.
Williams, a community advocate, said though over 250 kids registered for event at Café Omar, many more were present.
He said the kids, including toddlers, parents and friends were treated to free gifts, entertainment and food.
Many kids also participated in dances, karaoke, arts and craft, face-painting, and sat on Santa’s lap. Popular community advocate Garnes Byron served as Santa Claus.
“It was always a pleasure putting a smile on the faces of the kids,” said Williams, complimenting former New York City Councilman, Vincentian-born Dr. Kendall Stewart, proprietor of Café Omar, for “the use of the venue free of charge.”
Williams also thanked a number of participating organizations and individuals for contributing to the event’s success,” including the umbrella Vincentian group in the United States, Council of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Organizations, U.S.A. Inc. (COSAGO); St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Teaches Association of NewYork; the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Diaspora Committee of New York; VincyCares, Inc.; Vincy Liberators; Bishop’s College Alumni Association; and Sion Hill Association.
“A special thanks to the DJs, the promoters and the volunteers who made this a tremendous success,” said Williams, who is also president of the Bishop’s College Alumni Association.