Inaugural SVG Nurses Tea Party a success

Recording artist Hilton Samuel renders a musical offering titled “A Prayer” at the inaugural SVG Nurses Tea Party at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn.
Photo by Nelson A. King

The president of the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Nurses Association of New York, Inc. (SVGNANY), Dionne Crichton-Bailey, has described as a resounding success the group’s inaugural Tea Party, held on Saturday, June 9 at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn.

“Feedback was very positive, and everyone enjoyed the ambience,” Crichton-Bailey, a registered nurse, told Caribbean Life. “We would like to thank everyone who attended – supported to make this event the success it was.”

The event, dubbed “Tea Party with a Difference,” featured, among other things, drumming by Divine Drummers (comprising Anthony “TJ” Husbands, Jr., Kyle Bailey, 8, and Tyeshawn Porter); selections by recording artists Shanique and Hilton Samuel, and Erlene Williams-King, aide to former St. Vincent and the Grenadines Consul General Cosmus Cozier; trumpeters Gavin Carter and Christian Destine, both 10, students at P.S. 312 in Brooklyn; and modeling of African outfits, designed by Brooklyn-based Chinyere Onyeizu.

Dionne Crichton-Bailey, president of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Nurses Association of New York, Inc., addresses the audience at the association’s inaugural Tea Party, held at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn.
Photo by Nelson A. King

“On reflecting on our profession, we as nurses encounter many various cultures, and embracing others’ cultures makes our world a beautiful place,” Crichton-Bailey said. “With that in mind, we thought it would be great to celebrate other cultures over tea, with an African theme, being the first [Tea Party].

“This was beautifully highlighted by the lovely decorations of kente colors, modeling of African attire and drumming,” she added.

The models — in casual, evening, business and wedding attires — were Tijana, Leezana, Stacey, Cristine, Kiana, Casandra and Pamela [registered nurse and SVGNANY member].

The Divine Drummers perform at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Nurses Association of New York, Inc., inaugural Tea Party, held at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn.
Photo by Nelson A. King

Saxophonists Carter, of St. Kitts parentage, and Destine, of Jamaican and Haitian parentage, wowed the appreciative audience with “Dark Force,” “Uptown Funk,” “Trust” and “Covert Ops.”

Williams-King sought the audience’s participation with “In the Jungle” and “The River Come Down.”

Shanique rendered “Thank You Lord” and “I Can Do Anything”; while Tobagonian Samuel, sang “The Prayer,” the title of his first CD.

Musicians Gavin Carter, left, and Christian Destine, both 10, of PS 312 in Brooklyn, perform at the inaugural Tea Party of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Nurses Association of New York, Inc., held at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn.
Photo by Nelson A. King

DJ Bucks International provided music, while Vincentian Chef Lloni provided finger foods and pastries.

Crichton-Bailey said SVGNANY provides and/or participates in, among other things, health fairs; health teaching and counseling; scholarship awards; donation of medical supplies; and conduct of educational services in New York and in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Photo by Nelson A. King

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