As Saint Lucians in New York prepare to commemorate their country’s 33rd anniversary of National Independence, the Saint Lucia House Foundation has announced that Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa and Jet Blue Airways are major donors to this year’s Independence Gala on Feb. 25.
The gala will be held at Brooklyn’s Grand Prospect Hall, located at 263 Prospect Avenue Brooklyn, New York.
Bay Gardens Beach Resort has donated a five-night stay in a one-bedroom luxury suite, while Jet Blue Airways has donated two tickets. These gifts will be raffled during the Independence Gala.
Mrs. Berthia Parle, general manager of the Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa, notes that her support of the Independence Gala in New York is her establishment’s way of giving back to Saint Lucians in the Diaspora who have patronized the Bay Gardens properties over the last 18 years.
“They are a very important market segment,” said Mrs. Parle. “They promote our properties to friends and family, and they use Bay Gardens Resorts as their preferred accommodations when visiting their island home. This is our way of saying ‘thank you’ for their support and patronage.”
The Saint Lucia House Foundation is extremely grateful for and humbled by the generosity of the two donors. “It is the commitment and support of Bay Gardens and Jet Blue and other like-minded citizens that make it possible for the Foundation to celebrate this milestone,” said Mathias Wilkie, the Foundation’s president, “and, most importantly, continue with its mission in the Diaspora.”
The 33rd Anniversary Independence Gala will follow this year’s theme of “One People, One Nation, Limitless Possibilities,” and feature the best of Saint Lucian music and dance. Saint Lucia’s own Michel Aubertin, DJ Eryk,and Natural Sounds will entertain attendees for the evening. Other gala activities include dinner, a raffle, and a special awards presentation.
For more information, please contact Jeremiah Hyacinth at 917-539-1607 or jeremiah.h