One year after the first Prime Minister’s Independence Ball, it is evident the second iteration has been another resounding success. The overwhelming demand to attend this worthwhile and charity event was overwhelming and led to a sold-out event just days after tickets went on sale.
From all accounts calls even had to be made to persons who had already purchased tickets in order to verify whether they would show up on the night – so high was the demand for those limited seats.
According to reports 340+ tickets were sold and were the prized possessions of ambassadors, government officials, businessmen and women, and regular citizens; some attendees actually flew in especially to attend. According to information from the Prime Minister’s office twenty two (22) ambassadors and the President of Martinique flew in to attend the event.
One of the special guests was Brian Lara, famed West Indies cricket team captain who delivered the keynote address to a crowd of adoring fans and admirers.
This year’s charity event was to raise funds for the Blind Welfare Association, The Holy Family Children’s Home and The Saint Lucia School of Ballet and Modern Dance.
The auction segment of the event was filled with excitement and anticipation as the attendees vigourously bid on enticing high value prizes, donated by both local and foreign based companies.
One of the highlights of the auction was the bidding on an autographed cricket bat by Brian Lara. It was initially won by a final bid of EC$4000, then resold by the winner for an additional EC$3500, earning a total of EC$7500 towards the prime minister’s charities.
Towards the end of the event Prime Minister Allen Chastanet paid special tribute to his wife Raquel, who was a major organizer of the ball, and presented her with a beautiful bouquet of flowers as a token of appreciation. The crowd loved it.
The Prime Minister’s Independence Ball for Saint Lucia’s 40th. anniversary of independence is anticipated to be even bigger and better.