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Maritime South scores with ‘D’ Symphony
It was a show of goodwill and solidarity as hundreds of patrons turned out to support The Maritime Financial Group—South Regional Centre’s 8th Annual Charitable Fundraiser hosted at the Southern Academy for the Performing Arts (SAPA) recently.
Themed “D” Symphony, patrons were immersed in a two-fold treat, beginning with a Pot-Pourri of Trini Flavour all-you-can-eat buffet which featured more than 20 dishes, reflecting the diversity of local cuisine. While savouring the mouth-watering fare, patrons were also treated to performances by saxophonist, Francis Prime, “D” Untouchables Tassa Group, Old Tech Steel Orchestra and the melodies of singer Neal Lalgee.
Dinner was followed by First Instinct’s production of Encore: Live from Broadway, which featured musical excerpts of popular Broadway plays, including The King and I, The Sound of Music and a special performance of The Phantom of the Opera.
The event was the brainchild of Maritime’s South Regional Manager, Trevor Rex Baddaloo who explained in a release, the essence of the event: “Our branch has been operating under the theme In Symphony and today’s event embodies this principle in that agents, staff, clients and concerned citizens are working together for a worthy cause. It is this same synergy that has made us the top-performing branch in Maritime. It was also important that we were able to host this production and let the people of South experience the brilliance of theatre right here in our own backyard.”
“It is important that our clients recognise that beyond providing coverage, we are giving back to society in honouring our role as good corporate citizens. This year, the funds raised will be used to aid the needy and homeless in our community, as well as young people and orphans in homes across the country in a project that will involve young people from the Maritime family, including our own kids,” Baddaloo added.
Over the years the proceeds of the event have been used to fund numerous activities and organisations, including Caring Friends Association, Kairos Reformation, Victim Support Foundation, Keisha Welcome and Associates, Inter School/Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship, Haven of Hope, The SMARA Cancer Support Group, San Fernando District Scout Council, Rapidfire Kidz Foundation, The Val Turton/Carl Osborne Foundation and the Mayor’s (San Fernando) Charity Project.
Giving high praise to the event was long-time supporter, Dr Michael Rampaul: “This is a sterling example of corporate social responsibility packaged in a great evening to socialise and enjoy some wholesome family entertainment.
The food was delicious and the performances were fantastic and on top of that, the funds are going to very worthy causes. The Maritime South Branch has worked hard to become a meaningful part of the society in which they operate and I want to give them kudos for the good work they have been doing.”
According to the release, the highlight of the charity event was undoubtedly the stunning performance of First Instinct’s Encore: Live from Broadway that raised the spirits and feet of the crowd in a rousing standing ovation at the end.
The play, which enjoyed a two-night run at the Central Bank Auditorium in October, represents a collaborative effort between executive producer John Henry Smith, producer Trevon C Jugmohan, director Raymond Choo Kong and musical directors Lorraine Granderson and Gregory Wong Fo Sue.
John Henry Smith, who is also the former CEO at The Maritime Financial Group, felt energised by the evening’s accomplishments, “This was a unique effort and I was happy to join Trevor and his team in making this a success.
“Their work over the years has impacted positively on many lives and they have set an example for individuals and organisations alike to emulate. Being a part of this noble initiative was a fitting finale for the cast and crew and we really enjoyed this performance and being ‘In Symphony’ with the Maritime South Branch.”
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