The back to school Pizza Night, held at the pool bar of the Treasure Cay Hotel Resort and Marina was a great success with close to five hundred people attending, including close to two hundred children.
It was a family night, but most of all it was an evening geared to children. They were able to enjoy a kids’ corner, received back-packs containing school supplies and were entertained by DJ Counselor during a large part of the evening.
The function started late afternoon on August 29 and by 6:00 pm a large crowd of children, some accompanied by parents, gathered around the kid’s corner where school supplies were displayed. They were soon directed to a stage where the popular singer from Nassau, DJ Counselor, was waiting for them. He started singing and involving them in his rap/reggae style of performance. His songs contained messages for young people, messages which were reinforced with spoken advice. He involved them by addressing them individually, captivating their interest. Children populated the stage areas for hours, waving their arms in rhythm and enjoying the attention.
The performance was interrupted shortly to allow the MP for North Abaco, Mr. Renardo Curry who attended the event, to address the audience, acknowledging the purpose of the event – which was to send children back to school on a positive note.
Meanwhile adults socialized at tables, lining up for pizza that was being prepared in the open kitchen. A representative of the Ministry of Tourism, Michelle Makula, walked around distributing the back-packs.
The coordinator for the event, Paula Morley, was overseeing the whole operation and the Manager of the resort, Stephen Kappeler, was circulating among the tables making sure the service was adequate and that people were having a good time.
A local MC, DJ Skye, took over from the live performance, singing, going from table to table and keeping the music going and the evening alive.
It was finally time to draw the big prize: a laptop computer that the lucky winner would take home. Mr. Curry was asked to the stage again to help in the drawing. It took three draws for a winner to finally come forward.
It was not, however, the end of the evening’s entertainment as the sound of trumpets and drums could be heard from the parking lot, heralding the approach of a Junkanoo Parade.
Sure enough, a group from the Spring City Rockers in full costume made their appearance, rushing through the bar and dining area, marking the end of a great family evening.
Mr. Kappeler attributed the success of the evening to donations from the Treasure Cay Community. Community residents, some of the local businesses, the Treasure Cay Home Owners Association, the staff of the resort, and the resort owner Alfred Meister, together came up with approximately $3,000.00 that helped cover the cost of the school supplies and the laptop.