Treasure Cay Beach, Marina and Golf Resort held their annual Back to School Celebration again this year with great success. This year there was record attendance and fun entertainment for children and parents.
The celebration’s goal was not only to give students supplies for the new school year, but to also create a congenial atmosphere for parents, youth and even teachers to interact. Many staff members of schools from Central and North Abaco attended.
Resort manager, Stephen Kappeler, organized the event along with two of his key employees- Paula Morley and Chef Noel St Claude. The function demonstrated the generosity of the island’s corporate community and of the local residents who gave money, supplies and time to contribute to the enjoyment of all the guests, young and old.
This year the activities were divided into two phases: an afternoon session for the younger students and Pizza Night activities at the Tipsy Bar with live entertainment by Chris Russell, Veronica Bishop and DJ Counselor.
The latter occupied a large group of youth with dancing competitions and games for a good part of the evening.
Held on July 28 on the grounds of the Treasure Cay Resort, the event attracted many children from the Treasure Cay area who participated in an afternoon of outdoor activities. A popular contest for the boys was to win a ticket to climb the local fire truck. The winners visited the fire truck while being given life-saving information in case of fire by the Abaco Crash Fire & Rescue Chief, Colin Albury.
Other students took part in several other contests or had fun in the bouncing castle donated for the day by Dolphin Encounters.
Attendees were treated to lunch and received backpacks with school supplies. A little girl even drew the lucky ticket for a laptop that she personally received from North Abaco Member of Parliament, Renardo Curry. The backpacks and the laptop, one of several others, provided by Rubis Bahamas, had been brought from Nassau by Latia Dumcombe, Rubis’ Sales Executive for The Bahamas.
The regular Thursday Pizza Night was frequented by a huge crowd of people who gathered around the bar or sat on the terrace surrounding the pool. They enjoyed listening to Chris Russell Band accompanying Veronica Bishop who gave a free concert. Chef Noel was busy dishing out tasty pizza to a hungry crowd.
The popular Gospel rapper, DJ Counsellor,who had missed the afternoon plane, finally arrived and a crowd of mesmerized children gathered around him, keeping beat to his songs and dancing to the music.
Then, DJ Sky walked among the children distributing tickets and calling winners.
The first lucky winner of the evening was a young girl who received $20.00 donated by a patron for reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
More laptops were won, one by Tomacio Mather, the other by Valentia Thompson.
The final presentation was a check of $2,200.00 for the Treasure Cay Primary School, left as donation by boaters who had entered a fishing tournament. The check was handed out to the school Principal, Myrtis Russell, who expressed her heartfelt gratitude.
The evening went on with music and socializing.
A pleased manager mentioned that the resort had experienced a particularly good business year thanks to a busier marina and better attended fishing tournaments.
Forty employees have been added to the staff roster.
Mr. Kappeler also added that certain areas had been renovated and that the Tipsy and Junkanoo Bars will remain open during the slow season from noon to eight for lunch and dinner, with the bar areas staying open from noon to midnight.
He praised the Assistant Manager, Paula Morley, and Chef Noel St Claude for their role in getting sponsors and their help in organizing the event as well as their working all day to make the function the success it was.
He also wanted to acknowledge the many sponsors from Dolphin Encounters, Bahamas Food Services, Rubis Bahamas, Frederick’s Agency, Franklin, Coca Cola, BTC, The Treasure Cay Beach, Marina and Golf Resort, The Design Experts and the TC Home Owners Association.