Daniela Richardson of Blue Island Gem Events, the organiser of Saturday’s Breast Cancer Benefit Gala Dinner.
ST. EUSTATIUS–A Breast Cancer Benefit Gala Dinner, hosted by Blue Island Gem Events, was held at Mike van Putten Youth Center/Lion’s Den on Saturday evening. The gala dinner was held in observance of Breast Awareness Month and in honour of Golden Rock Cancer Awareness Foundation (GRCAF).
The event was originally set to take place on Saturday, October 27, to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, but due to unforeseen circumstances, was rescheduled for November 3.
Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Gwendoline van Putten secondary school student Anastacia Korstanje. Music was provided by Genilio “Showtime” Hassell.
A prayer was said by Roman Catholic priest Simon Wilson, after which Deputy Government Commissioner Mervyn Stegers, Sara Stone of the Toastmasters Club, Dr. Gerwin Schobbe of the St. Eustatius Public Health Department and GRCAF president Geraldine Hodge presented their speeches.
Daniela Richardson of Blue Island Gem Events, who presented a toast of appreciation in thanking everyone for coming out, said her motivation for setting up this event is that she wanted to do something different for GRCAF, as well as to help bring awareness that breast cancer not only affects women but men as well.
“The event was very emotional and touching. I look forward to hosting another one, God willing,” Richardson said.
Some of the proceeds from the Gala dinner will be donated to the Golden Cancer Awareness Foundation.
During the gala dinner, the winner of a raffle for a two-night/three-day stay at Statia Lodge was announced, with Humphrey Silent being the lucky winner. Each guest received a Thank You Bag from Alpha Health Care Services in St. Maarten.