Site Operations Manager at Caribbean Lottery Paula Williams (right) recently handed over a US $3,660 cheque to Center Director Urmain Dormoy to assist with the refurbishment of the Phillipsburg Cultural and Community Centre.
PHILIPSBURG–Caribbean Lottery has donated US $3,660 to help give the Philipsburg Cultural and Community Centre a facelift.
The Centre is well known as a hub for musical events, art exhibitions and a range of activities designed to showcase St. Maarten’s culture and the arts. The funds, donated on August 28, are intended to help give the facility an overhaul and renovation.
Centre Director Urmain Dormoy thanked Caribbean Lottery for its assistance. “We were very elated when the Caribbean Lottery approached us,” he said. The entire building – doors, windows and roof – suffered considerable damage from the hurricanes of September 2017, and raising funds for repairs has been a challenge, since then.”
Dormoy said the Centre is much more than a venue for cultural events. “Everything happens here,” he said, noting that it has served as a hub for the community over the years. As the Centre Director since 2002, he has seen many local residents using the facilities, including schoolchildren rehearsing for events, graduation ceremonies and more. It is also a popular space for regular theatre performances, film shows and the like, which are also enjoyed by overseas visitors.
“We are very thankful for this assistance,” added the Centre Director.
Site Operations Manager at Caribbean Lottery, Paula Williams said it was important to support the island’s thriving culture, for its residents and its many visitors. “St. Maarten took a terrible beating during the 2017 hurricane season,” she noted. “There is still work to be done to restore the infrastructure on parts of the island, and the Caribbean Lottery is very pleased to contribute to the rebuilding process. At the same time, we are underlining the company’s ongoing commitment to our vibrant Caribbean culture – the lifeblood of our communities.”