January 2011 Volume 8

Atlanta Annual Scholarship Fund Dance 2010

Dr. Glen Laman
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We were a little worried that guests attending the KCOBA Atlanta Annual Scholarship Fund Dance held on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at the GT Lofts in Dunwoody would have trouble finding the new venue. But find it they did and in such numbers that our projected attendance numbers were exceeded and so we ran out of food early.

Our Treasurer, Earl Adams projects a nice profit for our efforts. Most of the proceeds are earmarked for the George Thompson Memorial Scholarship Fund that was started two years ago by the Atlanta Chapter in honor of "George T", the legendary KC old boy, Manning Cup player, Jamaica national football coach and KC football coach who passed on in 2008.

The fund awarded four scholarships for the 2010-2011 school year with three awards going to students at KC while one award was made to a student studying in the state of Tennessee in the US.

Several strategically placed signs adorned with purple and white balloons helped in guiding the revelers to the venue. Perhaps some came because of the vigorous advertising campaign that included flyers, internet blasts and appearances on several local radio stations.

Karl Stewart was featured in public service announcements on a mainstream radio station, MajicATL. Atlanta chapter President, Glen Laman, was interviewed by radio personalities on such shows as Rockers International with Paul Abrahams and Lisimba, the Joan Savoury Show, Future Movement radio with Pat Bacchus, and Supreme Carib Radio with Barry Douglas. We thank them all for their assistance in getting the word out. We are also indebted to Jannice O'Shea and Sharon Marks who helped with the email distribution of flyers.

The new venue is larger than our previous mainstay in Alpharetta but its location near to the Atlanta perimeter highway makes it convenient to many of our supporters. Already the battle lines are drawn as some are calling for a return to the previous venue while others trumpet the benefits of a larger space.

Music was provided by DJ Extreme who kept the crowd rocking into the wee hours. They were especially captivated by his sequence of spiritual hits from the early roots era of reggae.

As with any new venue, we did run into a few kinks and are compiling the lessons learned for our next edition of the scholarship dance.

Many people had a hand in our success and we cannot mention everyone here.

Everton Barrett provided the door prize, a Blue-Ray DVD player. Winston Stewart provided rice and peas in addition to his trademarked rum punch. Conrad Jones and Sedley Morris manned the bar. Garfield Parker and Garey Richards transported the food from Captain Mike's kitchen to the venue. Mike also loaned us his tablecloths and professional serving equipment. Everett McNish prepared the directional signs. Barry Miller and Patrick Hector handled the will call table and ticket processing at the door. And Derrick Wright coordinated the collection of ticket monies.

As is usual in these things, a lot of work takes place behind the scenes and often is unnoticed. The evening before the event Jo-Ann McNish coordinated the hall decorations. Alicia Adams coordinated the kitchen and food departments on the day of the event with help from Calys Stewart and Arlene Barrett.

A big fortis to the old boys such as Dale Keizs and Lenworth Smith who travelled across state lines and national boundaries to join in the festivities. And a very BIG thank you to all the old boys who pitched in to pull off yet another successful KCOBA Atlanta event.

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