At least $59,500 United States currency has been raised to rebuild the Eslyn Henley Richiez Learning Centre, so far.
That was the tally at the end of a fundraising gala held at The Moorings on Sunday evening, February 25.
A delegation from the Miss World International Organisation – which includes Chairwoman Julia Morely and the reigning queen Manushi Chhillar– was among the first to contribute to the cause by donating $12,000.
Corporate BVI and other local businesspersons quickly rallied to add to that sum.
Telecommunications companies Flow and Digicel pledged $25,000 and $10,000, respectively.
ATU General Trust (BVI) Limited committed $5,000 so far, while businessman Bishop John Cline made a $4,000 donation and pledged to give more this week.
Gene’s Bar and Grill as well as Allington ‘Gumption’ Creque donated $1,500 and $2,000, respectively.
By the looks of things, more donations are expected to come in to help rebuild the educational facility.
Event organiser and Chairman of the BVI Pageant Committee Damian Grange said he was touched by the donations that have reigned in to assist the learning centre, which is a school for children with special needs.
“I think the event was successful considering we were able to raise a significant amount for the Eslyn Henley Richiez Learning Centre. I am grateful to the Miss World International Organisation for so willingly coming to our aid on this project and also on the rebuilding strides of the Virgin Islands,” Grange said.
“This could not be possible without our local partners and so for all the people who partnered with us to make sure that the event was the success that it is, I want to publicly say to them; thank you.”
“For them to step up to the plate on this massive philanthropic move, I think they should be commended,” Grange added.
Meanwhile, Sunday’s gala was not all business, and attendees were treated to a regal fashion show.
Chhillar and other Miss World continental queens modelled designs by BCBG and UMI Fashion.
Below are some highlights of the gala captured by BVI News:
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