How LA’s Caribbean community is rallying together to help the Islands affected by the recent Hurricanes

“All proceeds from this three-day fundraiser event will send directly to the islands affected most from the hurricanes,’ said June Small an instrumental member of the committee.

L to R: showing only from the back is Marcelle Greening, June Small Lashley, Martin Greenidge, Oral Roberts, Marcus B, Vincent Samuel (Dj Vince), Delroy Johnson and Dave Johnson.

CALIFORNIA: LA’s Caribbean community have set up hurricane relief efforts in the southern Los Angeles to assist survivors of hurricanes in the Caribbean region – Dominica is the first Caribbean island hit by the deadly Hurricane Maria. The island’s main hospital has been without power since the Category 5 storm hit late Monday, September 18, killing at least 15 and injuring many others. Many parts of the island have not been surveyed yet and the death toll is expected to rise.

The three-day event kicked off yesterday with a fundraiser at the popular Savoy Entertainment Center, a nightclub in Inglewood. The club’s owner, Mr. Jonathon De Veaux, provided the 5pm-10pm happy hour venue including the local reggae band, Kitaka & Friends for free of cost to the committee. Jamaican reggae dancehall artists Mr. Suprize and Turtleman donated their time on stage entertaining about 100 attendees.  The fundraising event continues today, September 23rd with a picnic. Festivities will kick off at 1 pm and wrap at 6 pm at the VernBro Medical Center, a facility to host today’s event was provided by the Honorary Consul General, Dr. Cadrine E. Gill, consulate of St. Vincent & the Grenadines. Music and entertainment will be provided by Vincent Samuels aka Dj Vince. Location: 231 W. Vernon Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90037, (cross street is Broadway. Parking in the rear of the building).

On Sunday, September 24th  a prayer service is scheduled to be held at the Crenshaw United Methodist Church, located at 3740 Don Filipe Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90008. The church fundraiser program will include gospel music entertainment and Caribbean food will be served.

“All proceeds from this three-day fundraiser event will send directly to the islands affected most from the hurricanes,’ said June Small an instrumental member of the committee. “When big companies such as the Red Cross have their fundraisers, very little is trickled down to the people in the Caribbean. Our effort will impact the people on the ground directly affected because we have a more grass root connection to the islands.”

Participating members and organization in the group include June Small Lashley from the Barbados Association of So. California, (BASC), Marcus Branche from Marcus B Entertainment, Martin Greenidge, Oral Roberts, Marcelle Greenidge, Lyndon Johnson of CaribPress, CFTT, Bejans & Friends, LACF, Success Steel, Belize JOTPA, Patrick Williams and June Royes of JAAC, GMR, CCCOC, SDCA, MyKeeTV, SVG United Network, ABA and many others.

The LA Caribbean Committee Hurricane Relief is ongoing.  You can make your donation at the information provided below:

PLEASE MAKE CHECK PAYABLE TO:
California Caribbean Chamber of Commerce
P.O Box 802, Montrose, CA 91021
(Put “Caribbean Hurricane Relief” on your memo’s line.)

IF DONATIONS ARE BEING MADE BY CREDIT CARD
GO TO THE CHAMBER’S WEBSITE BELOW:
www.califcaribchamber.com
Click on the “donate” button to make your contribution.

 

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