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It was a show of goodwill and solidarity as hun-
dreds of patrons turned out to support The Mar-
itime Financial Group---South Regional Centre s
8th Annual Charitable Fundraiser hosted at the
Southern Academy for the Performing Arts (SAPA)
Themed "D" Symphony, patrons were immersed
in a two-fold treat, beginning with a Pot-Pourri of
Trini Flavour all-you-can-eat buffet which featured
Patrons were presented with more than 20 dishes from which to choose from.
more than 20 dishes, reflecting the diversity of local
cuisine. While savouring the mouth-watering fare,
patrons were also treated to performances by sax-
ophonist, Francis Prime, "D" Untouchables Tassa
Group, Old Tech Steel Orchestra and the melodies
of singer Neal Lalgee.
Dinner was followed by First Instinct s production
of Encore: Live from Broadway, which featured
musical excerpts of popular Broadway plays, includ-
ing The King and I, The Sound of Music and a
special performance of The Phantom of the Opera.
The event was the brainchild of Maritime s South
Regional Manager, Trevor Rex Baddaloo who
explained in a release, the essence of the event:
"Our branch has been operating under the theme
In Symphony and today s event embodies this prin-
ciple in that agents, staff, clients and concerned
citizens are working together for a worthy cause.
It is this same synergy that has made us the top-
performing branch in Maritime. It was also important
that we were able to host this production and let
the people of South experience the brilliance of the-
atre right here in our own backyard."
"It is important that our clients recognise that
beyond providing coverage, we are giving back to
society in honouring our role as good corporate cit-
izens. This year, the funds raised will be used to aid
the needy and homeless in our community, as well
as young people and orphans in homes across the
country in a project that will involve young people
from the Maritime family, including our own kids,"
Over the years the proceeds of the event have
been used to fund numerous activities and organ-
isations, including Caring Friends Association, Kairos
Reformation, Victim Support Foundation, Keisha
Welcome and Associates, Inter School/Inter Varsity
Christian Fellowship, Haven of Hope, The SMARA
Cancer Support Group, San Fernando District Scout
Council, Rapidfire Kidz Foundation, The Val Tur-
ton/Carl Osborne Foundation and the Mayor s (San
Fernando) Charity Project.
Giving high praise to the event was long-time
supporter, Dr Michael Rampaul: "This is a sterling
example of corporate social responsibility packaged
in a great evening to socialise and enjoy some whole-
some family entertainment.
The food was delicious and the performances
were fantastic and on top of that, the funds are
going to very worthy causes. The Maritime South
Branch has worked hard to become a meaningful
part of the society in which they operate and I want
to give them kudos for the good work they have
According to the release, the highlight of the
charity event was undoubtedly the stunning per-
formance of First Instinct s Encore: Live from Broad-
way that raised the spirits and feet of the crowd in
a rousing standing ovation at the end.
The play, which enjoyed a two-night run at the
Central Bank Auditorium in October, represents a
collaborative effort between executive producer John
Henry Smith, producer Trevon C Jugmohan, director
Raymond Choo Kong and musical directors Lorraine
Granderson and Gregory Wong Fo Sue.
John Henry Smith, who is also the former CEO
at The Maritime Financial Group, felt energised by
the evening s accomplishments, "This was a unique
effort and I was happy to join Trevor and his team
in making this a success.
"Their work over the years has impacted positively
on many lives and they have set an example for
individuals and organisations alike to emulate. Being
a part of this noble initiative was a fitting finale for
the cast and crew and we really enjoyed this per-
formance and being In Symphony with the Mar-
itime South Branch."
Maritime South scores
with 'D' Symphony
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