The annual premier Washington D.C. fundraising event of the David 'Wagga' Hunt Scholarship Foundation, (DWHF): The “Jamaica David 'Wagga' Hunt Annual Red Carpet Ball,” will be held virtually this year on Sunday, January 31, 2021, at 7:00 PM and will be streamed live on YouTube to a global audience.
The Red Carpet Ball joins a long list of events which have moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will be held under the Distinguished Patronages of Jamaica's Ambassador to the USA, Her Excellency, Audrey P. Marks, and Principals Dave Myrie and Albert Corcho of Kingston College and Calabar High School, respectively.
The program will feature the scholarship recipients of Calabar High and Kingston College along with their parents. The foundation will be honoring Calabar Old Boy Richard Pandohie, CEO of Seprod and KC Old Boy Rainford Wilks, Professor Emeritus, Caribbean Institute for Health and Research.
Emcees for the event will be Power 106 Broadcast Journalist Dervan Malcolm and Leighton “Fyah” McKnight. Viewers will be entertained by Fab 5 Band, Kabaka Pyramid, Pam Hall, Paul Blake and comedian Junior Daley.
Major sponsors of the Event include VMBS, Proven Wealth, The Gibson-Mc-Cook Relays. Steuart Foundation and Penthouse Recording Studios.
Since 2009, the scholarship initiative has funded students from grades eight through 13 covering tuition, books, lunch and other school-related expenses. To date, over 30 scholarships exceeding JMD$14 million have been awarded.
In addition to providing scholarships, each scholarship recipient was presented with a brand new laptop for a total value of JMD$500,000.00 last year. The Foundation also disbursed JMD$2 million to assist with upgrading the internet technology infrastructure at both Calabar High and Kingston College to help alleviate some of the challenges posed by remote learning amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Presenting our scholarship recipients with laptops was a major goal for us during this pandemic and we are extremely happy to have done so,” said Christopher Hunt, chairman of the Foundation and younger brother to the late David Hunt. “We are also thrilled to have been able to include the schools in our allocation allowing them to create a more inclusive and advanced learning environment with much needed technological and infrastructural upgrades.”
For more information or to make a donation, visit the Foundation's website at www.davidwaggahunt.org.
Contributor: Paulari F.