The University of the West Indies' second annual benefit gala in Toronto a huge success
TORONTO, April 1 /CNW/ - The University of the West Indies (UWI) raised
approximately $300,000 at its second annual benefit gala in Toronto on
March 26th. The gala honoured notable individuals who have made significant
contributions to UWI and the Caribbean and Canadian communities.
Outstanding individuals who were honoured include: Donovan Bailey;
Michael Lee-Chin; The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean; The Honourable
Justice Dr. Irving André; Former Deputy Chief of Toronto police Keith
L. Forde; Kamala-Jean Gopie; Dr. Karl Massiah and Dr. John Stewart.
Two organizations were also honoured including Ryerson University for
its contribution to the advancement of Caribbean people through its
joint programs with UWI, and GAP Adventures for its role in pushing the
boundaries of sustainable travel.
The benefit was under the patronage of Dr. G. Raymond Chang, immediate
past Chair of CI Financial, Chancellor of Ryerson University and
himself, an honorary graduate of UWI. Proceeds from the Toronto gala
will benefit students through the UWI Scholarship Fund and the UWI
"The University is once again touched by the outpouring of support it
received from the Canadian private and public sectors and the Caribbean
Canadian community," said Elizabeth Buchanan-Hind, Executive Director,
Institutional Advancement Division, The University of the West Indies.
"We are thankful for the scholarships that the University will now be
able to award to students from the proceeds of the event."
Masters of Ceremonies Hamlin Grange and Valerie Pringle welcomed over
500 guests to a sold out event at the Four Seasons Hotel for an evening
of celebrating excellence; connecting and reconnecting; music and live
and silent auctions. The gala was filled with contagious spirit and
"Through this gala we are all now united as one UWI family," stated Gala
Patron, Dr. G. Raymond Chang.
Find additional gala details at www.uwitorontogala.com.
UWI would like to thank its sponsors, donors, volunteers and guests for
making the UWI Benefit Gala Toronto 2011 a huge success.
About The University of the West Indies Benefit Gala, Toronto
Building off the success of its inaugural benefit gala last year, and
with such a strong Caribbean community in Canada, UWI is striving to
develop a successful event that will continue to strengthen the
relationship between Canada and the Caribbean for years to come.
The 2010 benefit gala was sold out with 460 attendees. Approximately
$230,000 was raised, resulting in 17 scholarships being awarded to
students in need, and helping to support Haitian students whose
university was devastated after the earthquake.
Those honoured at the inaugural event included: Dr. the Honourable Harry
Belafonte, The Honourable Mayann E. Francis, The Honourable Jean
Augustine, Professor Dionne Brand, Mr. Austin Clarke, Ms. Maud Fuller,
Dr. Herbert Ho Ping Kong, Dr. Robert Moore, Mr. David Rudder, Project
Advancement Childhood Education (P.A.C.E), Royal Bank of Canada and
About The University of the West Indies Scholarship Fund and Haitian
The UWI Regional Endowment Fund (UWIREF) scholarships and bursaries are
offered to outstanding students in the Caribbean region who have
difficulty financing their university education. The scholarships and
bursaries are based on academic excellence and financial need. The
University of the West Indies has accepted numerous Haitian students to
complete their degrees at the Mona Campus in Jamaica and St. Augustine
Campus in Trinidad and Tobago.
About The University of the West Indies
The University of the West Indies (UWI) was established in 1948 as a
college of the University of London. It achieved full university
status in 1962 and today, is the only pan-Caribbean tertiary level
institution offering a wide array of diverse and accredited programs to
40,000 students throughout the region, with campuses in Barbados,
Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and the Eastern Caribbean.
SOURCE University of West Indies Benefit Gala
For further information:
For media and photo inquiries contact: Leah Gaucher, BlueSky Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org, 416.929.2052