Freeport, Grand Bahama– Hundreds of supporters celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the Grand Bahama Children’s Home in the Grand Ballroom at Our Lucaya on Friday, October 15, 2010.

The Grand Ballroom was transformed for “Memories – a string of Pearls” – a dazzling black, white and pearl celebration complete with fabulous food, moving video tribute, exquisite show of jewelry modeled by reigning Grand Bahama beauty queens, fantastic entertainment thanks to the Freeport Players Guild and Gloria McGlone, the cast of “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and Dalia Feldman – all topped off with dancing fun from MLD Productions.

“What a wonderful way to celebrate the important work done at the Home for the past 30 years,” said Sheila Smith, Executive Committee member, GB Children’s Home. “We are so grateful for the spectacular turnout. We have received tremendous support from the Grand Bahama community and, of course, from our patron Lady Joan Foulkes, the Honorable Loretta Butler-Turner, Minister of State for Social Development, and Atlanta General Consul Kay Smith who all traveled to Freeport to help make the evening a success,” added Mrs. Smith.

Guests also got a chance to win fantastic art from Chantal Y.E. Bethel and Claudette Dean, stunning jewelry pieces and a host of other prizes in the evening’s Grand Raffle – which was a tremendous success thanks to the generous donations from individuals and companies in the Grand Bahama community.

And the winner is... Guests also got a chance to win fantastic art from Chantal Y.E. Bethel and Claudette Dean, stunning jewelry pieces and a host of other prizes in the evening’s Grand Raffle – which was a tremendous success thanks to the generous donations from individuals and companies in the Grand Bahama community. Pictured is Beth Albury (left) winner of the Claudette Dean piece “Caribbean Pearls” giclee along with the nights patron Lady Foulkes (right).

“We have always said that it takes a village to raise a child. Tonight, so many in our community did just that by coming together to have a wonderful time and, more importantly, to support the efforts that are so needed at the Home,” said Mrs. Geneva Rutherford, Executive Committee Member.

The committee was overwhelmed by the generosity of the community – particularly at a time with there is significant economic challenges and hardship. Supporters purchased tickets, donated gifts, services and money – all of which will directly help the Home meet the significant shortfall in funds to cover operational expenses. “We thank everyone for the great support and we assure you all of it will go to continuing to provide a safe haven for abused, neglected and abandoned children – as has been done for over 2,000 little boys and girls in the past 30 years,” adds Mrs. Rutherford.

It was definitely a party scene in the Our Lucaya Ballroom for the 30th Anniversary of the GB Children’s Home. Thanks to Emcee Karen Bain Fergsuon and MLD Productions, the dance floor was packed with the hundreds of supporters. Even Lady Foulkes showed attendees how the "get funky" on the floor. Photo Credit: MarkDaCunha.com / Bahamas 2000 Media

The Children’s Home committee is grateful to all of the corporations that have contributed to this event. In particular, the tremendous support from Our Lucaya made it one of the Home’s best events ever. “We are so thankful to the Our Lucaya team who worked tirelessly to put together a wonderful evening. From the delicious and plentiful food and the delectable desserts to all of the meetings and plans to bring it all together, Our Lucaya has been a wonderful partner,” said Jean Hivert, Executive Committee member. “We also had great support from other corporate and private supporters like all the Bahamas media, local printers, Bristol Wines and Spirits, Colombian Emeralds International, Freeport Players Guild performers and many others who helped make our 30th Anniversary a great success – and a beautiful, memorable evening that will go a long way in helping our children,” added Mrs. Hivert.