Two relatively new charities will benefit directly from the weekend premiere of Hollywood’s latest blockbuster film, Black Panther, at the Palace Multiplex cinema in Montego Bay, St James.
Father’s House and Pregnancy Resource Center, barring any major setback, will receive cash donations by the earliest, month end, after a very successful fundraiser event at the premiering of the movie.
The event, dubbed ‘The Black Panther Premiere’, was organized by Montego Bay residents Sitara Byfield of Naturally You, Dionne Waugh of Bridal Dreams Jamaica and Gavin Bennett of CorporateU.
Jamaica Today caught up with Byfield who provided some insight on how the event came into being.
“First of all, we got an overwhelming response from Montego Bay, so I must thank the people of Montego Bay,” said Byfield, who added that the storyline of the Black Panther was a major source of inspiration.
“We all agreed that it wasn’t enough to just go to the movie. It needed to be an event.”
The three young professionals consulted with Palace Amusement and got the go-ahead on February 2, to plan their event.
The event started an hour before the premiering of the movie. Patrons were served beverages and food whilst being entertained by drummers and African folk forms.
More thanr 450 patrons attended the event, which started at 7:30 pm and was sponsored by 876Legends, Covermeup Tents, ReggaeTech, CPJ, Triple Glair, Decadent Catering and Payton’s Beauty Salon.
Representatives from both charities expressed gratitude for the kind gesture.
The movie grossed almost US$400 million worldwide on its opening weekend.