By Aubrey Campbell
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL. Wednesday, May 16, 2018 –
The upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend will not be “business as usual” for Montegonians and friends of the Western city, who have made South Florida their home away from home. That is because they are concerned about the current profile of the place they once called home.
In an effort to arrest some of the negativity of the recent past, a group of Montegonians has decided to re-group over the holiday weekend and to put their money where their mouths and hearts are.
Espousing the adage that “charity begins at home”, a small group of concerned Montegonians is hoping that the wider South Florida community will support their planned Reunion Dinner & Dance on Sunday, May 27, at the St. Mary Armenia Hall, at 4050 NW 100 Avenue in Hollywood, Florida.
The three-course menu of fun, food and fellowship, starts at 7.30 pm.
“We are reviving an event that started some eight years ago and putting more meaning and purpose to it,” said one member of the planning team.
Seeing long time friends and family remains the primary objective of the gathering. However, a spokesman said they are earmarking proceeds from the event to benefit the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH), the multi-disciplinary healthcare facility that has been plagued by controversy following a months-long problem of noxious fumes. Most of the services of the CRH have been relocated to Falmouth Hospital and other facilities including on the grounds of the troubled facility.
In previous years, the organizers of the reunion focused on the education sector, assisting with scholarships and bursaries for students.
Patrons attending the event will be treated to a full program that includes, cocktails, dinner, dancing, live entertainment and prizes, donated by a number of corporate partners who are supporting the event.
Recording artiste Alvin James “AJ Boots” Brown, lead vocalist of the Third World Band, who grew up in the Mount Salem neighborhood across the street from the hospital, will headline the showtime segment, alongside the artiste known as ‘Star of David’, a veteran in the entertainment business. Popular DJ, Janice The Empress will be on the turntables.
Tickets for the event are on sale at Eventbrite.com, or 954.637.1999 (text only); 954-297-3468, 954-294-5993, and 772-261-7389.