2011 Benefit Dinner and Dance

Held around the beautifully decorated poolside of The Palmyra Resort & Spa on February 11, 2011, with the stage erected across the pool to the backdrop of The Palmyra’s signature pavilion, Fae Ellington did a fabulous job as the MC for The Palmyra Foundation’s Benefit Dinner & Dance on the weekend’s second night. The Palmyra Foundation’s Robert Trotta reminded the audience that educating children is not only the responsibility of governments, but also society. Trotta has not only invested heavily in the island’s tourist industry, but in the lives of the country’s most vulnerable, – its children. Said Trotta: “As the fortunate citizens of a society, it is our job to help the children.” 

Outstanding performances were delivered by Jamaican jazz & blues icon Myrna Hague Bradshaw and the Dwight Richards band, before headliner and season two winner of American Idol, Grammy nominated American R&B artiste Ruben Studdard took to the stage. With a powerful, soulful performance, Studdard enthralled concert goers up-close and personal at the poolside of the new Montego Bay resort with a selection of great songs. Said spokesperson Ragni Trotta; “The Palmyra Foundation was absolutely delighted to host such a big star at our Saturday event. Ruben’s story perfectly embodies the message that you can be successful if you are willing to work hard towards your goal. He is an inspiration to us all.” His solo act was followed by an energetic performance of Dwight Richards and band, which inspired the crowd to dance the night away.

The event was well attended by 300 of the ‘Who’s Who’ of Jamaica’s business community and overseas visitors. Palmyra’s Executive Chef Scott Simpson provided patrons with delicious fare from several action food stations co-sponsored by Caribbean Producers Jamaica and Rainforest Seafoods, while Marguerites restaurant provided a dedicated pasta station. Mouthwatering desserts were sponsored by MoBay Chocolate Company, Alecia James and Calypso Gelato. Plenty of champagne, wine, rum, beer and drinks flowed courtesy of sponsors 1876 Wines, Appleton Rum, J. Wray & Nephew, Corona Extra, Ocean Spray, WATA, Coca Cola and Jablum Coffee. Produced by sponsors John Swaby Entertainment and Tai Flora, marketing of the event was provided by The Gleaner Company.

“My performance in Jamaica was a great experience, the audience has a love for great music and seemed to truly enjoy my set. The Performance of Tarrus Riley and Third World were the highlight of my trip. I'm surely looking forward to my return to Jamaica.”
– Ruben Studdard, American Idol Winner and R&B recording artist