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  • The Montego Bay Boys’ and Girls’ Club has been given $250,000 by Summerfest Productions Limited, promoters of the annual Reggae Sumfest music show.
  • For his part, Mr. Earle, who has been a part of Montego Bay Boys’ and Girls’ Club for almost 60 years, expressed appreciation for the money.
  • The festival, which has received sponsorship from the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and other corporate entities will this year have only two nights of live performances at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre.

The Montego Bay Boys’ and Girls’ Club has been given $250,000 by Summerfest Productions Limited, promoters of the annual Reggae Sumfest music show.

The money will go towards purchasing much needed musical instruments for the club, which was founded in 1942.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Summerfest Productions Limited, Josef Bogdanovich, presented the money to David Earle, the club’s Senior Director, during the Montego Bay launch of Reggae Sumfest at the IberoStar Hotel on July 6.

Mr. Bogdanovich said the donation, which comes on the eve of the 24th staging of Reggae Sumfest from July 17 to 23, forms part of the company’s corporate responsibility as it promotes the growth and development of people and entities contributing to the development of human capital.

“We are extremely pleased to be making this donation to Montego Bay Boys’ and Girls’ Club, an entity which has not only produced some of Jamaica’s top musicians, but a number of the nation’s outstanding sports stars and scholars. This is our way of encouraging those who are part of that organisation to continue doing the work which benefits St. James, the western region and Jamaica on a whole,” he said.

For his part, Mr. Earle, who has been a part of Montego Bay Boys’ and Girls’ Club for almost 60 years, expressed appreciation for the money.

“We are extremely thankful for this gift which will assist us greatly in adding some new equipment and getting a few pieces repaired, as the band prepares for a number of upcoming engagements,” he said.

The Montego Bay Boys’ and Girls’ Club band has been a fixture at Civic and State events in Western Jamaica as well as at a number of hotels. The club is based along River Bay Road in Montego Bay.

Meanwhile, it is all systems go for the staging of Reggae Sumfest. The event is being staged for the first time under new management after Mr. Bogdanovich, through his company Down Sounds Records, purchased majority shares in Summerfest Productions Limited.

The festival, which has received sponsorship from the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and other corporate entities will this year have only two nights of live performances at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre.

It is estimated that events surrounding the festival will pump over US$20 million into the Montego Bay/Jamaican economy.