The Vincentian Association of Pennsylvania has donated EC$2,000.00 to the Argyle International Airport, this, as Vincentians at home and abroad continue to make tangible contributions to the construction of the Argyle International Airport.
The donation is part of proceeds raised during a concert held late last year to raise monies for the airport. The donation was made on Tuesday February 18th at the office of the Vincentian Newspaper by Cindy Cordice-Barker, who did so on behalf of the Association.
Below is a story about the event which was first published in the Vincentian Newspaper in late 2013.
Vincy patriot holds successful fundraiser for Argyle International Airport
By Nelson A. King
James Cordice, the Clare Valley-born mastermind behind St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ participation in the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has joined efforts in the United States in raising funds for the Argyle International Airport.
The former president of the Philadelphia-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Organization of Pennsylvania (SVGOP) recently collaborated with Kylla Herbert, co-founder of the Philadelphia-based Caribbean American Heritage Collaborative, Inc. (CAHCI), in staging what Cordice described as a “very successful” concert for the airport at the Vincentian-owned Calabash Restaurant and Lounge in Philadelphia.
The event, dubbed “Soca 4 Argyle International Airport,” featured a number of leading Vincentian calypso and soca artistes in the United States, including Alson “Becket” Cyprus, Winston Soso, Cyril “Scorcher” Thomas, Lively, Fabulous T, Cutis-C, Philly Dilly, Pelle and Jakie.
Cordice, who owns the construction company, Cordice Enterprise, said the artistes performed freely for the largest capital project ever in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
“It's an unbelievably wonderful feeling, a level of pride, a sense of accomplishment that engulfs me whenever I get a chance to do something for Yurumein (St. Vincent and the Grenadines),” Cordice told THE VINCENTIAN, in an exclusive interview, about the “amazing display of raw Vincy talent.”
He said when he first approached Becket about the initiative, he instantly agreed, saying it was “a great idea.”
Cordice said Becket also recommended some Vincentian artistes, most of whom are based in New York, to “give of their talent free of cost.”
Despite thundershowers on the night of the event, Cordice said nationals still braved the weather to support the airport cause, adding that all Vincentians, regardless of political persuasion, should support the project that would be beneficial to the entire nation.
He said the umbrella Vincentian group in the US, the Brooklyn-based Council of St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Organizations, U.S.A., Inc. (COSAGO), had also supported the fundraising drive.
A busload of nationals from New York, including Godfrey Pitt, chairman of the Argyle International Airport New York Support Committee, and cultural figure Verna Arthur, had also trekked to Philadelphia for the event.
“I would like to congratulate Mr. Cordice on this wonderful cause,” said Soso, renowned as the “Rolls Royce of Calypso,” about “Soca 4 Argyle International Airport.” “Thanks for letting me be a part of it!”
Curtis-C said the show was a “perfect example of why we should come together as one people, one nation.
“When I see people put their country before their party, to support something the country needed for so long, it’s a very good sign,” he said.
Gregory Bacchus, a former keyboardist with the defunct band, Asterisk, who travelled from Miami, was very happy with the event.
“The show was nice, the crowd was happy, the music was right, the love was there,” he said. “[This is] the start of something good.”
Philly Dilly said it was “a very good show, with all the stars from St. Vincent and the Grenadines; while Fabulous-T summed it up: “It was “the best show ever.”
Cordice said he will shortly disclose the amount of money raised at the event for the Argyle International Airport.
Pitt, a Georgetown native and former police officer with the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force, said his New York-based committee has to date raised, primarily through gospel concerts and BBQs, in the region of US$30,000 for the project.
He said his group will stage another large gospel concert for the airport on Nov. 23, at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center, 671 Prospect Place, Brooklyn.
Award-winning Caribbean Gospel Diva Bridget Blucher and evangelist Ellsworth Quammie, formerly calypsonian “Life Boy,” will be among a host of artistes.
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