ENTERTAINMENT IN HIGH GEAR FOR TOY INDOOR BAR-B-Q
Bronx, New York, November 13, 2012
Cotton Tree Toys For Kids 4th Annual Toy Indoor Bar-B-Q is in high gear for Saturday, November 17 at Sunset Hall, 106 West First Street in Mount Vernon, New York. Not only is it in high gear, it is the talk of the town. The event starts at 10:00 a.m.
The dynamic line up of recording artiste’s include Stephen Souza a.k.a. “The Reggae Gentleman”, Fe` Smith, “The Jamaican Princess”, Devon Jorge “Jamaica Nice” and Channa D out of Connecticut, all promising to Woo the crowd with music from the heart that hits you right between the eyes.
As entertainers on the music circuit, all three have been credited with recordings of outstanding qualities. Stephen’s latest release “That is How Much” has earned him immeasurable accolades; Fe` Smith’s “Love is a gamble” and “Antidote” is taking her places; Devon Jorge is undoubtedly one of the most promising, conscious and inspirational singer
/songwriter to emerge in the reggae genre, while Channa D’s “Bloody Tears” and “Friends That Past” is earth shattering!
These extraordinary artistes are not “just blessed with a wealth of musical styles” but rather smooth and expressive voices that have made their names renowned.
The Event is known to showcase upcoming talents across the Tristate area and this Saturday is no exception and promises to be GREAT!
Denise Gomez, Communications Director
TO DATE…THE BIGGEST EVENT
Balaclava, St. Elizabeth, January 3, 2012 – The 15th staging of the Cotton Tree Toys for Kids (CTTFK) Christmas treat and toys-give away dubbed “15…A dream for our children” was held on Monday December 26th in Balaclava, St. Elizabeth on the grounds of the Balaclava Community Center. The day was a tremendous success. The treat which was officially declared opened by President & Founder of CTTFK, Venroy Nairne, began with prayer by Minister Winston Daley from the United Pentecostal Church in Kingston.
Linkz96 FM out of the westernmost parish of Jamaica (Westmoreland) provided live outside broadcast hosted by Carla Morris with technical Operator Patrick “pumpy” Williams. The thrill and excitement for the children’s entertainment package came from the “IT’S A PARTY TEAM” included bounce a bout, ferris wheel and the high striker. The children were treated to snow cones and popcorn also by the team.
This year saw the inclusion of a football competition where teams competed for trophies. The competition was won by the team that journeyed from St. Thomas, Central York United; with the local team Balaclava placing second. While the footballers vied to be on top, several activities geared at entertaining the younger children were in full swing including hoola hoop competition, needle and thread as well as dancing competitions for various age groups. The children also spoke about their schools, career goals with child-like enthusiasm.
Christmas gifts were then distributed to over a thousand children from Balaclava, surrounding communities and visiting parishes.
Finally the time came for the highly anticipated Miss Cotton Tree Toys for Kids Pageant MC’d by Carla Morris, General Manager and television host at Best of Jamaica (BOJ) Television Station. The distinguished panel of judges were Mrs. Leisha Henry-Salkey- Teacher, Ms. Jhaenell Lindo- Miss Teen Jamaica World 2011 and Ms. Khaliah Pennicott, Community Health Aide attached to the Balaclava Health Center.
Six girls competed for the coveted title: Kalia Farquharson -Miss Jackie’s Paradise; Nadine Mcleish -Miss Inner City Check Cashing; Shantaya Lewis -Miss Royal Caribbean Bakery; Annalisa Jackson- Miss H & F Heating & Air Conditioning; Natasha Williams -Miss Benjamin Moore Paint Store; Crystal Blake – Miss Dennis Saunders.
All six contestants were well received by the over 2000 strong crowd. The girls modeled in casual wear, swim wear and creative wear where they were required to create their own garment from everyday items, and formal wear. Their performances had the judges deliberating for a long time while the audience waited with bated breath for the announcements. Shantoya Lewis who wore the sash of Miss Royal Caribbean Bakery was declared the winner. 2nd place went to Natasha Williams Miss Benjamin Moore Paint Store and 3rd place to Nadine McLeish, Miss Inner City Check Cashing.
The sectional prize winners were: Natasha Williams, Most Congenial; she also shared the prize for Most Talented with Annalisa Jackson. Nadine McLeish took home the prize of Most Creative while Shantoya Lewis copped three prizes -Best Smile, Best Figure and Most Intelligent.
During the pageant the crowd was entertained by the sweet voice of Keona Bailey, head girl of Westwood High and the Razor squad out of Union with their dynamic and creative moves.
In a nut shell the 15th staging was a tremendous success. Special thanks must be given to all the persons who helped to make this venture a reality especially to the overseas residents from the Tristate area, Connecticut and New Jersey. To the Jamaican companies and organizations – Maya Chung and the Maya Chung Autism & Disabilities Foundation, Nadeen Neil and the team from One Stop Computers Limited and Digicel who donated gifts, time and monies to the organization.
To the members of the planning committee (Jamaica and USA) for their undying commitment, the principal of the Balaclava Primary School who allowed us to use the school for training, the members of the Balaclava Community Center Committee, the esteemed judges who did their jobs without bias or favour and above all to the unwavering Jamaicans who turned out to support what is to date the biggest event.
Above all thanks be to the Lord who gave us the strength to host this event another year.
All being well, same place, same time next year…
Public Relations Officer–Events Planning
3RD STAGING OF TOY DRIVE DONATION THE BEST EVER
Bronx, New York – December 14, 2011 – The third staging of Cotton Tree Toys For Kids, Inc. Toy Indoor-Bar-B-Q held on Saturday, November 19th in the centrally located Sunset Hall, 106 West 1st Street in Mount Vernon, New York saw patrons filing in from across the Tristate area to music provided by the multi-talented DJ Mr. Lee, marketing representative for Cotton Tree Toys For Kids, Inc. along side DJ Linkage of Linkage Radio.
The President and Founder Venroy Nairne, with his dynamic team synchronized leading radio stations, business owners, churches and the public in an effort to garner toys and educational materials for children in Jamaica. The response was overwhelming.
The day-long event kicked off with games and activities for children and adults randomly chosen from the audience who participated in egg and spoon, needle and thread, two-legged race, among others…
The Organization outwitted their counterparts with surprise Certificates of Appreciation to well known artistes, disc jockeys, radio stations, restaurateurs and individuals in recognition of their contribution to the organization. Ranking Joe, Disco Kid of WVIP 93.5 FM, Jenniffer Douglas, Andrea Davis of Cooyah Restaurant were on hand to receive their certificates.
Not only were the patrons entertained and fed tasty West Indian dishes donated by restaurants and individuals in the Bronx and Mount Vernon, but prizes and surprises kept the momentum in full gear. Poetic performances by Jenniffer Douglas a.k.a. Miss Jen and Maxine Lyons a.k.a. Max Poet had everyone fascinated with their flair of Jamaican theatre. Legendary reggae performer Joseph Jackson a.k.a. Ranking Joe stole the show with his lyrical tongue-twisting lyrics that had couples dancing to songs that brought back memories of the good old days. Upcoming artiste Devon Jorge swayed the crowd with his favored ingle “Jamaica Nice”, while Prince out of Jamaica crooned his way into the hearts of the ladies. Bronx businessman and singer Derrick Auto sang his favorite classics to the delight of the audience. Not to be outdone were the Bailey sisters who wowed the crowd with their melodious renditions. The event would not be the same without Gospel DJ Ras Blazer out of Yonkers declaring blessing in the midst. Local artistes Champagne and Tafari rocked their fans with familiar tunes while DJ Gassy from Linkage Radio wailed his “Country Life” tune to an endearing audience.
The organizers wrapped up the 3rd staging with memorable moments in Sunset Hall. For 2012 the sky is the limit!
Cotton Tree Toys For Kids, Inc.
COTTON TREE TOYS FOR KIDS, INCORPORATED LAUNCHED MAY 1
Organization to implement upcoming projects for children in St. Elizabeth, JWI
BRONX, NEW YORK, May 3, 2010 – Cotton Tree Toys For Kids, Inc. held the official launch on May 1 under the theme ‘Help make a difference in a child’s life’ to an enthusiastic audience at the Primrose Cricket Club, Bronx, New York.
Founder and President, Venroy Nairne in his introductory speech commented on the organizations fourteen-year milestone through the support of sponsors, interest groups and business professionals who have given their time and resources to the annual Christmas treat and toy give away in Union, Balaclava, St. Elizabeth.
The dynamic Sonji Anderson with her intellect and sharp sense of humour moderated the evening’s event with precise intention. The evening’s speakers included a range of professionals and from the clergy. The speakers included Keynote Speaker, Tracey Blackwood, Deputy Consul, Consulate General of Jamaica, Donald Vernon, attorney-at-law, Vernon & Associates, June O’Connor, Founder of The Garvey School and Bishop Simon White, Minister of Joy Fellowship Christian Assemblies, Inc.
Endorsements were brought by Garfield Comrie, Caribbean Marketing Consultant, Western Union Money Transfer, Anthony Whitehead, Assistant Manager, Benjamin Moore Pain Store and Dexter Blake, CEO, Linkage Radio 101.5 FM.
The launch culminated with an exciting entertainment package with poetic pieces from Michelle Bailey (Michy B of Linkage Radio), Maxine Lyons (Max Poet), and a stirring performance by Ky–enie from Beat Mania Productions.
The objective of Cotton Tree Toys For Kids, Incorporated is to create an indomitable network with its sponsors and supporters to implement upcoming projects and activities for Balaclava Primary School to benefit the children of St. Elizabeth, Jamaica.
Denise Gomez, Communications Director
Cotton Tree Toys For Kids, Inc.
PRESS RELEASE: Cotton Tree Toys for Kids, Inc. to Launch May 1
BRONX, NEW YORK, April 8, 2010 — ‘Help make a difference in a child’s life’ the magnetic motto of Cotton Tree Toys for Kids, Inc. will launch on Saturday, May 1, 2010 at the Primrose Cricket Club, Bronx, New York.
With the interest and participation garnered from sponsors, interest groups and individuals, such as Hon. Geneive Brown-Metzger, Consul General, Consulate General of Jamaica, attorney, Donald Vernon, Donald Vernon & Associates, Gwendolyn Williams, CEO, Dream Castle Villa, media companies, restaurateurs, and radio personalities, Cotton Tree Toys for Kids, Inc. aims to create a global initiative for people to embrace the heartwarming cause of donating toys to children at Christmas time with upcoming projects in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica.
The Launch promises to be entertaining and will feature artistes, poets, authors with a touch of drama to a zestful audience collaborating together with the interest for children on a broad cultural level.
Cotton Tree Toys for Kids, Inc. aim to build its momentum with integrity, tenacity and a vision for children of the present and future generations. It plans to expand from its New York and Jamaican base to greater horizons in the future.
For more information, visit: http://www.cottontreetoysforkids.com.
Bronx, New York
RELEASE: CHRISTMAS TREAT A BLAST!
The 13th staging of the Cotton Tree Toys for Kids Christmas treat and toy-give away held on Friday December 25th in Union District, Balaclava, St. Elizabeth was tremendously successful. The treat was officially declared opened by Venroy Nairne, President/ CEO. The day’s proceedings began with prayer by Minister Winston Daley from the United Pentecostal Church in Kingston.
Live broadcast courtesy of Linkz96 FM out of the westernmost parish of Jamaica (Westmoreland) was hosted by Carla Morris and DJ Dejavu to the delight of the Jamaican audience alongside DJ Linkage of Linkage Radio 101.5 FM that streamed the proceedings straight from Union to New York and across the world.
The thrill and excitement for the children’s entertainment package from “IT’S A PARTY TEAM” included water slide, ferris wheel, rock climbing and the indomitable electronic Bull. Meanwhile, the older boys played football while the girls showcased their dancing skills.
Christmas gifts were distributed to over a thousand children within Union and surrounding communities.
Finally the time came for the highly anticipated Miss Cotton Tree Toys for Kids Pageant MC’d by Carla Morris radio announcer of Linkz96 FM. The judges were Tishawna McMaster-Isaacs – Educator and former Miss St. Elizabeth Festival queen; Mrs. Leisha Henry-Salkey- Teacher, and Ms. Jenese Whitfield, Constable of Police attached to the St. Elizabeth Police Division.
Seven girls competed for the coveted title: Sashagaye Richards-Miss Jackie’s Paradise; Nadine McLeish-Miss Express Barber Shop; Nashecka McLeish-Miss Inner City Check Cashing; Melissa Foster-Miss TripleC HVAC General Construction Inc.; Marsha Foster-Miss Royal Caribbean Bakery; Patricia Allen-Miss Ian Gates & Door Welding; Nichola Smith-Miss Benjamin Moore Paint Store.
All seven contestants were well received by the over 2000 strong crowd. Their performances had the judges deliberating while the audience waited with bated breath for the announcements. Melissa Foster who wore the sash of Miss TripleC HVAC General Construction was declared the winner. 2nd place went to Nichola Smith Miss Benjamin Moore Paint Store and 3rd place to Sashagaye Richards Miss Jackie’s Paradise.
The sectional prize winners were awarded to: Melissa Foster-Best Smile; Sashagaye Richards-Most Congenial; Nadine McLeish-Most Talented; Nichola Smith copped two awards for Most Aware & Best Evening Wear.
After the pageant ended the stage was left opened for the fun. DJ Linkage took to the stage and hosted a number of dancing competitions showcasing the best of St. Elizabeth dancers. The Razor squad out of Union stole the night and captured the heart of the crowd with their dynamic and creative moves. Highly acclaimed “Henchman” gave a short and sweet performance to the receptive audience.
In a nut shell the 13th staging was a tremendous success. Special thanks must be given to all the persons who helped to make this venture a reality especially to the overseas residents from the Tristate area, Connecticut and New Jersey who donated gifts, time and monies to the organization.
To the members of the planning committee (Jamaica and USA) for their undying commitment, the principal of the Balaclava Primary School who allowed us to use the school for training, to the residents who turned out to support the event, the esteemed judges who did their jobs without bias or favour.
Above all thanks be to the Lord who gave us the strength to do this another year.
All being well, same place, same time next year…
Vice President (Jamaica)
December 28, 2009
RELEASE: Toy In-door Bar-B-Q – “SELL OFF EVENT…”
“HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN A CHILD’S LIFE…” the adoring slogan of Cotton Tree Toys for Kids’ Organization kicked off it’s first one-of-a-kind fun filled staging of the Toy In-door Bar-B-Q held on Saturday, November 28, 2009 at Sunset Hall, 106 West First Street, Mount Vernon, New York.
This dynamic not-for-profit organization formed in 1996 created an endearing and playful atmosphere for over 200 children and adults within the Tristate and Connecticut.
The day’s highly anticipated activities commenced at 12:30 p.m. with prayer by Ms. Goodall an avid listener, followed by Lady D of WLNK Linkage Radio 101.5 FM in her capacity as Communications Director/PRO with welcome and introduction. President, Venroy Nairne (a.k.a. Temple Guard) extended welcome and gave a brief summary of the organization’s role and objectives.
Through a collaborative effort, DJ’s Professor Wise and African Prince mastered their early roles as MC’s juggling interviews with high energy.
DJ’s Gassy, Mr. Lee, Earth Angel, Black Lotto, Mardo, Michy B, Temple, Oliver, Chef Private, Green Tea, Humble Lion, Jamar and Kemar, played their respective roles throughout the day while interacting with their fans.
Lady D and Professor Wise started a series of recreational activities with games such as sack race, egg and spoon race, needle and thread race in which adults and children participated with great enthusiasm.
The hoola hoop competition started off with Michy B (radio personality of Linkage Radio) who spun her way to stardom to the delightful audience. Several children also showcased their hoola prowess with great speed and determination. One contestant in height of her fervor ‘hooped’ a chicken leg from the plate of an elderly woman leaving the audience ‘ducking’ from side to side in fear of their plates and heads being hooped away.
The thrill of the events were heard by millions across the Tristate and the world via live broadcast on Linkage Radio 101.5 FM and the World Wide Web spearheaded by DJ Linkage who meddled his way throughout the activities. GREAT JOB DJ LINKAGE!!
The entertainment package was undeniably nostalgic! We were honoured to have one of our very own stars from the the days of “Lime Tree Lane”…Donald! Donald accompanied by his wife Sonji displayed their theatrical pieces in song and story telling. Donald had us rocking to lyrics symbolic to the parishes of Jamaica. FANTASTIC!
In addition to the adrenalin rush the patrons were filled with sumptuous meals catered by Linkage Caribbean Restaurant, Foodz to Go, Golden Crust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, Faithy’s Kitchen, Richie Rich Caribbean & American Cuisine, Royal Caribbean Bakery, Jenny’ Corner Palace, Club in Time, Country Yard Restaurant, O.K. Freddies.
A silent but rude awakening came when DJ Linkage dipped his way into the beautifully decorated salad which as it turned out was quite hot. Flavoured peppers stung DJ Linkage into silence while his eyes roved the hall to see if his demise was spotted by anyone. Unknowingly to him his demise was spotted by Temple Guard who witnessed his ‘burning’ moment – lol!
The Bar-B-Q culminated with a sterling performance by Ranking Joe international artiste who brought the ‘hall’ down vintage style. Several local acts also displayed their unique talents to the delight of the audience.
In the final analysis, the toy donations received surmount the table top with rows of toys of varying craftsmanship ranging from newborn to teens.
Congratulations to all who donated their time, toys, monies and expertise to a memorable event.
“To dream the impossible dream…” speaks of Venroy Nairne whose vision and motto of the organization is ‘HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN A CHILD’S LIFE’ has undoubtedly touched the lives of children in the Tristate, Connecticut and Jamaica. His passion for the children in his quaint community in Union, Balaclava, St. Elizabeth has sparked a phenomenal venture across the island with the gift of toys on Christmas day.
The toy drive was sponsored by WLNK Linkage Radio 101.5 FM, Link up Radio, Travellers Beach Resort, Dream Castle Villa and Temple Guard Iron Works.
Cotton Tree Toys for Kids Toy In-door Bar-B-Q – “SELL OFF EVENT…”
Cotton Tree Toys for Kids Inc.
December 1, 2009