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Bahamas Host with the Most, Dinner Roast and Toast, a Grand Evening
By Deborah Pratt
May 31, 2018 - 10:30:35 AM

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FAMILY IS EVERYTHING….L-R Standing: Spencer , Cleopatra, Davonia, Destiny, Maureen, Elijah…Sitting: Tasha, David, and Charmene. Photo: Derek Carroll

The Gala Dinner Roast and Toast, held in honor of former Member of Parliament, Mr. David Wallace, this past Saturday, May 26th, 2018, was indeed a night of Lambaste, Laud and lots of Laughter!

Approximately two hundred and fifty guests, dressed in fine attire, assembled at The Grand Ball Room of the Grand Lucayan Hotel, to show their love and appreciation for this Bahamian Icon, dubbed The Bahamas’ Host with The Most.

Upon entering the room, the guests were immediately captivated by the beautiful décor done by Mr. Andrew Forbes and his design team of Crème De La Crème. The room was absolutely stunning, adorned in the colors of love; red and white, with a touch of black, highlighted by elegant, tall vases with red roses as the center piece on every table. The décor helped to create the delightful ambience of the evening.

DAVID WALLACE poses with his cousin Emmanuel Wallace and daughter Ka-Desh and his sister, Maureen Wallace. Photo: Derek Carroll

From the beginning to the end, the event was quite enjoyable. The hosts for the evening Mr. Wilbert Stubbs and Ms. Karen Ferguson-Bain kept the guests entertained with their charm and great humor. The Cooling Waters kicked off the evening with a few of David’s favorite songs from their collection, bringing the guest of honor and others in attendance to their feet.

The House Band for the evening was the amazing Little Joe Cartwright and The Trouble Band.

Roasts and Toasts were done by family members of Mr. Wallace, former classmates, former work colleagues and politicians who all swore NOT to tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth, providing much laughter for the audience.

There were lots of door prizes and also giveaways to persons in attendance based on questions asked by the hosts, testing how well they knew the guest of honor.

As it was also David’s birthday, everyone sang happy birthday to him and there was a beautiful birthday cake for him to cut.

Of course, being David Wallace, in giving his response at the end of the evening, he had the crowd ‘cracking up’ with jokes of his own. He also spoke about how he tried to get the committee to call off the event (which was initially intended to be a surprise) once he by chance found out about it, but in the end he appreciated the kind gesture and thanked the committee and all those who made the sacrifice to attend.

DAVID IS FLANKED by family members at a recent dinner Roast/Toast held in his honour. L_R sister, Maureen Wallace, daughters Cleoptra Russell Davonia Archer and Cheryl and Elvis Bartlett. Photo: Derek Carroll

Bahamian Entertainer Extraordinaire, Mr. Kirkland Bodie, better known as KB, capped off the evening singing some of his most popular hits.

Ms. Marvette Russell, chairman of The Bahamas’ Host with The Most Committee said, “I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to all who contributed in any way to making the evening such a success. I wish to acknowledge: Island Seas Resort, JAGS International Limited, Ricky and Sarah Rolle of Ocean Motion, Balearia,  Phluid Phactory, Shantae Stuart of N&A Take Away, Jason Martin Sr. of Neighborhood Apartments and Car Rentals, Mike Wilson of First Class Limousine Service, Bahamas Sanitary Engineering, Velainte Grant and Copyright Business Center, Bahamian Brewery, Tennille Cleare, The Cooling Waters, Mr. Kirkland Bodie (KB), Trouble Band, Mr. Clint Gilbert, Mr. Andrew Stuart, Mr. Oswald Ellis, Mr. Andrew Forbes, Mr. Wilbert Stubbs and Ms. Karen Ferguson Bain.”

She continued, “I also wish to thank all who placed ads in our commemorative booklet including: Ashby Investments Limited, Bishop Michael Eldon School, Polymers International Limited, Star General Insurance, Mr. Gregory H. Bonamy of Colina Insurance, Freeport Oil Company Limited, Crème De La Crème, Grand Bahama Port Authority, West Grand Bahama District of Local Government, Fidelity Bank, Jack Sparrow’s Grill Pit, Freeport High School Class of 76, Debbie and Donald Archer, Angela Hanna and Petra Adderley, Elcott and Veoshe Johnson and family, Burger King Restaurants, Bethel Superstore, Insurance Management, Total Education Center, Emmanuel Wallace and Family, Freeport Bible Church, Freeport High School Class of 1978 and 1979, Mr. David Charlton, Grand Bahama Taxi Union, Leslie and Charlene Low and family, Annie Charlton Inspirational Arts and Entertainment, and the family of David Wallace.

DAVID POSES WITH MP Michael Pintard, Minister of Youth Sports and Culture along with co-hosts, Karen Ferguson-Bain and Wilbert Stubbs, while sister Maureen smiles. Photo: Derek Carroll

Thanks to The Honorable Michael Pintard, Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture, former M.P. Neko Grant, Maureen Wallace, Dr. Kevin King, Kevin Russell and Peter Adderley who all accepted the challenge to roast and toast the guest of honour.

Hats off to my hard working committee for ‘buying into my vision’ and working so hard over the past few months, to see it to fruition.

To the Grand Bahama community, we say thank you for your sacrifice in coming out in such great numbers helping to make this such a grand celebration for Mr. David Wallace.”

Slide show: Photos: Derek Carroll

FORMER POLITICAL COLLEAUES share an amusing moment following the subtle but searing roast of comments by Neko Grant former MP for Lucaya. Photo: Derek Carroll

DAVID’S WIFE, CHARMENE, gets the first piece of cake while brother spencer and sister Tasha look on. Photo: Derek Carroll

BAHAMIAN ENTERTAINER EXTRAORDINAIRE Kirk Bodie, “aka” KB is seen on stage with Lil Joe and the band called “Trouble” who backed him up with live music. Photo: Derek Carroll

ADMINISTRATOR DON CORNISH is seen with David, former High Rock MP Kenneth Russell and Greg Bonamy at the recent Dinner Roast & Toast to honour Mr. Wallace. Photo: Derek Carroll

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