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(Photos) The Red Rose Ball Committee delivers A Night at the Taj Mahal, India
By The Bahamas Weekly News Team
Nov 11, 2009 - 7:36:06 PM

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The 2009 Red Rose Ball Committee stands for a photo with Her Excellency, Nicole Avant, US Ambassador to The Bahamas (4th from right). Standing far left is John Rood, former US Ambassador to The Bahamas. Photo: Derek Carroll

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas - On November 7th, 2009  at the Grand Ballroom Radisson at Our Lucaya, the Red Rose Ball Committee celebrated their 10th Anniversary of promoting and educating through the Grand Bahama AIDS Awareness Committee the successful message of “Prevention Now!” The Red Rose Ball Committee is well known for its ability to create the most enchanting evenings of entertainment, elegance and ambiance and A Night at the Taj Mahal, India delivered just that!

Special visiting guests were Her Excellency  Nicole Avant, newly appointed
United States Ambassador to The Bahamas who delivered remarks prior to the Ball at a special VIP and sponsor reception.  Also in attendance was past US Ambassador John Rood, and Katherine 'Kay' Forbes-Smith, The Bahamas' Consul General in Atlanta making this her first trip home since taking up her appointment in the USA.

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Her Excellency Nicole Avant, newly appointed Ambassador of the United States to The Bahamas speaks at a VIP reception at the 2009 Red Rose Ball at the Radisson Our Lucaya, Grand Bahama Island. Photo: Derek Carroll



The evening began by special entry and introduction of the honoured guest. Once all were seated a Bahamian and American national flag ceremony took place and Minerva Kemp sang both national anthems. Opening entertainment was provided by Bahamas Dance Theater, featuring Indian-style dance which was choreographed by Jullion Collie.

Visiting guest speaker was Jasmin D. Shirley, MSPH Vice President of Community Health Services for Broward Health in Florida.  Master of ceremony for the evening was the charming Mark Gardiner, and music for dance and dining was provided by the Apple Elliott band as well as The Matrix.

Guests dined on an Indian infused menu of special salad, seared tenderloin of beef laced with curry, and grilled Bombay shrimp, and banana and dark chocolate mousse ganache with mango and peppermint chutney for dessert.

The main focus of the committee is the provision of much needed funding to GBAAC for ensuring that their goals of informing the general populous of HIV/AIDS on an Annual basis is achieved.


Wonderful raffle prizes were given out including trips for two from American Airines to Europe and the USA.

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SLIDE SHOW: Photos by Derek Carroll



 
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Special guests of the 2009 Red Rose Ball held at the Radisson Our Lucaya, on November 7th. Left to right: Katherine 'Kay' Forbes-Smith, The Bahamas' Consul General in Atlanta; Her Excellency Nicole Avant, newly appointed Ambassador of the United States to The Bahamas; and former US Ambassador, John Rood. Photo: Derek Carroll



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Special guests of the 2009 Red Rose Ball on November 7th. Left to right: Jefferson Dubel, Chief, diplomat, Embassy of the USA; Her Excellency Nicole Avant, US Ambassador to The Bahamas; Mr and Mrs John Rood, former US Ambassador to The Bahamas. Photo: Derek Carroll



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Oswald Ellis of the Red Rose Ball Committee presents Her Excellency, Nicole Avant, US Ambassador to The Bahamas with a gift on November 7th, 2009. Photo: Derek Carroll



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Red Rose Ball Committee member, Minerva Kemp presents guest speaker, Jasmin Shirley with a gift. Ms. Shirley is a renowned international advocate and executive in the field of medicine with specific concentration on HIV/AIDS education and treatment. Photo: Derek Carroll




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SLIDE SHOW: Mr. John Rood, former US Ambassador to The Bahamas assisted Red Rose Ball Committee Chairperson Mrs. Odette Knowles in presenting certificates of appreciation to sponsors of the Red Rose Ball 2009. Photos: Derek Carroll


Executive Partners:

American Airlines

Grand Bahama Port Authority

Vopak Terminal Bahamas

Freeport Container Port

Grand Bahama Health Services

Ross University

 

Corporate Partner

First Caribbean International Bank

Bank of Nova Scotia

Polymers International

West Atlantic Marine

New Image Beauty Supplies Ltd.

1.9.6. The Experience

Pharmachem    

 

Partners

Grand Bahama Shipyard

Pelican Bay Resort

Callenders and Co.

 


Media Sponsor

www.thebahamasweekly.com


Donors

Clarins Group
1.9.6. The Experience
Bellevue Business Depot
Callenders & Co
Bristol Wines & Spirits
China Arts & Craft
Dr. George Charity
(Rico) Labelle Beauty Salon
Royal Bahamas Police Force
Radisson at our Lucaya
Gizmos and Gadgets
Steppin Out
Hi-Tech Electronics
Ashton Jones and Associates
BTC
Furniture Plus


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Robbin Whachell of The Bahamas Weekly during an interview with Chairperson of the Red Rose Ball, Odette Knowles. Stay tuned for the upcoming video production by media sponsors of the event The Bahamas Weekly. Photo: Robbin Whachell

Stay tuned for The Bahamas Weekly's upcoming VIDEO production showcasing highlights from the event.



The Bahamas Weekly wishes to thank 1.9.6 The Experience for clothes worn by Robbin Whachell.


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