SPBS, May 27th 2019 -- Despite the inclement weather, Crowds of people gathered at the Church of the Holy Nativity in the Bronx, New York on Saturday APRIL 20, 2019, when the Sandy Point Benevolent Society (SPBS) held its traditional breakfast. Scores of attendees consumed the sumptuous dishes, connected, reconnected and fellowshipped with each other. The festivities began at 9 am after Missionary Pinketts asked God’s blessing on the gathering and the food.
For the past eight years, the SPBS, a not for profit organization based in the US, has successfully hosted an Easter Saturday breakfast, offering patrons delightful and tasty choices of traditional Caribbean Easter foods. The group of hard-working citizens have also met with great success at re-uniting hundreds of citizens, especially Sandy Pointers and others from the adjoining villages residing abroad. Steadily, the number of supporters to the annual breakfast has grown and those committed to the cause of public service also continue to grow.
Our guests treated themselves to salt-fish, johnny cakes, conkie, mashed and whole green bananas, mackerel, dumplings, salt-fish balls, pumpkin and banana fritters, fried plantains, tasty bread pudding, mint bush tea, lemon grass and ginger tea combination and many other treats. Most cried out for more bush tea, ginger beer and sorrel. In addition to the great food, patrons were entertained by the sweet sounds of music offered by Mr. Bridgewater & his steel pan and organ accompaniment; and by the melodious singing of Ms. Amory.
We wish to thank members from other New York based organizations who were also in attendance to support the breakfast and to promote their various community outreach initiatives.
Later in the proceedings, President & Founder, Stewart Williams once again showered praises on the chairperson of the breakfast committee, Mrs. Paulette Smithen and members of the entire team of workers and donors, who continue to immerse themselves in planning, organizing and delivering yet again another successful event. He also offered special thanks to patrons who attend the much talked about breakfast annually, including sister organizations who continue to uphold the nation's motto of “Country above Self” in the work they do abroad for their respective Kittitian and Nevisian causes in the federation.
Williams took the opportunity to remind attendees of the remarkable work of the SPBS. The members of SPBS also displayed their newly designed T-shirts which were on sale for $20 to $25 each. These T-shirts can be bought from members of SPBS in North America and in St. Kitts. He further mentioned the repeating scholarships being offered to qualified citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis to who attended the Sandy Point High School/Charles E. Mills Secondary and Verchild's High School and new scholarships opened to Kittitians and Nevisians to attend Monroe College. These scholarships can be applied for on www.spbsinc.org/scholarships/. He also excited the grouping by announcing that the annual SPBS Awards Banquet for 2019 will be held at Maestros, NY on August 31, 2019. So, save the date – August 31, 2019!
The SPBS breakfast chairperson, Mrs. Paulette Mills-Smithen thanks all who continue to contribute to the various fundraisers of the organization and looks forward to continued support for the annual Easter Breakfast. To those who donated dishes, THANK YOU. Also, a very special thank you to our official photographers, Samuel Jones and Marvin Manning.
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