St. Rose’s Alumni Assoc. USA Inc. celebrates 28th anniversary

Alumni - Denise Harris, Naline Persaud-Mc Millan (President), Beverly deAndrade-Waaldijk, Jennifer Harding, Compton Grose and Cheryl Alleyne at St. Rose's High School 28th Anniversary Awards Gala.
Alumni – Denise Harris, Naline Persaud-Mc Millan (President), Beverly deAndrade-Waaldijk, Jennifer Harding, Compton Grose and Cheryl Alleyne at St. Rose’s High School 28th Anniversary Awards Gala.
St. Rose’s Alumni Association

St. Rose’s Alumni Association USA Inc. recently honored past presidents, Lorraine Croft-Farnell, and Compton Grose, for their outstanding leadership, during a spectacular 28th Anniversary Awards gala, that also honored corporate sponsor Mid-Atlantic Oil & Gas Inc., for its contributions to the state-of-the-art technology lab, in the Georgetown, Guyana school.

Dennis A. Pieters, director, accepted the award on behalf of Mid-Alantic, while citations from NY State Senator Roxanne Persaud, were presented to all honorees, during an evening of elegance at Russo’s On the Bay, in Howard Beach, Brooklyn.

According to the planning committee, former students, and friends, enjoyed the wonderful Thursday, Sept. 1 gala, hosted once again, after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Past president, Lorraine Croft-Farnell accepting the award from current President Naline Persaud-McMillan, at St. Rose's High School 28th Anniversary Awards Gala.
Past president, Lorraine Croft-Farnell accepting the award from current President Naline Persaud-McMillan, at St. Rose’s High School 28th Anniversary Awards Gala. Courtesy St. Rose’s Alumni Association

The classy and elegant event was attended by approximately two hundred guests, who all had a fun time, reconnecting, and reminiscing. From the warm welcome in the lobby, to the ambiance of the venue, all surpassed as usual. The guests were beautifully serenaded on steel pan by Tyler Cohen during the cocktail hour, complemented with hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

Additional music was provided by the indomitable DJ Flexx, who had guests rocking until the last song was played. The evening ended with the winners of the silent auction of artwork donated by Guyanese artists, Mikael Phang and Derek Browne and the distribution of door prizes.

“Our appreciation to the co-chairs of our Fund-Raising Committee, Ingrid Thomas-Clark and Beverly deAndrade-Waaldijk who led the executive of our events for many years. It’s now time and they are passing the baton to Adunni Britton-Greene and Rock Harding,” said the alumni.

All proceeds will be used for projects at St. Rose’s approved by the board of governors and principal. The association thanked everyone who came out to support the event, and to all those who contributed financially or otherwise, to the success of the event.

Former students: Lex Barker, Orin Greene, Kirk Cramer, Cuthbert Hamilton, Rock Harding, at St. Rose's High School 28th Anniversary Awards Gala
Former students: Lex Barker, Orin Greene, Kirk Cramer, Cuthbert Hamilton, Rock Harding, at St. Rose’s High School 28th Anniversary Awards Gala.St. Rose’s Alumni Association

The organization, founded by a group of concerned alumni in the mid 1980’s was formed with the objective, to improve the quality of education and environment of St. Rose’s High School, Georgetown, Guyana.

It also aims to improve the quality of education and environment of St. Rose’s High School, and to establish a community among past students, hereafter referred to as St. Rose’s to benefit students, their families, faculty, and staff of the school, while raising funds to meet the needs of present students, faculty, and staff.

The group also supports the events of NY Guyanese High School Alumni organizations, associations, and clubs on behalf of St. Rose’s High School, and to get involved in other Guyanese community events that is approved by the executive board.”

In July 1994, a network of alumni decided to formally incorporate the association and on Dec. 29, 1994, the St. Rose’s Alumni Association USA (NYC) Inc. was granted incorporation under the laws of the state of New York as a domestic not-for-profit corporation.

St. Rose’s High School celebrated its 175th anniversary in August 2022 and is planning an international reunion in Georgetown from July 30 – Aug. 5, 2023.

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