Saturday 15 December, 2018

Supreme Ventures donates $5m to St Catherine High auditorium project

 Supreme Ventures Chief Marketing Officer, Heather Goldson [2nd left] presents a symbolic cheque to Principal of the St. Catherine High School, Marlon Campbell during the handover ceremony at the school on Thursday, November 29. Sharing in the moment are Sharon Dale, Chairman of the Board of Governors and a student.

Supreme Ventures Chief Marketing Officer, Heather Goldson [2nd left] presents a symbolic cheque to Principal of the St. Catherine High School, Marlon Campbell during the handover ceremony at the school on Thursday, November 29. Sharing in the moment are Sharon Dale, Chairman of the Board of Governors and a student.

The St Catherine High School has come closer to achieving their vision of a new state-of-the-art auditorium after a $5 million donation by Supreme Ventures Limited on Thursday.

A small delegation from SVL, headed by Chief Marketing Officer Heather Goldson, presented the contribution to school principal, Marlon Campbell and other members of the school executive and building committee. The handover was made in Pascal Hall, which now functions as the school’s main assembly point.  

Campbell, who was grateful for the boost to the project coffers, said the students are doing well at the parish and national level, having copped 35 performing arts awards this year alone and needed a space to take their craft to the next level.

“When you have talent and you don’t have the proper space for the talent to be showcased, that talent will not reach its full potential. We really want to create the kind of space where the kids can have a world-class experience,” he said.

Past President of the St. Catherine High Alumni Association and member of the building committee, Dr. Oniel Mundle said the new facility will seat 800 students with a stage, changing rooms, restrooms and a mezzanine. In addition to fostering the performing arts, the facility will host school functions and will be available to serve the wider Spanish Town area.

Supreme Ventures Corporate Communications Officer, Stephanie Todd (standing) looks on as Principal of the St. Catherine High School, Marlon Campbell (centre), Earl Headley, Senior Vice Principal and Glenda Dorban, Vice Principal complete the paperwork to officially receive a donation of $5 million from the gaming company for a new auditorium.

“Spanish Town currently does not have a space for the performing arts. There is nowhere to host a play or any other performance, but this auditorium will fill that need for the community as well as the school. We still have a little way to go but this [donation] is a major chunk of the funds we needed,” Dr. Mundle said.

Supreme Ventures Chief Marketing Officer, Heather Goldson, was impressed by the renderings and blueprints of the proposed auditorium and threw her full support behind the initiative.

“There is a direct correlation between students participating in the performing arts and doing well academically. They are more likely to be confident and this is the kind of spirit we want to engender in our youth. We are glad that we accepted the invitation to be a part of this project at St. Catherine High and look forward to strengthening this partnership in the future,” she said.

The project, which is slated for completion in December 2019 has received the assistance of various donors, including the CHASE Fund which threw its hat in the ring first with a donation of $50 million.

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