2013 Jamaican Inaugural Ball

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From fine cuisine and dancing to speeches from both Jamaican and U.S. dignitaries …

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“The David ‘Wagga’ Hunt Committee has provided scholarships to talented students from Kingston College and Calabar High Schools and through these scholarships have sought to encourage excellence in secondary education in very practical terms.”
— Cherryl Gordon, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Jamaican Embassy

Remarks from attendees…

“The event was great. Only sorry I didn’t discover the dance studio until late in the evening. However, I was able to enjoy and it helped with getting ready for carnival in a few weeks. Thanks again for organizing for the local Jamaican community. I got to see old friends and meet some new “– A. Golding

“Christopher and team, please allow me to add my heartfelt praise for a job well done. The company, food, and entertainment was excellent. May your scholarship continue to grow and provide for more students. Congratulations again on a job well done.” – R. Shaw

“I just wanted to congratulate you, the executives, and the organizing committee on an outstanding event. The location, the food and the entertainment was planned and presented in an outstanding manner. I could go on and state how everyone looked but some may get jealous and I may get in trouble so I’ll leave it at that. I look forward to supporting you and your team in future events. A job done well.” -P. McLeod

“You all did an outstanding job with the ball in every respect. My family and I enjoyed the event. Thank you for organizing such a nice event for a wonderful cause.” -N. Singh

“A truly memorable and classy event. Trust it was a financial success as well. Looks like a tradition in the making.” -F. Lubsey

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Join us for a night to remember

Stephen Vasciannie, Jamaican Ambassador to the United States

The David Hunt Committee Members in DC, under the Distinguished Patronage of the Jamaican Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency, Stephen C. Vasciannie will host a Jamaican Inaugural Ball.

This formal event will take place on Saturday, January 19, 2013, in the Elegant Atrium of the National Education Association (NEA) building, located at 1201 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036, from 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

In addition to partying Jamaican style we will be honoring and celebrating President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on their second inauguration and the continuing warm relationship of the USA/Jamaican governments.

All proceeds will go to the David Hunt Scholarship Fund which provides scholarships to deserving students at Calabar High School and Kingston College, in Jamaica.

Food and Beverage

Guests will enjoy a sumptuous selection of heavy hors d’oeuvres,  including seafood and vegetarian selections. We will have a number of hosted bars serving selections of imported and domestic beer (including Jamaica’s Red Stripe beer), wine, and a varied selection of non-alcoholic beverages (including Ting and Kola Champagne).

Non-alcoholic beverages 8:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Alcoholic beverages 8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Food 8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.



This inaugural ball will be rocking with Jamaican music featuring multiple areas of live entertainment including Donovan Marks and the Rainforest Band,  DJ Wilton “Prentice” Williams,  and special guest singer Michael “Silky” Schloss.

As an added attraction, we will also have an “Olympic Village” to recapture some of the highlights of the London 2012 Olympics. We will have giveaways throughout the night —  including a flat-screen TV.

Tickets are no longer available for this event. It is sold out!



atrium2Very fitting that we will be hosting the event at the National Education Association (NEA) Headquarters at 1201 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20036. The NEA commitment to public education is reflective of the numerous education opportunities afforded Jamaicans in the USA.  The NEA Atrium, with granite floors, soaring ceiling and beautifully-lit trees, serves as the building’s focal point and is the perfect place for this event.

Limited, complimentary garage parking in the building at 1525 M Street NW is included in the ticket price.

About David Hunt

waggaDavid, a distinguished past student of Kingston College (KC) – High School in Jamaica, was co-founder of Meadhaven United Football Club, former General Secretary of the Kingston & St. Andrew Football Association (KSAFA), former General Secretary of the Minor League Football Association, one of Jamaica’s most notable Track and Field Analysts, former Jamaica National Under-17 Football coach, and KC, Calabar High School (Calabar), and Meadowbrook High School Manning Cup coach.  He led Calabar to both the Manning Cup and Oliver Shield titles in 2005 before his untimely passing in October 2007 from a heart attack.  His passion for youth and sports were unequaled.

The goal of the Scholarship Initiative is to offer two (2) scholarships (J$100,000/US$1,200 per student) each year, to a 2nd year KC and Calabar student selected from nominated Grade Seven students who displays commendable academic performance and attitude, is involved in sports or other co-curricular activities, and is in need of financial assistance.  The scholarship period for each recipient covers Grade Eight to Grade Thirteen at a budgeted cost of J$600,000/US $7,200 per student, and covers tuition, books, lunch, and other related expenses.  To date, (8) scholarships have been awarded.


Organizing Committee

Jamaica: Christopher Hunt (Co-Chairman), Arnold “Dullo” McDonald (Co-Chairman), Wayne Robinson (Treasurer), Ludwig Don Streete (PRO), Leighton McKnight, Basil Waite, Ian Gage, Hamlin Pagon, Pete Smith, and Vermont Samuda.

USA: Christopher Hunt (Chair), Michael McPherson, Lloyd Anderson, Garth Pottinger, and Loxley O’Connor.

For further information about the event, please contact the David Hunt Fundraising Committee (Washington, DC) members:

Christopher Hunt  –  buggrass@aol.com
Michael McPherson  –  mgmcph5@gmail.com
Garth Pottinger  –  garthpott@verizon.net
Lloyd Anderson  – lloydanderson@juno.com
Loxley O’Connor – loxoconno@aol.com