Friends of Trelawny to Stage 26th Annual Reunion Weekend in New York.
Derrick A Scott Washington DC

Plans are in high gear for the staging of the Friends of Trelawny Association Inc. (FOTA ) 26th Annual Weekend to be held May 23rd – 26th in New York .

The reunion which brings together members of the Trelawny community residing in the United States , Canada , United Kingdom and Australia this year will showcase the myriad of developments now occurring and those scheduled for later within the parish of Trelawny.

The weekend activities will commence with the annual Dinner/Dance on Friday, May 23rd at the Holiday Inn JFK in Jamaica , New York . U.S. Congresswoman Yvette Clarke and Falmouth ’s mayor Junior Gager and Dr. Patrick Harris Member of Parliament for North Trelawny will be special guests.

On Saturday, May 24th Trelawny will be on display when FOTA will stage the Trelawny Expo & Symposium at the JFK Holiday Inn Grand Ballroom with its theme “Trelawny Sailing to Success” at 9:00 A.M.

Tourism Minister Ed Barlett will declare the Expo officially open. According to this year’s Expo director Paul Earle, the hotel ballroom will be converted into a Jamaica/Trelawny exhibition center. Mr. Earle outlined that the displays will include The Hampden Wharf Development, Harmony Cove, Jamaica Tourist Board, Jamaica Trade & Invest (JTI), Elmira Duncan’s Bay Housing Development, Grace Kennedy, Western Union , and Jamaica National. Mr. Earle also emphasize that the committee is still accepting additional exhibitors, who he say will have an opportunity to showcase their products and business opportunities to the expected large turnout of not only Jamaicans, but other interested investors who are invited by the organization.

Later that afternoon, Jamaica Trade and Investment will hold a Trade and Investment seminar. Panelist will include Minister of Tourism Ed Bartlett, will highlight the government’s approach to the development and the role of the Jamaica Diaspora; Scotia Bank Group of Jamaica CEO Bill Clarke, will offer his assessment from the private sector and how his company will play a pivotal role in future developments; Famouth’s Mayor Junior Gager, Member of Parliament Dr. Patrick Harris, and representatives from the Port Authority.

The weekend will come to a close on Sunday, May 26th with the staging of the 26th Annual Trelawny Reunion Picnic at the Rockland County State Park in Nyack , New York . The picnic is said to be the largest gathering of any group of Jamaicans residing overseas. Last year the State Park police estimated over 6000 persons were in attendance. According to the chairman of FOTA Patrick Beckford the picnic is expected to attract just over 8000 former residents and friends of Trelawny.

For more information folks can email: pbeckford@fotaus.org, pearle@fotaus.org or via phone Derrick Scott (202) 316 -9262 and Tomlin Anderson (347) 581-2320.

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