The Caribbean American Cultural Arts Foundation Inc. will host a fundraising reception to support children of The Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian. The reception will be hosted Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Commerce Club, 191 Peachtree Street NE, 49th Floor, Atlanta from 6-8 p.m. 

“Good Day, Atlanta” anchor Sharon Lawson will host the night that will feature a special State of the Bahamas message from Bahamas Consul General of Atlanta Astra Armbrister-Rolle. Proceeds will benefit The Grand Bahama Children’s Home.

Tickets for the reception are $50 for non-members of the Commerce Club and free to members. They can be purchased at www.culturaltickets.com and additional donations can be made at www.caribbeanculturalarts.org.

The event comes as the people of The Bahamas prepare to mark 90-days since the deadly and devastating storm ravaged the Caribbean island chain.

The reception will support efforts to reopen The Grand Bahama Children’s Home. The facility, which has been in operation since 1977, provides warm beds, delicious meals, access to education and play areas to orphaned children. In September, when the storm hit and floodwaters rose, the children at the Grand Bahama Children’s Home were evacuated to a shelter where they would be safe. 

Their building was no match for the sheer force of the storm’s winds and floods. Once the storm passed, the aftermath revealed a total loss of all items inside with damages to the building. From refrigerators, stoves to toys, books and toothbrushes, the children need items and monetary support to restore normalcy.

“Having lived through deadly hurricanes, I know how storms can disrupt and destroy everyday life,” said Caribbean American Cultural Arts Foundation Chairman Michael Thomas. “As adults, we can figure out how to move on but for children, the adjustment can be more challenging and add the issue of being an orphan and it complicates matters even more.” 

“That’s why it is so important for us to step up and help restore daily life for these precious children,” he added.

The Bahamas Consul General Atlanta Astra Armbrister-Rolle will also use the occasion to share what has been done with donations from tens of thousands of people across Atlanta. She will explain how the government has moved quickly and efficiently to take care of its citizens. 

She will also highlight details on the return of public services and utilities and share major announcements on alliances and partnerships within the business and health industries on the islands. 

“I’m proud to see the community standing strong with The Bahamas,” Armbrister-Rolle said. “This is a beautiful example of the village healing itself and I am grateful to the organizers for what they are doing to help.”

Hurricane Dorian pounded at the northern Bahamas early Monday. The storm remained a dangerous Category 5, even as it’s maximum sustained winds slowed. Mandatory evacuations were ordered in parts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. (Photo by: The Associated Press)
Vladimir Safford an immigrant from Haiti walks through the rubble next to his home in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in Abaco, Bahamas, Monday, Sept. 16, 2019. Dorian hit the northern Bahamas on Sept. 1, with sustained winds of 185 mph (295 kph), unleashing flooding that reached up to 25 feet (8 meters) in some areas. (AP Photo / Ramon Espinosa)

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