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UWI Black Tie Fundraiser passes TT$3M mark

For Release Upon Receipt - December 1, 2008

St. Augustine

“60” – The Gala, The University of the West Indies’ black-tie fundraiser dinner, has already attracted financial support to the tune of over TT$3M. This announcement was made on November 17th, 2008, at the media launch for “60” – The Gala at the Office of the Campus Principal, UWI St. Augustine.

“60” – The Gala, the climactic conclusion to the University’s yearlong 60th Anniversary celebrations, is a red carpet affair to be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on December 12th, 2008 under the patronage of His Excellency Professor George Maxwell Richards, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and former UWI St Augustine Campus Principal.

The media launch of “60” – The Gala was chaired by Professor Gurmohan Kochhar, Chair of the Gala Black Tie Fundraising Committee. Professor Kochhar urged all the University’s stakeholders to renew and strengthen their relationships with the longstanding regional institution.

To date, four major corporate sponsors have responded to the University’s urgent call and have been officially recognised as ‘Diamond Sponsors’. They are Western Scientific, National Gas Company (NGC), Petrotin and BP Trinidad and Tobago.

Mr. Arnold Corneal, Manager of Corporate Communications, Petrotrin, praised the University for “service unequalled in the educational fraternity” and commented on UWI’s impact on the local and regional landscape in the field of education. Mr. Corneal also pledged Petrotrin’s lifelong partnership with the university, asserting that the University had earned the company’s respect and support.

Ms Jeannette Elias, Manager of Corporate Communications, NGC, also extended congratulations to the University on achieving this significant milestone in their institutional history, and expressed her company’s continued commitment to education at all levels.

Pro Vice Chancellor and Campus Principal, Professor Clement Sankat noted that, “60” – The Gala “sets the stage for stronger partnerships between the university, our regional governments, the leaders of business and industry in the Caribbean, and all our Alumni spread across the Caribbean Diaspora.” His address closed with a final appeal to government, business, industry, alumni and staff to continue to support the University fund-raising.

Mr. James Richardson, President of the UWI Alumni Association (Trinidad and Tobago Chapter) urged all present to “consider the possibility that in our lifetime, there will be no greater opportunity than this to join the University in demonstrating unflinching dedication to the advancement of our peoples, our nations, and our region as a whole.”

In her closing remarks, Mrs. Dawn-Marie De Four-Gill, University Director of Marketing and Communications, acknowledged the support offered by corporate Trinidad and Tobago.

For more information about the Gala Fundraising Black Tie Dinner, please contact the Local Organising Committee at or (868) 662-2002 Ext. 3635.