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A Royal Affair

Sunday, March 25, 2018

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The plush cream carpet was rolled out Thursday evening at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel for the 48th staging of the Sagicor Group Jamaica Annual Corporate Awards. The event, lauded in corporate circles for its glittering presentation and stylish attendees, lived up to its billing. Indeed, based on the reaction of the many bystanders who paused to watch the arrival of the glitterati, the style quotient was upped to the max.

The theme this year was 'Royal' and the ladies and gentlemen of Sagicor used the opportunity to channel their most regal sides.

The royal style watch continued in the ballroom where décor doyenne Ann Marie Wyss created a setting arguably suited for members of the Sagicor royal family.

With patrons comfortably seated in rows of gilded labelled chairs the Jamaica Youth Chorale signalled the start of the function with the singing of the National Anthem. Margaret Powell, financial advisor, Sagicor Life of the Cayman Islands, led guests in prayer. Self-proclaimed King of the Dancehall Beenie Man kicked off the evening's high-calibre entertainment package. This was followed by an unexpected but oh-so-well-received twist with a short vignette starring iconic theatre personality Oliver Samuels ahead of his introduction as one of the affair's three MCs. A parade of past beauty queens followed with Miss Jamaica World Joan McDonald receiving a standing ovation. Yendi Phillipps and Terri-Karelle Reid returned to the stage to co-anchor the evening's proceedings with their usual charm, wit and repartee. Addresses came from Dr Richard Byles, chairman, Sagicor Group Jamaica, and President & CEO of Sagicor Group Christopher Zacca ahead of the presentation of 65 awards.

Guests were kept in an upbeat mood all evening long, the result of smartly injected entertainment breaks that included Queen Ifrica, Alaine (Laughton), Tessanne Chin and Gem Myers repping for the females and Yellow Man, Tony Rebel, Sanchez and Ken Booth for the men. It was now time for the real party to kick off and it certainly did with Kurt 'The Party Animal' Riley at the controls. In between partying guests fuelled up on the sumptuous spread provided by the hotel's award-winning executive Chef Mark Cole and his team.

SO is not sure how Alysia Moulton White and her team plan to improve on this truly spectacular affair come 2019... but we certainly look forward!

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