Members of the APC New York Chapter held their fund raising dance in honor of Sierra Leone’s 50th Independence Anniversary at the Bronxville Boys Scout Cabin, 1820 Midland Avenue, Bronxville, New York on Saturday April 9th, 2011. This Spectacular event was graced by supporters and members of the All People’s Congress across the United States. Members of the opposition parties, Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) and the People’s Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC), were also in attendance. (Photo: New York Executive)
Speaking on behalf of the APC New York Chapter, Mr. Samuel Koroma, President of the Chapter, expressed his profound thanks and appreciation to everyone who graced the occasion. “Your tremendous outpouring of support to this fund raising event is a clear indication of your patriotism and love for our beloved country, Sierra Leone,” Mr. Koroma pointed out to the Grand Chief Patron, H. E. Shekou Toure, Sierra Leone Permanent Representative to the United Nations, the Chief Patrons, Patrons and all those who turned out for the event.
The program proper started with both Christian and Muslim prayers, Mr. C. B. Amara, Vice President of the APC New York Chapter and Mr. KDK respectively. The wife of the APC New York Chapter Vice President, Mrs. Amara who has made a very outstanding contribution to the success of the New York Chapter, was Master of Ceremonies. She was introduced by Mr. Bami Parkes, one of New York’s leading voices of the APC. After the recognition of all the Executive and members of the New York Chapter and other Sierra Leoneans who graced the event, Mr. Samuel S. Turay, Secretary General of the Chapter gave a very inspiring welcome address. He urged all Sierra Leoneans to make a meaningful contribution toward Sierra Leone’s 50th Independence Anniversary Celebration.
New York Hunting
The North American Branch “movers and shakers” were on hand to grace this spectacular event. The Chairman of the APCNA, Mr. Al-Aziz Turay and the Vice Chairman, Mr. Sallieu H. Conteh were also present. Chairman Aziz Turay introduced members of the North American Branch. The APCNA Director of Regional Affairs, Mr. Foday Mansaray from New Jersey and the Sierra Leone Herald Tribune Cameraman who is known for his “on the spot live reporting,” Mr. Hamjat Jallomy Bah was also there with his camera.
Other “movers and shakers” that attended the New York Chapter fund raising were Mr. and Mrs. Essa Thaim Kurugba, Mr. and Mrs. Abdul Bero Kamara, the wife of honorable Alimamy Kargbo, Mrs. Kadie Kargbo and Madam Marie Salim from Washington DC and the Sierra Leone Super Stars and Chairman of the Sierra Leoneans Soccer Tournament Federation, Mr. Sentu Johnson were on hand for this memorable event.
The Minister Plenipotentiary of the Permanent Mission of Sierra Leone, Rev. Leroy Wilfred Kabs-Kanu, was accorded the honor of introducing the Permanent Representative to the United Nations, H. E. Shekou Toure. Answering to the call for National Duty, Mr. Shekou Toure served as the event Keynote Speaker who was also accompanied the deputy Permanent Representative for Legal Affairs H. E. Mr. Osman Keh Kamara.
Among highlight of the night were special performances by Sierra Leone’s ‘Gospel Trail Blazer,” Vicky Fornah and the New York Hunting. The crowd exploded with euphoria when Mr. Victor Simbo, the APCNA Fund Raising Director and a member of the New York APC Chapter led the Hunting performance.
Sallieu H. Conteh