Press Release

NEW YORK, September 21, 2015–Montego Bay High School Alumnae Association of New York, Inc. (MBHSAA of NY) hosted its 2nd annual fundraising events on September 18-20 with over 500 Montego Bay High School (MBHS) alumnae and friends storming New York city to reconnect with their classmates and friends, some after as many as 50 years. The highlight of the weekend was celebrating their distinguished alumna Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Chaplain to the Queen of England and the House of Commons.

The reunion weekend began on Friday, September 18, with a Reception to honor and celebrate Rev. Rose followed by a Benefit Ball on Saturday at Maestros, church service on Sunday morning and culminated in a “Farewell Brunch” on Sunday, September 20. The reception on Friday was held at the award winning offices of Initiative, who co-sponsored the event with sister, media company Orion Holdings, both agencies of the IPG network. Jamaica’s Consul General of New York, The Honorable Herman G. LaMont was in attendance and in his remarks he sent greetings to the Queen of England. Vocalist Nicole Quiles and saxophonist Rodney James, award winners from the New York City Academic Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACTSO) student program, serenaded Reverend Rose. The highlight of the evening was hearing about Rev. Rose’s journey from her humble background in Montego Bay Jamaica to her current role at Westminster Abby and The House of Commons.

The formal Benefit ball was held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 and highlighted the 80th anniversary of the school with a theme of Empowerment. The goal of this year’s fundraising efforts is to raise $50,000 to assist the school in building additional classrooms specifically a study room for the 6th form students that was recently reinstated after 30 plus years. This year’s ball was an entertaining and inspiring event. Master of Ceremonies was the extraordinary Rev. Canon Calvin McIntyre and the Keynote Speaker was MBHS alumna and pioneer, Rev. Rose Hudson-Wilkin. Violinist Nadje Leslie and ACTSO-NY singer, Nicole Quiles, who was invited to sing after her stellar performance at the reception on Friday evening, serenaded guests. The organization surprised Rev. Rose with an award for Distinguished Alumnae, presented by Maxine Brown-Hylton, VP of the Association and class of 1976. The 2015 MBHSAA of NY Beacon Award recipient is Ms. Myrtle Dwyer, O.D., and Chairman of the Board for Montego Bay High School; who unfortunately was unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances.

“New York is the perfect setting for our Second Annual Benefit Ball and Fundraising weekend,” said Merlene Mullings, President of MBHSAA of NY. “We have a large number of alumnae living in the tri-state area and I am delighted with the outpouring of support from as far away as London, Grand Cayman, Canada, Jamaica, and the Bahamas. We are thankful for our sponsors and supporters including Initiative, Orion Holdings, Caribbean Food Delights in New York, Westchester Marriott, Nicole and Michael Falcone of White Birch Vineyards, and many others who believe in our cause. We are especially grateful to Mr. Brian McMahon, CEO of Orion Holdings, for his generous donations and to Caribbean Airlines for graciously contributing our gate prize.

We are also thankful to Mr. John St. Omer, GM of The Hilton in Philadelphia, Randi Schochet and the Tryall Hotel in Jamaica for our major raffle prizes and to all of our supporters, we are grateful!!”

About MBHSAA of NY

Montego Bay High School Alumnae Association of New York Inc. (MBHSAA of NY) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supporting Montego Bay High School. The organization maintains a Facebook page ( for its alumnae and provides regular updates on all alumnae activities and events. To learn more, please visit us at

Merlene Mullings
(914) 920-6299

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