Janet Silvera, Gleaner Writer
What does it cost to make a difference in someone's life?
$5000. provides a full annual tuition for one University student.
$2000. Provides online monitoring and customized literacy program for one classroom.
$1600. Provides a fulll annual tuition for one Community College student.
$ 625. Provides annual textbooks, uniforms & transportation for one High School student.
$ 500. Provides two weekly evening health clinics.
The philanthropic men and women behind the annual Taste of Tryall fund-raiser promised an evening of extraordinary delights and they delivered. But they never promised the rubbing of shoulders with a man many Jamaicans have come to adore and admire, the handsome, approachable and unpretentious NCIS' Michael 'Anthony DiNozzio' Weatherly, who accommodated star-struck fans by posing for photos.
They did, however, warn that the palate would be pleased with outstanding samples of superb food prepared by 60 private Tryall Villa chefs, while sipping specially prepared exotic cocktails. Hosted by the Tryall Fund, a charitable organisation focused on helping to improve education and health initiatives in the parish of Hanover, the organisation boasts that 100 per cent of all monies raised during the evening would be dedicated to community programmes.
The fund's chairperson, Terri McGraw, said, "The money raised each year allows us to continue our work at the Sandy Bay Basic School, to provide a number of to outstanding students, as well as support our medical and dental clinics for the community."
Adding to the exciting evening's festivities was an impressive silent auction showcasing a unique display of exotic jewellery, artwork and exclusive dinner and vacation packages. And, as if this was not enough, DJ Murdoch's musical talent and versatility had patrons stuck to the dance floor all night.
The Tryall Fund is solely administered by the Fund's Board of Directors and
Twenty students who have gained entry to Jamaica high schools, colleges and universities for the fall semester, have been awarded scholarships by the Tryall Scholarship Fund valued at close to 2 million JA dollars.
The scholarships were presented during a ceremony at the Tryall Club's Great House property on Wednesday August 24, 2011. The main presentation, the Louise Cullman Scholarship, was awarded to Anthea Williamson, who will be attending Montego Bay Community College.Read more...
'SUCCESS BY SIX'
The Tryall Fund's major initiative 'Success by Six',
focusing on preschool children ages 3-5 years old and their caregivers is seeing tremendous success! In June 2010, the first graduating class from our model school completed their first year in primary school all placing in the top 5% of their new classes!
As the new school year begins at our model school, The Sandy Bay Basic School, we are in the process of:
- Providing literacy and developmental assessments for each student.
- Customizing a computer literacy program based the needs of each student.
- Providing workshops on parenting skills for the children's caregivers.
The Tryall Fund is the only organization focusing on both the child and caregiver to increase literacy skills at home.