January 26, 2009
EMEs TO AID RIO GRANDE TRUCK CRASH VICTIMS
The dependents and survivors of the accident on the Rio Grande Valley road which claimed 14 lives in December will receive additional support through an initiative of the Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards.
Come awards night, February 5, attendees to the event, at the Gardens of the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston are being asked to take a donation to be added to the special account established on behalf of the victims’ families. A donation will also be made directly from the EMEs.
Chairman and Founder of the EMEs, Richard "Richie B" Burgess stated that he felt compelled to support the cause, not only as a concerned Jamaican and a public figure, but as a native of the parish of Portland. "We in the EME family feel very strongly about giving back, and this cause in particular really merits the effort, as no doubt the families are facing some very difficult circumstances in addition to the burden of grief at their loss."
Minister of State, Project Implementation and Service Delivery and Member of Parliament, Daryl Vaz, commended Burgess and the EME team for using his platform in the media and entertainment fileds to achieve a greater good. The Minister will also be a special guest at the awards show.
“It is very generous of you to use the Awards function to raise funds for the dependents of the victims of the Rio Grande Valley tragedy. This is the kind of initiative that we encourage and we hope that others, inspired by your action, will respond in a similar manner."
Persons wishing to addd their support can send donations to :
A Helping Hand for the Children of Portland's Rio Grande Valley
National Commercial Bank Account No.: 351 077 328
The EME Awards grew out of an in-studio presentation on Richie B's popular Hot Mix afternoon radio show to become a staple on the entertainment calendar. The top names in Jamaican entertainment will vie for and present awards.